The RCA Virgil Abloh Scholarship has been launched by the Royal College of Art (RCA) to honour the memory of the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh. The scholarship will be offered annually to a Black British student who demonstrates exceptional talent but may not have the financial resources to pursue their studies at the RCA.
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This is a fantastic opportunity for someone from an underrepresented community to access world-class education and pave the way for a successful career in the creative and design industries. We hope this scholarship will inspire other institutions to follow suit and provide similar opportunities for talented students from all backgrounds.
Alboh, an acclaimed fashion designer who died in November 2021, was the founder of Off-White and the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear. He is closely connected with the RCA and has been a visiting lecturer on its MA Fashion course in 2019. Abloh’s work and legacy have been a huge source of inspiration for many young designers. This scholarship is a fitting tribute to his memory and contributions to the fashion industry.
The RCA Virgil Abloh Scholarship will provide financial support to cover tuition fees and living costs and access to an annual mentorship programme with leading figures from the design world. This is an incredible opportunity for a deserving student, and we encourage all those who are eligible to apply.
The scholarship launch will provide support for one individual and act as a catalyst for positive change within the design industry. We hope it will inspire other organisations to create similar opportunities and help to increase diversity within the creative industries.
In addition, the RCA is also launching a bursary fund in memory of another alumnus, the late photographer Miki Asai. Asai was a much-loved member of the RCA community, and her work explored social and political issues with great sensitivity and insight. The bursary will be offered to a student on the MA Photography course undertaking a project addressing similar themes.
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