Last week was a big one for the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund which named Douglas C. Evans executive director, and had former Bloomingdale’s chairman and chief executive Michael Gould interacting with the scholar recipients.
“I have spent much of my career raising funds to support arts and education, and I am deeply passionate about creating these vital opportunities for the next generation of great fashion industry leaders,” Evans said. “The future of the fashion industry is dependent on fresh and exciting talent both in design and business and the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund will increase our efforts to identify and nurture new talent.”
Evans has more than 25 years of experience in arts administration, policy and program development, having served as president of the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook, founding president of Classical South Florida Public Radio Network, chief operating officer of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, president of Broadway China Ventures and ceo of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.
The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund is a national non-profit organization made up of influential members of the fashion community dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and businesses by granting scholarships to talented students and facilitating internships, mentorships and career programs. Last year, YMA-FSF awarded approximately $1 million in scholarships and placed close to 100 interns in the fashion industry. Over $8 million in scholarships have been awarded since 1971 and 46 colleges and universities have been included in the program.
Meanwhile, Gould led a discussion with several 2014 FSF scholars at LFUSA in the Empire State Building, covering such topics as leadership, talent and career building and then encouraging questions from the students who are in New York City this summer for internships and for mentoring.