DANBURY, Conn. – A Bethel woman received a $5,000 scholarship during the Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Colleen Sheehan, a 2014 graduate of Bethel High School and student at LIM College, received the award. She is a junior at LIM College, which is located in New York City and focuses exclusively on the study of business and fashion. A 2014 graduate of Bethel High School, she is the daughter of Gerard and Felita Sheehan.
LIM College is one of a select group of educational institutions that participate in the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund competition. Other participating schools include Barnard College, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and Harvard University. Scholarships are awarded based entirely on merit, taking into consideration the applicants' GPAs, the completion of a case study project, a personal essay detailing their aspirations, work experience, community service, and an interview.
In addition to the scholarship funds, Sheehan will receive an internship placement at a top fashion company, where she will be matched with an executive mentor who will guide and assist her in networking with industry contacts. As part of her academic program at LIM College, Sheehan has already completed an internship at Urban Outfitters.
The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (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. FSF’s goal is to advance the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enterprising young people to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and business, so the industry will continue to attract dedicated, capable and creative individuals.
LIM College, founded in 1939, is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, offering master’s degree programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management; bachelor’s degrees in Fashion Media, International Business, Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management; and associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising.