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Virgil Abloh’s ‘Post-Modern’ Scholarship Fund: What fashion students should know

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A display of the Louis Vuitton and Nike's Air Force One by Virgil Abloh at a New York Store. Source: Theo Wargo/AFP

Are you interested in carving yourself a career in fashion and connecting with industry mentors? The Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund is for students of Black, African-American, or African descent.

The ”Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund is the brainchild of the late fashion trailblazer, Virgil Abloh, and was launched in July 2020 at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement.

It was introduced to ”foster equity and inclusion within the fashion industry by providing scholarships to students of academic promise of Black, African-American, or African descent, supporting the next generation of Black fashion industry leaders”, according to a press release.

The ”Post-Modern” scholarship is funded through donations; to date, it has racked up over one million US dollars.

Virgil Abloh launches the Post-Modern Scholarship Fund to create the next generation of Black fashion industry leaders

Virgil Abloh launched the Post-Modern Scholarship Fund which is raised through donations to create the next generation of Black fashion industry leaders. Source: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

How to apply for the Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund

Scholarship recipients will receive US$7,500 which will be awarded prior to the commencement of the winner’s Spring Semester.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be enrolled at one of the FSF member schools as a full-time junior student. They must also maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the fashion industry. International students from outside the US who have not fulfilled the aforementioned requirements will not be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

The application for the “Post-Modern” Scholarship will be open for application in April 2022 through the FCF’s Case Study Competition. Applicants are required to submit a completed case study by mid-October 2022.

Virgil Abloh’s ”Post-Modern” Scholarship does not just entitle scholarship recipients to receive funding, but it also gives candidates the opportunity to access career support services and mentoring.

 

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Virgil Abloh’s partners who currently support the scholarship include Evian, Farfetch, Louis Vuitton, New Guards Group and Nike; more partners will be announced in the future. The scholarship is managed in partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF).

The recipients of the Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarships are expected to be announced in December. Click here for details.