Tommy Hilfiger Hosts YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund 2010 Intern Social at Tommy Hilfiger Fifth Avenue Global Flagship

Jun 24, 2010, 18:16 ET from The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

NEW YORK, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Tommy Hilfiger, a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (NYSE: PVH) hosted the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) 2010 Intern Social on Tuesday, June 22 at the designer's Fifth Avenue flagship boutique. The social honored Hilfiger's recent $50,000 scholarship grant to the FSF and its second year in hosting the Intern Social. Guests included Tommy Hilfiger, members of the FSF board of directors, and 56 newly appointed fashion industry proteges selected this year by the FSF to be mentored as the future of fashion.

This summer's $5,000 grant-recipient interns living and working in New York City at top fashion industry companies include four interning at Tommy Hilfiger. Three were selected for Excellence in Design to work within Hilfiger's Design and Production teams, while one was chosen for Marketing.

"I'm honored to partner with the Fashion Scholarship Fund to support students interested in the fashion industry," said Tommy Hilfiger. "These students have wonderful talent and it is exciting to have them intern and work with our team."

"Fashion Scholarship Fund is a great program that supports students' interest in the retail industry both from a business and design perspective," said Colleen Kelly, President of Tommy Hilfiger Wholesale for North America who also serves on the FSF board of directors. "It is touching to see their dedication and interest in fashion and the business behind it."

"The internship program is a road map for the students to plan their future careers. They are able to hold a mirror up to themselves and to the industry to see how they're going to become a part of it," said FSF President, Ken Wyse, also President of Licensing and Public Relations for Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH). "We continue to outreach, to fuel with grants, money, endowments and events in order to be relevant. We honor the students to keep them motivated to become leaders," and he added, "We continue to include more schools in this program in order to grow new leaders of our industry."

An organization boasting more than 70 years in the apparel and textile industries, the FSF has been granting scholarships to students in those businesses since 1971. Over the last several years, the fund has fast become one of the largest, most important grant organizations in the apparel business, having awarded more than $6 million to over 700 students since the scholarship program started. The YMA FSF has paired students with participating companies ranging from designer houses Zac Posen, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, to retailers like Ross Stores, Macy's and Phillips-Van Heusen, and fashion forecasting organizations such as The Doneger Group.

This is the first year Hilfiger has been on the roster of participating companies with whom students are paired. Other participants range from designer houses Zac Posen, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, to retailers like Ross Stores, Macy's and Phillips-Van Heusen, and fashion forecasting organizations such as The Doneger Group.      

All 56 talented scholars chosen to intern this summer applied from the 28 FSF-participating schools nationwide, including F.I.T., Indiana University and Wharton Business School, among others.

The 56 Summer Internship 2010 Fashion Scholars by school are:

Barnard College, New York

Carla Michel – Lanvin

Elinor Noble – Polo Ralph Lauren / Lanvin

Cornell University, New York

John Sohn – The Row

Maylian Lou – Perry Ellis International

F.I.T. Merchandising, New York

Christie Sepp –

Lily Chen – Macy's

F.I.T. Design, New York

Hyo-Kyoung Lee – Calvin Klein

Yena Kim – Polo Ralph Lauren

Keun Kwon – Li & Fung / Oxford Division

Indiana University, Indiana

Marissa Zappia – Ross Stores

Emily Rose Coleman –Macy's

Iowa State University, Iowa

Chelsea Volpe – Ross Stores

Kristin Geiger – Todd Snyder

Jaclyn Wernimont – Land's End

Kent State, Ohio

Zachary Hoh – Donna Karan

L.I.M., New York

Amanda Rosenthal – Doneger Group

Daniella Klammer – GN Collection

Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

Alexandra Silvestri – Ross Stores/Assistant Buyer

Lindsay O'Brien – Perry Ellis International

Marist College, New York

Brooke Kristensen – Tory Burch

North Carolina State University, North Carolina

Shelley Wei – Perry Ellis International

Veronica Tibbitts – Cotton Incorporated

Ohio State University, Ohio

Chelsea Gilbert – Polo Ralph Lauren

Parsons School of Design, New York

Julie Robinson – Tommy Hilfiger Men's Design

Matthew Conmy – Banana Republic

Philadelphia University, Pennsylvania

Anfisa Sokolova – Tommy Hilfiger

Pratt Institute, New York

Tracey Li – Kenneth Cole

Ruby Gertz – Bodkin

Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island

Connie Weng – Donna Karan

Emma Walsh – Polo Ralph Lauren

Santa Clara University, California

Elizabeth Kiikvee – Hugo Boss

Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia

Marlow Anton Larson – Tommy Hilfiger Women's Design

Syracuse University, New York

Alexandra Greiner – BCBG

University of Arizona, Arizona

Dana Spaniol – Walmart

Melissa Seifert – Li & Fung / Regatta

University of Colorado, Colorado

Alexandra Lane – VF Sportswear / Nautica

University of Missouri, Missouri

Emily Boland – Polo Ralph Lauren

University of N.C. at Greensboro, North Carolina

Kerrie Rogers – VF Sportswear / Nautica

Shaughn Tohill – Phillips Van Heusen /Calvin Klein

University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin

Anna Turner – Lara Miller (Chicago)

Amanda Larson – Polo Ralph Lauren Childrenswear

Washington University in St. Louis

Alexandra Dumas – Google

Alexander Jacobs – Tommy Hilfiger Marketing

Stephanie Ruthberg – GN Collection

Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania

Lisa Cohen – L'Oreal

Marlena Filipowska – Ross Stores

Tony Wang – Google Retail


The YMA FSF is a national non-profit association consisting of influential members of the fashion community, dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and business by granting scholarships to talented students and facilitating internships, mentorships and career programs.





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