OTT SCHOLARSHIP: Friends and relatives of the late designer Jay Ott are creating a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati. Ott disappeared in late March and his body was recovered in the East River in late May, the victim of an apparent suicide. At the time of his death, the 31-year-old was design director for Crippen and Rosetta Getty at The Dock Group. After studying fashion design and graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2006, he interned for such designers as Ralph Rucci and Stan Herman. Prior to joining The Dock Group, he worked for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s collection The Row for a few years. Ott also had a seven-month run at J. Mendel.

Ott’s friend and former colleague Beatrice Kim said Sunday that he was interested in helping current and future students develop their creativity and find work in the fashion industry. “Jay had attended their design school, and he had always wanted to give back to the school and students there. He often talked about retiring as a professor there one day.” she said.

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His friends and family members, some of whom led the civilian search in New York City following his disappearance, are trying to raise $50,000 to endow what they hope will be an annual scholarship that will be awarded in perpetuity.

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