True Religion partners with Fashion Scholarship Fund for Los Angeles student support
True Religion announced on Wednesday a new partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) which will see the company support a Los Angeles-based student from an underrepresented community pursue a career in fashion.
The Los Angeles-based denim brand said it has inked the True Religion x FSF Community College Bridge Scholarship with FSF, inviting one student from the local El Camino College, an LA-based community college that has a high population of students from underrepresented backgrounds. El Camino has a history of sending its students on to both the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and Otis College of Art and Design.
True Religion said the scholarship is aimed at "nurturing and providing professional and educational access to an awarded student who otherwise might not have a path to these career building experiences," according to a press release.
“I’m extremely proud of this exciting new program,” said Theresa Watts, senior vice president of human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion at True Religion. “Mentorship and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) initiatives are core values to the True Religion brand. Providing these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to young talent in partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund is something we hope to continue doing for a long time.”
True Religion will provide financial backing and "related deliverables" to one student, supporting their transition to and throughout their entire experience at a four-year degree program, the company said.
The partnership will also foster career growth with mentorship and internship opportunities while providing the student access to all Fashion Scholarship Fund professional development and networking opportunities.
“By identifying and supporting talent earlier in the pipeline, and providing a bridge to, and through, a four-year college experience, we can start to address issues of access and equity sooner and give community college students meaningful opportunities to acquire relevant knowledge, skills, and pre-employment experiences," said Peter Arnold, executive director, Fashion Scholarship Fund.
Applications will be accepted this fall, with a winner notified by the end of the year.
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