Press Release / Jan. 15, 2013

SCAD fashion student wins Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Award

SCAD fashion student Angelique Matthews was honored with the 2013 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Award at a ceremony held Jan. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel ballroom in New York. Matthews is one of only four winners from universities across the country of this prestigious $30,000 scholarship package.

"I am so ecstatic," Matthews said. "I woke up the next morning feeling like I had been dreaming. I am so grateful for all the opportunities the YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene scholarship fund has provided me. I could not have gone this far without all my mentors from SCAD."

Competitors were challenged to create a new and innovative pop-up store using the newest technology. Matthews created "Tread," a pop-up store experience bringing together the fashion needs of the extreme sports community with the mobility of a food truck - a store that would travel from one extreme sports location to the next.

She designed a collection of extreme-sports wear for both men and women and put together a comprehensive business plan that included start-up costs, marketing and advertising plans, and expansion strategies.

Also honored that evening were six SCAD students named YMA Scholars. Each received a $5,000 scholarship. Those students are:

  • Andra Hiles (B.F.A. student, fashion marketing and management)
  • Keiara Joyner (B.F.A. student, fashion)
  • Linda La (B.F.A. student, fashion marketing and management)
  • Annalise Lao (B.F.A student, fashion)
  • Carmen Osorio Lugo (B.F.A. student, fashion)
  • Jane Xiang (B.F.A. student, fashion marketing and management)

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the fashion industry's next generation through scholarships for education in fashion arts and business, mentorships with top designers, and internships with distinguished fashion houses.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.

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