Virgil Abloh announces new $1 million scholarship fund for Black fashion students – Archinect

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Virgil Abloh and Michael Rock at Columbia GSAPP. Wikimedia Commons.

Virgil Abloh announced today that he has raised $1 million to support Black students through the Virgil Abloh™️ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund. This new offering will be managed in partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF), a fashion-oriented education and workforce development nonprofit.

According to Abloh’s team, the fund’s mission is to foster equity and inclusion within the fashion industry by providing scholarships to students of academic promise of Black, African-American, or African descent. The “Post Modern” name is meant to represent that recipients will also be provided with access to career support services and mentoring in addition to the funds.

Previously on Archinect: “The Manifold Transparencies of Virgil Abloh.” Photo by Fabien Montique.

“I’ve always been passionate about giving the next generation of students the same foundation for success that was given to me,” said Abloh in a statement. “That’s why I’m excited to launch this Fund in partnership with the FSF, which has an outstanding track record of helping college students achieve successful careers. I’m also grateful to my partners for their donations, which are just a part of the long-term commitments I am working on with them to create greater opportunities for Black people inside and outside of their organizations.”

In addition to his own donation, Abloh raised funds with partners Evian, Farfetch, Louis Vuitton, and New Guards Group. New partners are expected to be announced as the Fund continues to grow over time.

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