The New School’s Parsons School of Design has two new scholarships thanks to men’s wear executive J. Stanley Tucker, whose estate is also creating an endowment for student scholarships going forward.
Having worked in fashion for 30 years, Tucker said, “This exciting industry has been kind to me in many ways. As a result, endowing a scholarship through my estate at Parson’s is my way of giving back to the future fashion leaders pursuing careers in this rewarding business. I also wanted to give the scholarships to students now so I would have the opportunity to meet and interact with them.”
Standouts in the MFA Fashion Design and Society program and BFA Fashion Design program in the School of Fashion will be the beneficiaries. Katherine George, a senior pursuing a dual degree in a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Literary Studies, is one of the first 2015-16 recipients. George plans to focus on sustainable design as a writer in the fashion industry. The second scholarship winner is Ilona Davidoff, a junior who is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and a minor in philosophy. She is interested in environmental issues and exploring how the use of harmful materials can be avoided in fashion design.
“Stanley Tucker spent 30 years influencing and growing the fashion industry, especially in the world of men’s fashion,” said Burak Cakmak, dean of Parsons’ School of Fashion. “We are honored that he chose Parsons to continue his industry legacy by supporting the next generation of fashion designers.”