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Gucci Announces 2021 North America Changemakers Scholars

The second group of awardees comprises 22 young people from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing careers within fashion at undergraduate colleges or universities.

The Gucci Changemakers Scholarship, a $1.5M fund over four years aiming to provide scholarships to diverse undergraduate students with unmet financial need interested in the fashion industry, now has its second round of awardees for 2021. This year’s class, a group of 22 young people from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing careers within fashion at undergraduate colleges or universities, will receive an academic scholarship for up to $20,000 in addition to mentorship and virtual internship opportunities through Gucci America.

  • Akin White, Freshman, Norfolk State University
  • Ar’Myiah Lee, Freshman, Parsons School of Design
  • Brianna Bryson, Freshman, Howard University
  • Clayson Fletcher, Junior, Humber College
  • Diana McCready, Junior, Bard College
  • Jeffrey McCready, Sophomore, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Keith Herron, Junior, Fordham University
  • Miles Richards, Sophomore, College for Creative Studies
  • Yetunde Sapp, Junior, Parsons School of Design
  • Zahri Jackson, Senior, New York University
  • Zuri Duarte, Junior, The University of California – Los Angeles
  • Aboubacar Barrie, Sophomore, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Beatrice Alisme, Sophomore, Miami Dade College
  • Dinasty Ly, Senior, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Elijah Huggins-English, Sophomore, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Matthew Williams, Sophomore, Kent State University
  • Mikaela Mosley, Senior, Howard University
  • Quinten Clifford, Freshman, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • John Davillier, Freshman, University of Southern California
  • Lacey Garza, Freshman, Kingsborough Community College
  • Kevin Ngo, Freshman, City College of San Francisco

Additionally, under the Changemakers umbrella, Gucci is honored to also announce that Savannah College of Art and Design senior D’on Lauren Edwards has been selected as the Gucci North America Changemakers x CFDA Scholar by Design as part of a program reimagined to support one woman (or a person who identifies as a female) of color with a $20,000 one-year scholarship.

The 2021 class will join the Changemakers community as it continues to grow, offering students the opportunity to pursue their unique path within the fashion industry. When asked about the program, Miles Richards, a 2020 and 2021 Gucci Changemakers Scholar, said “After being granted the opportunity to be one of the recipients of the Gucci Changemakers Scholars award, I found an unbelievable amount of stress taken off my shoulders. And without a shadow of a doubt, the program provided me with the creative freedom to express myself without the burden of tuition during my first year as an art major.”

The next round of applications for the Gucci North America Changemakers Scholarship Program will open in Fall 2021.

For more information about the Gucci Changemakers Initiatives applications and eligibility requirements, please visit http://changemakersus-scholarshipprogram.gucci.com or call 1-877-482-2430.

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