Charlotte Olympia announces new scholarship scheme
Charlotte Olympia, the UK-based shoe designer, has become the first luxury brand to create a dedicated footwear scholarship.
Olympia's new scholarship scheme, at Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion, is the first full BA scholarship to launch as part of the BFC Education Foundation. It will give one talented student the opportunity to complete the final three years of the four year BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation Course, and also include an internship at Charlotte Olympia. Olympia herself was a Cordwainers student.
The first student to win the scholarship will be picked by judges Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Contributing Editor at American Vogue, Business of Fashion founder Imran Amed and Helen David, Fashion Director of Womenswear, Women’s Shoes, Fine Jewellery, accessories and Childrenswear at Harrods. The winning student will start their 2nd year in September 2015.
Charlotte Olympia Dellal commented, “I am very happy to be giving something back to a school which provided me with the skills and confidence to create my own luxury brand and build a career in an industry I love.”
Highlighting the need for this new scholarship, Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Contributing Editor at American Vogue, commented: “I would like to express my admiration for Charlotte for coming forward to support a scholarship at Cordwainers. Charlotte sets an example as a businesswoman and entrepreneur with her glamorous and witty signature accessories. In establishing this award, she is also a standard-bearer for philanthropy in education, at a time when students' financial struggle to meet the rising costs of fees and living has never been so acute. In joining with objectives of the British Fashion Council Education Foundation, Charlotte's generosity and mentorship will ensure a bright future for the next talents in accessories - a sector which holds the promise of excellent career prospects."
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