As an iconic fashion designer, Geoffrey Beene played by his own rules and refused to follow the pack.

He understood that young creative talent needs to be nurtured and supported. Designers like Alber Elbaz, Doori Chung and Stephen Dweck proudly claim Mr. Beene as their mentor.

The Geoffrey Beene Foundation’s recent endowments of $5.5 million to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) (including $2.5 million for CFDA annual Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarships), and more than $5.5 million to the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, mean fashion students and young designers have access to Geoffrey Beene Educational Programs and National Scholarships designed to help them master their craft and develop their own unique vision.

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Geoffrey Beene and the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

YMA and the Geoffrey Beene Foundation formed a strategic alliance with the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund in 2007 to further the mutual goal of expanding support for students seeking careers in the Fashion Industry. The Geoffrey Beene Foundation has donated to the YMA FSF more than $5.5 million committed through 2017.

Since the beginning of 2008, the FSF has been granting four Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards (now for $30,000 each) to enterprising students majoring in fashion and related disciplines (design, merchandising, finance, marketing, retailing and liberal arts), as well as four $10,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarships for each of the four runner-up finalists.

Winners & Finalists

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2017 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Award winners (left to right): first ever $35,000 scholarship was awarded to Vivian Cooper of Philadelphia University; $10,000 Emily Kinville, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison; $30,000 Marley Isaacson, Indiana Univ.; $30,000 Aleksija Vujicic, UCLA; Mara Hutton, Executive VP, Geoffrey Beene Foundation; Tom Hutton, President & CEO, Geoffrey Beene, LLC; $10,000 Vivian Tai; $10,000 Joanne Kim, Cornell Univ.; $10,000 Amanda Nyamache, Academy of Art Univ.; $30,000 Kaley Suero, Wharton School, Univ. of Pennsylvania.

Geoffrey Beene Presentation: Peter Sachse, Macy’s; Mara Hutton, EVP Geoffrey Beene Foundation and Kellan Lutz as “A Man on A Mission”

Kellan Lutz at the YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Red Carpet Behind The Velvet Rope

Presentation of the winners of the Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards: Mara Hutton EVP of Geoffrey Beene Foundation Kellan Lutz, Marc Mastronardi of Macy’s and the scholars

2016 Highlights

2016 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship winners and finalists (left to right): $10,000 finalist Erin Ceconi (Pratt), $10,000 finalist Aya Mechelany (Parsons), $10,000 finalist Megan Donovan (Wisconsin), $30,000 winner Daniela Gallo (Washington Univ.), Tim Baxter, honoree Chief Merchandising Officer, Macy’s, Mara Hutton, Executive Vice President Geoffrey Beene Foundation, Tom Hutton, President & CEO Geoffrey Beene, LLC, $10,000 finalist Aubry Stitt (Arizona), $30,000 winner Eric Beaudette (Cornell), $30,000 winner Jessica Ferreria (Savannah), Marc Mastronardi, Macy’s YMA FSF Board Member, $30,000 winner Avani Patel (Texas)

Meet the 2016 Geoffrey Beene National Scholars

2016 Mission of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards

2015 Highlights

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2015 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship winners and finalists (left to right): Juno Zhu (Univ. of Southern California) $10,000 finalist, Tia Pion (Philadelphia) $10,000 finalist, Shota Adamia (Brandeis) $30,000 winner, Elva Jiang (SCAD) $30,000 winner, Mariano Rivera, Mara Hutton, Executive Vice President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation, Tom Hutton, Trustee & CEO, Geoffrey Beene Foundation, Heidi Liou (Ohio State) $10,000 finalist, Katherine Dakas (Pratt) $10,000 finalist, Rebeka Austin (LIM) $10,000 finalist, Blake Uretsky (Cornell) $30,000 winner, and (not pictured) Wen Shao (FIT) $30,000 winner

2015 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards presented by Mariano Rivera and introduced by Mara Hutton, Executive Vice President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation.

Good Day New York’s Rosanna Scotto on hosting the 2015 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner

2015 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Mission.

2014 Highlights

2014 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Mission Video.

Sizzle Reel: 2014 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner.

2013 Highlights

Alber Elbaz accepting the 50th Anniversary Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Award at the 2013 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner.

2013 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner. The evening raised $1.9 million to support scholarships, mentoring and internship programs, making it one of the most successful dinners in the organization’s 76-year history.

50 Years of the Art of Geoffrey Beene