FOXTALK Winter 2014 - page 10

10 Winter 2014
FASHION
When the stars of the New York
fashion world gathered at the Waldorf
Astoria in early January to honor indus-
try leaders present and future, Marist
students were front and center.
The YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National
Scholarship Awards, among the indus-
try’s most prestigious competitions,
drew entrees from the country’s top 41
fashion and business programs, includ-
ing Harvard, the Fashion Institute of
Technology, and the Savannah College
of Art & Design, in addition to Marist.
By night’s end, Marist students had
captured six $5,000 scholarships,
one $10,000 scholarship, and one of
only four $30,000 Geoffrey Beene
Scholarship awards, which went to
Nicole Rodgers, a junior fashion design
major from Byfield, Mass. The New York
Times mentioned Marist in its coverage
of the event, which also featured indus-
try achievement awards for designers
and others.
To succeed in the scholarship com-
petition, students had to demonstrate
both fashion and business savvy in a
case study that called for the creation
of a pop-up shop for a fashion retailer
that incorporates the latest technol-
ogy. Scholarships were awarded based
entirely on merit, taking into consider-
ation the applicants’ GPAs, the comple-
tion of a case study project, a personal
essay, and an interview with a YMA
Fashion Scholarship Foundation (FSF)
Ambassador.
“I could not be more pleased with the
hard work and well-earned success of
Marist shines at fashion scholarship awards gala
our students and the superb mentor-
ing of these students by the fashion
faculty,” said Fashion Program Director
Radley Cramer, who, along with several
members of the fashion faculty and
members of the College’s senior ad-
ministration, turned out to support the
scholarship winners. “These students
will become the next leaders of the
fashion industry.“
With eight winners overall, Marist’s
showing at this year’s event was its best
ever. In terms of total awards among
the 41 schools, it finished behind only
Cornell University, which had nine
winners. Relative to the size, however,
Marist had the most winners among the
field.
Marist winners were: Maria Catalano, a
sophomore fashion design major from
Collegeville, Penn.; Kellie-Anne Cerini,
a junior fashion design major from
Nesconset, N.Y.; Philippa Hatch, a junior
fashion design and fashion merchandis-
ing double major from Middletown,
Md.; Jill Hub, a sophomore fashion
design major from Pompton Plains, N.J.;
Dana Liu, a junior fashion design major
from Northport, N.Y.; Paige Palermo,
a senior fashion merchandising major
from Saugus, Mass., who won $10,000
in recognition for her being one of
the top six applicants with the highest
overall rating of their proposals; Marissa
Wilson, a sophomore fashion design
major from Howell, N.J.; and Nicole
Rodgers.
Because of the prestige of the YMA/
FSF Geoffrey Beene awards, Cramer
said, their ultimate worth to the winners
goes well beyond their dollar value.
“Scholarship winners are sought after
by leading fashion companies. They
participate in a variety of events and
internships that put them in direct
contact with industry leaders. At the
top level, the Geoffrey Beene award, the
visibility for the student is even greater.”
Rogers said: “I chose Marist because
of the great opportunities it presents.
What sets Marist apart from other fash-
ion schools is the well-rounded liberal
arts education that fashion students are
receiving along with their degree.”
As a high school student in Byfield,
Rogers was always creatively inclined.
Fashion drew her interest because it
provides an opportunity for everyone
to be creative in their own way every
day, in all circumstances. “What I love
about fashion is that you are creating an
outlet for people to express themselves.
Every morning, people wake up and
make a choice, whether consciously or
subconsciously, as to how they want to
be perceived through the clothing they
are wearing.”
Last year, she won Marist’s Sophomore
Design Award and the YMA/FSF
Scholarship, which made her eligible
to be nominated by the Marist Fashion
Program as a candidate for this year’s
Geoffrey Beene Scholarship.
Her winning concept focused on
sustainability throughout the entire
product life cycle.
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