HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Centenary University has announced a new scholarship that will be offered to the winners of the fashion design event at the FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) New Jersey spring conference.
The University will provide the winner of the prestigious competition with a $3,000 scholarship, while the second and third place winners will receive scholarships of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.
All three scholarships will be renewable for four years. To qualify, high school seniors must place in the top three at the FCCLA’s competition in March and choose to study fashion at Centenary University.
“The criteria for the FCCLA event is very stringent,” said Meghan Reeves, assistant professor of costume design at Centenary, who is the University’s liaison with the organization.
“tudents who are enrolled in high school fashion programs work for most of the school year on a design portfolio, as well as their presentation skills. At the competition, they must present their portfolio to a panel of judges. It really prepares students for the rigors of a college fashion program,” Reeves said.
Centenary University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion is the only degree-granting program in New Jersey and is one of only a few programs with a strong liberal arts component. The degree features concentrations in design and merchandising, and emphasizes hands-on training.
Centenary fashion students have access to job shadowing experiences with industry professionals, as well as internships in the New York metropolitan area and other regions of the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. The University is a member of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association composed of a diverse community with thousands of leading retailers and industry professionals.