LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–True Religion, an iconic American denim and activewear brand, today announced its partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) to create the True Religion x FSF Community College Bridge Scholarship, a opportunity that will support a Los Angeles-based student from an underrepresented community who wants to pursue a career in a fashion-related field. True Religion’s scholarship will also provide industry-leading networking, mentorship, and professional development in the retail industry. This collaboration is the result of True Religion’s new Diversity Council, which hopes to create more diversity-focused scholarship opportunities.
“I am extremely proud of this exciting new program,” said Theresa Watts, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at True Religion. “Mentoring and DEI initiatives are core values of the True Religion brand. Providing these unique opportunities to young talent in partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund is something we hope to continue to do for a long time.
In its first year, True Religion identified El Camino College, a Los Angeles-based community college that has a large population of students from underrepresented backgrounds. El Camino sends many students to both the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the Otis College of Art and Design, two fashion schools in the Los Angeles area. The scholarship aims to nurture and provide professional and educational access to an award-winning student who otherwise might not have the pathway to these career-building experiences. Fostering young talent is a key pillar of True Religion, especially with its recent collaborations with young creatives.
“We are thrilled to work with True Religion to identify and support community college talent from underserved communities,” said Peter Arnold, Executive Director of the Fashion Scholarship Fund. “By identifying and supporting talent earlier in the pipeline and providing a pathway to and through a four-year college experience, we can start addressing issues of access and equity earlier and give students Community colleges provide meaningful opportunities to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and pre-employment experiences.
True Religion is bridging the gap for students from underserved communities through its partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund and is committed to providing financial support and related deliverables to a community college student, supporting their transition to and throughout his four-year experience. study programme. The partnership will also promote career growth with mentorship and internship opportunities while providing the student with access to all of the Fashion Scholarship Fund’s professional development and networking opportunities.
Nominations will be accepted this fall, with a winner notified by the end of the year. Judged by a panel of representatives from True Religion and the Fashion Scholarship Fund, the scholarship recipient will be publicly announced in Women’s Wear Daily, alongside the Fashion Scholarship Fund winners, as well as a guest in New York for the Fashion Scholarship Fund’s annual gala in april. 2023.
About True Religion
In 2002, True Religion emerged onto the Los Angeles denim scene by exploding the construction of the classic five-pocket jean. With its five-needle, two-stitch-per-inch yarn, the True Religion Super T stitch was instantly recognized for a style unlike any other denim brand in the world. True religion speaks of the uniqueness found in each of us. The brand is worn by athletes, musicians and artists around the world to express their individual style. Offering an exclusive assortment of iconic styles, True Religion Brand Jeans is focused on producing high quality premium denim and sportswear for men, women and children.
About the Fashion Scholarship Fund
The Fashion Scholarship Fund is the leading non-profit organization focused on fashion and workforce development in the United States. industry, including design, merchandising, marketing analysis and supply chain. The FSF also offers scholars a wide range of internship and career opportunities, mentorship, networking, professional development, and unparalleled access to the industry’s most influential leaders and companies.