Gucci Launches Multi-Year $1.5 Million Changemakers Scholarship Program; Dillard Students Encouraged To Apply
Gucci Launches Multi-Year $1.5 Million Changemakers Scholarship Program
by: Lauren R.D. Fox
Gucci, the Italian fashion house, has launched its North America Changemakers initiative that includes a $1.5 million multi-year scholarship program and $5 million Impact Fund for nonprofit organizations. The Changemakers program was conceptualized in March 2019 to support the company’s commitment to creating lasting social impact in diverse communities and within the fashion industry.
“With the scholarship program, we aim to create opportunities and visibility for traditionally underrepresented creatives,” said Changemakers Council Co-Chair, lawyer and writer, Yaseen Eldik. “Our goal is to break down barriers, particularly financial, and make fashion more diverse and inclusive.”
Gucci created the Changemakers Scholarship program to ensure a new era of diverse and exceptional young people will gain opportunities and experiences across the fashion industry. Those eligible to apply should be planning to attend or are currently enrolled in a four-year college or university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree within North America. There will be special consideration to students who live or study in one of the 12 Gucci Changemakers cities– New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington DC and/or plan to or currently attending a Historically Black College and University.
In a statement, Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci shared: “We have always believed in the importance of creating a more inclusive and diverse industry so we must invest in and empower the next generation of creatives, designers and leaders.”
Dillard University’s 2019-2020 Miss Dillard Brianna Thomas echoed similar sentiments. “I think the launch of the Gucci Changemakers Scholarship Programs is awesome. Seeing a luxury brand commit to a new fresh wave of diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry really says a lot about the values of Gucci’s company leadership. I’m sure they will find this investment in HBCU students to be a great one,” she said.
In 2018, Thomas came in first place for the Grainger Product Pitch Competition and in second place in the National Sales Network All-Star Round at the fourth annual Student Sales & Marketing Conference.
The Gucci Changemakers Council consist of New Orleans award-winning poet Cleo Wade, Beyoncé’s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure, activist DeRay McKesson, Harlem fashion icon and entrepreneur Dapper Dan, fashion models Bethann Hardison and Naomi Campbell and many more.
For more information about the Gucci Changemakers Initiatives applications and eligibility requirements, please visit www.changemakersus.gucci.com or call 1-877-482-2400 - Become a Gucci Changemaker! #GucciChangemakers