Virgil Abloh joins governing board of Fashion Scholarship Fund

Virgil Abloh joins governing board of Fashion Scholarship Fund

Virgil Abloh has joined the board of governors of the Fashion
Scholarship Fund (FSF). This news comes three months after the fashion
designer and creative director launched the Virgil Abloh Post Modern
Scholarship Fund in partnership with the FSF.

As a board member for the FSF, Abloh will mentor and help provide
scholarships, internships and professional development opportunities
to the organization’s scholars.

“We are so honored to have Virgil join the FSF Board,” Peter
Arnold, FSF’s executive director, said in a statement. “His efforts to
promote equity and inclusion directly align with our inherent mission
to attract and support a diverse pool of industry talent. The FSF has
received a record number of applicants for this year’s scholarship
competition. By working with top HBCUs and other schools that have
significant populations of students of color, we are attracting highly
talented students who we believe represent the future of the industry.
We are expanding our outreach to these schools and have plans to
onboard an additional six HBCUs in 2021.”

Abloh’s work with the FSF started this past July when he launched
the Post Modern fund and raised 1 million dollars with the support of
partners Evian, Farfetch, Louis Vuitton, New Guards Group and
Off-White. The scholarship will provide greater opportunities for
Black students through grants of 5,000 dollars for their spring
semesters as well as paid summer internships at various fashion
companies and access to FSF career programming and professional
development resources.

“I’m thrilled to be ramping up my involvement with the FSF as we
work together for long-term change in our industry,” Abloh stated.
“Since announcing the Post-Modern fund, I’ve had the privilege of
speaking with FSF students, and their determination and optimism is
inspiring. Young Black people are ready to be heard, and it’s high
time we provided them with the in-roads and opportunities they need to
become the next heads of our fashion houses.”

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