Samantha Manning, a junior fashion merchandising major from Lexington, has received a $5,000 scholarship from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund.
Manning also was awarded with a trip to New York City, where she attended the awards show and met with leaders in the fashion industry. YMA is a national non-profit made up of influential members of the fashion community.
“This is wonderful news for our first year as an endorsed American Apparel and Footwear Association program,” said textiles, merchandising and interiors department head Patti Hunt-Hurst.
As part of the application process, Manning had to present an exhaustive case study of Lululemon that included a thorough strengths and weaknesses analysis along with a 10-page report and an in-person interview with a YMA representative.
“It was more than worth the whole semester I spent working on it,” Manning said. “Those are connections and opportunities I could never get otherwise. I think it could seriously change my future career.”
Manning is a 2011 graduate of Oglethorpe County High School and a member of the Fashion Design Student Association.
Manning's industry mentor was Mike Fralix, president and CEO of [TC]2 and former president of the board of the Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation, a group of industry professionals in Georgia and the Southeast that supports the TMI department with funding for scholarships, study abroad and other educational experiences
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