2018-2019 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund


YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund


Over Two Hundred and Twenty Scholarships of $5,000 or More are Being Offered to Undergraduate Students Across the U.S.

Multiple Scholarship Could Be Awarded to Students at USC

Founded in 1937, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) is an international non-profit organization composed of influential members of the fashion industry. Click here for the YMA FSF website. The Fashion Scholarship Fund’s goal is to advance the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enterprising young people to learn about different types of opportunities in the fashion industry. Click here for more information about the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund.

All FSF scholarship applicants will enter a case study competition. Over 220 students who enter this competition will win a scholarship of $5,000 or more. Last year, 540 applicants participated in this competition.

Click here for information about the Case Study Competition.

To win a YMA FSF Scholarship, you must complete a written case study in either a) marketing & merchandising, b) design & product development, c) technology & analytics, or d) supply chain management. This year, the FSF case study is focused on the Globalization of Fashion. You may focus the case study on a fashion retailer of your choice, and you will develop international expansion recommendations for that retailer.

Click here for the Case Study Prompt.

Additional clarification about the case study can be found on a FAQ page at the YMA FSF website.

Click here for the Case Study Competition FAQ Page.

Students who win this scholarship will be invited to the FSF Awards Gala in New York City from January 9-11, 2019 (expenses paid by the YMA FSF). The Awards Gala includes networking and information events with company recruiters in the fashion industry, a FSF career fair, and the FSF awards dinner. The YMA FSF helps scholars to find internships and jobs in the fashion industry and matches scholars to mentors working in the fashion industry.

This scholarship is open to all undergraduate students at USC. This is an individual scholarship, so all case studies must be completed individually. Applicants must be an undergraduate student at USC, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be interested in learning more about opportunities in the fashion industry. 

If you have any questions, please email Professor Dennis Schorr at dschorr@marshall.usc.edu.


By September 7                  All applicants must complete the FSF Scholarship Application and Internship Survey on SlideRoom.

Note: If you plan to participate, please do this by September 7. However, if you are not sure, you can do this after this date. Please do this as soon as you know that you’ll participate.

Instructions: The link to the SlideRoom application portal is https://ymafsf.slideroom.com. First time FSF applicants will create their new SlideRoom account. Repeat FSF applicants will use the SlideRoom account and login credentials they set up last year.  All applicants complete the 2019 FSF Scholarship Application and Summer Internship Survey, then click “Save and Exit”. 

By September 10                Email your resume to Professor Dennis Schorr at dschorr@marshall.usc.edu. Professor Schorr will then submit your resume to the YMA FSF.

Email your STARS report (showing your current GPA) to Ms. Valencia Winston in the USC Marshall School Undergraduate Career Services Office at vwinston@marshall.usc.edu and CC Professor Dennis Schorr at dschorr@marshall.usc.edu. This is to verify that you meet the eligibility requirements for this scholarship.

Note: If you plan to participate, please email these by September 10. However, if you are not sure, you can have until September 18 to submit these.

By September 18                Final deadline to email resume and STARS report (see September 10 instructions).

September 21                     Submit a draft of your case study by this date to Professor Dennis Schorr at dschorr@marshall.usc.edu.

                                                        Note: Your final case study is due on October 1, but please submit a draft by this date, so that it can be reviewed in advance of submission.

October 1                             Deadline for 2019 FSF Scholarship case study submissions by 11:00 PM EST

Note: The deadline of 11:00 PM is New York time. It must be submitted by 8:00 PM California time. Please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application and case study. Case studies will not be accepted if they are not in by this deadline. Submit early to make sure there are no last minute technical difficulties.

Instructions: Your completed case study must be uploaded in PDF format to the SlideRoom application portal.