2020-2021 Fashion Scholarship Fund
Fashion Scholarship Fund Case Competition
More than 200 undergraduate students from 62 universities will win:
- Scholarships of $5,000 (finalists $7,500-$35,000)
- Expense-paid trip to NY for January 2021
career fair, networking events & gala awards dinner
- Summer fashion industry internships
- Mentorships from industry leaders
- Industry job placement assistance
- Professional development events
Details about the Scholarship
All Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) scholarship applicants will enter a case study competition. Over 200 students who enter this competition will win a scholarship of $5,000 or more. A small number of the top winners will win a scholarship between $7,500 and $35,000. Last year, 650 applicants participated in this competition.
The deadline to submit the case study is October 18, 2020. This scholarship is open to all undergraduate students at USC with a minimum GPA of 3.2 who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors during the Fall, 2020 semester. This is an individual scholarship, so all case studies must be completed individually.
To win a FSF Scholarship, you must complete a written case study in one of the following four areas:
- Merchandising – Develop a socially impactful online and in-store merchandise campaign.
Click here for the Merchandising Case Study Prompt.
- Design and Product Development – Develop a fashion line for the Gen Z consumer.
Click here for the Design and Product Development Case Study Prompt.
- Marketing Analytics – Improving promotional effectiveness for a fashion brand.
Click here for the Marketing Analytics Case Study Prompt.
- Supply Chain – Develop the supply chain plan for a new DTC e-commerce business.
Click here for the Supply Chain Case Study Prompt.
Please decide which area you would like to compete in, as you may only compete in one of the four areas listed above. Please note that two of the four areas are related to marketing: Merchandising is a more typical type of marketing case study and Marketing Analytics is a more analytical modeling type of case study.
Students who win this scholarship will be invited to the FSF Awards Gala in New York City in January 2021 (expenses paid by the 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 FSF helps scholarship winners find internships and jobs in the fashion industry, matches scholarship winners to mentors working in the fashion industry, and organizes a variety of exclusive professional development events for scholarship winners.
Founded in 1937, the Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) is an international non-profit organization composed of influential members of the fashion industry. The Fashion Scholarship Fund’s goal is to advance the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enterprising college students to learn about different types of opportunities in the fashion industry.
If you are interested in this Case Study Competition and would like to be placed on a mailing list to receive updates and additional information, please fill out the following survey as soon as possible:
If you have any questions, please email Professor Dennis Schorr at email@example.com.
Steps and Timeline to Apply
May – September 2020
- Complete the Survey to be Placed on a Mailing List of Interested USC Students as soon as you decide to participate so that you can receive advice and updates. Click on the link above for this survey.
- Register with the FSF on the Wizehive portal and fill out the FSF Applicant Profile and Eligibility Quiz as soon as you decide to participate so that you can receive communications and reminders. The link to register on Wizehive is https://webportalapp.com/sp/21_fashionscholarshipfund
- Work on the FSF Case Study. Begin working on the case study during the summer so that you have plenty of time to complete it before the October 18th deadline.
- Solicit advice and feedback from the USC FSF advisor: Professor Dennis Schorr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before September 30, 2020
- You should submit a draft of your case study to Professor Schorr at email@example.com by September 30, 2020, so that it can be reviewed in advance of submission. However, you should seek Professor Schorr’s advice and feedback well before this date, as you develop the research, analyses, and recommendations for this case study.
- The deadline for registering with the FSF on Wizehive and filling out the FSF Applicant Profile and Eligibility Quiz is September 30, 2020. However, you should register with the FSF on Wizehive well before this deadline. You should register as soon as you decide to participate so that you receive relevant communications and reminders.
Before October 18, 2020, at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
- The DEADLINE for uploading your case study submission on Wizehive is October 18, 2020, by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. The Wizehive submission portal will automatically close at this time.
- The deadline of 11:59 PM in New York time. It must be submitted by 8:59 PM California time. Please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your case study. The uploading process might take some time. 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.