The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has revealed the honorees for its annual fund-raising event, now called the National Merit Scholarship awards dinner.
The event, which will be held on Jan. 9, will honor Kenneth J. Wyse, president of licensing and public relations at PVH Corp.; Katia Beauchamp, cofounder and chief executive officer of Birchbox, and Stephen Sadove, former chairman and ceo of Saks Inc.
At the event, more than $1.4 million in scholarships will be awarded to more than 200 students from a variety of universities and colleges across the U.S. It will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Fashion Scholarship Fund, which supports fashion students through scholarships, internships, mentorships and career programs.
“For 81 years, the Fashion Scholarship Fund has been the leader in identifying the best and brightest new talent for the fashion industry. This will continue in 2018, as we will introduce more than 200 new scholarship winners,” said Douglas Evans, executive director. “It is the leadership from our honorees that allows us to continue the tradition of giving back to the community, and supporting education and career pathway programs.”
Past honorees have included Ralph Lauren, Emanuel Chirico, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jessica Simpson, Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Strahan.
Since its founding in 1937, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $11 million in scholarships. For the past decade, the Geoffrey Beene Foundation had been the primary sponsor of the dinner, but the organization is no longer involved, opting to focus more on its primary objective of funding new cancer research.