Fashion Scholarship Fund Case Study Scholarship

2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund Case Study Scholarship recipients Meredith Liu, Eric Li, and Raelyn Browning.

Posted by Sam Fox School February 18, 2020


Three Sam Fox School fashion design students—Raelyn Browning, Eric Li, and Meredith Liu—are recipients of the Fashion Scholarship Fund Case Study Scholarship. Each of the merit-based awards is worth $5,000.

The annual program features an in-depth student challenge focused on real issues facing the fashion industry. For this year’s case, students were asked to focus on pairing a publicly trading fashion company with a non-fashion company through either the lens of design, merchandising, analytics, or supply chain.

Cases were judged on the depth and relevance of students’ research, the creativity and feasibility of their ideas, and the clarity with which these elements were conveyed.

“This is a highly competitive national award to identify future fashion industry leaders,” said Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, head of the school’s fashion design program. “Our students really pushed themselves to think outside of conventional paths! Meredith paired Victoria’s Secret with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, proposing an innovative line of bras for breast cancer survivors. Eric focused on sustainable smart clothing in his proposal to connect Moncler with Tesla, aiming to set a new standard for technological integration with garments. Raelyn paired Ann Taylor with Weenect to start a line of GPS-enabled women’s wear that would make it easier for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia to live independently.

"These students are pushing the fashion industry in new and important directions, addressing the well-being of humans and the planet in their work."

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The recipients were honored at the annual FSF Awards Gala in New York. In addition to the scholarship funds, they can join the FSF Mentor Program and select a mentor during the year of their award.

Debra Malbin (Fashion Scholarship Fund Board of Governors; founder, Debra Malbin Associates), Meredith Liu (BFA20), Eric Li (BFA20), Raelyn Browning (BFA20), Brittany Katz (BSBA13; merchandise planner, INTERMIX), and Felicia Podbereseky (BFA13; designer, Macy's) at the awards gala.

About the Fashion Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1937, the Fashion Scholarship Fund supports the careers of the country’s most promising fashion students from all backgrounds. It awards over $1.2 million each year to help students succeed in all sectors of the industry: design, merchandising, analytics, marketing, and supply chain, among others. The FSF also provides scholars with coveted internship and career opportunities, mentorships, networking, and access to the industry's most influential leaders and companies.