Education Matters: Passion for Fashion

MAUMELLE, AR - High school students across Arkansas are busy searching for college scholarships.

While many have no trouble finding them, it's very difficult for others.

For students who want to get into fashion design, the opportunities have always been few and far between. But that's slowly changing now that an Arkansas nonprofit organization is stepping in.

Senior Kennedi Mock and freshman Ashlyn Rasberry both have a passion for fashion.

"I always like to dress up, ya'll can't tell today," says Kennedi.

"I was little, you know around 9, 10," explains Ashlyn.

Both girls take the course Family Consumer Science at Maumelle High School, which teaches them how to sew.

They're getting hands-on experience they can take with them to college. The only thing missing is scholarships for their chosen career field.

"There's not a lot offered at all," Kennedi says.

But now, the nonprofit Thea Foundation has added a fashion design scholarship to its list of grants for the arts.

"I'm glad they made something for that. There's not very many kids that want to do fashion," says Ashlyn.

Jamileh Kamran, who runs the only accredited school for fashion design in the state of Arkansas, is excited. 

"That is great. Thank you so much. We needed that," she says.

The Arkansas Fashion School is a two-year program.

"Really after they finish our school with all the curriculum, they really don't need any other fashion school. What I encourage them to take in college is a couple years of marketing, merchandising and combine it with that one." 

Unfortunately, Kennedi has missed the deadline for the fashion design scholarship.

"Sucks for me cause I'm a senior this year," she says.

But it will be perfect for students like Ashlyn and others who are coming up behind her.

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