Fashion Design Scholarship Competition
Is fashion your passion? Then you need to register right away for Thea’s fashion design scholarship competition!
Each year, dozens of brilliant homemade creations come before our judges. Thea's 2021 Fashion Design Scholarship Competition judges include the following celebrated Arkansas designers: Korto Momolu Briggs, Bryant Phelan, and Linda Rowe Thomas.
The 2021 Fashion Design Scholarship Competition will be held online due to the corona virus pandemic. Participating students are encouraged to review all rules and eligibility.
NEW: Virtual Q&A Sessions for the 2021 Thea Scholarship Competitions
We want to help clarify any questions or concerns about the 2021 scholarship competition season. Zoom Q&A sessions are available with Paul Leopoulos, Thea Foundation Co-Founder and Scholarship Coordinator, beginning Saturday, October 10. All interested teachers, parents, and students are invited to participate. Register for the best date that works for you here.
1st Place – $4,000
2nd Place – $3,500
ONLINE REGISTRATION Upload - Essay, Sketches, Photos/Video
Noon, Friday, February 26, 2021
Competition - Online
WHO MAY COMPETE
Thea's Fashion Design Scholarship Competition is open to Arkansas high school and homeschooled seniors who are graduating in 2021. Students seeking their GEDs are also qualified.
"What it means to be me"
Type of Fashion
Items can be clothing, accessories or complete outfits. We are no longer requiring fashion design entries to be made of 75% recycled materials.
Participants are required to provide the following
items as part of the judging process
Essay: Describe in a written essay of 500 or fewer words the “why:” inspiration, importance, and an artist statement . (Question on online registration form)
Theme: "What it means to be me": It is important that students consider this year's theme when creating their work. Judges will consider the theme as part of their judging process.
Items to upload for the judges:
1. Mini-portfolio: Create a mini-portfolio consisting of three to five drawings; one of these must be the intended design to show. These sketches will be considered during the judging process. (The upload can be a photograph or pdf document) File name format: "Last Name"_"First Name"_portfolio.jpg (or .pdf)
Example Portfolio Upload File Name
Portfolio leopoulos_paul_portfolio.jpg (or .pdf)
2. Photos or Video of your entry: You may submit up to 3 high resolution photos (different angles) and/or a video (2 minutes maximum)
Naming Your Uploads
Naming your photos: e.g.: in the example below I'm uploading three photos using this format:
"last name"_"first name"_"photo1, photo2, photo3" and video: "last name"_"first name"_"video"
Examples Photos Upload File Names Example Video Upload File Name
Photo #1 leopoulos_paul_photo1.jpg Video leopoulos_paul_video.mov (or .mp4)
Photo #2 leopoulos_paul_photo2.jpg
Photo #3 leopoulos_paul_photo3.jpg
3. Headshot photo: Please upload a headshot of you. A professional version is not required.
Example Headshot Upload File Name
Deadline - Noon Feb 26, 2021
Deadline - Noon Feb 26, 2021
To see our 2019 winners, click here!
Rules and Regulations:
By visiting this page you understand that this information has been available to you starting August 19, 2020, and that failure to read this information or register for a scholarship before the registration deadline is to no fault of the Thea Foundation. The Thea Foundation makes every attempt possible within its means to notify students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the general public of the availability of its scholarship competitions and will not allow late registration predicated on the notion that an individual party was not aware of the information regarding deadlines.
Registering for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition requires students to register online via the button found on this page. Students may only register through the specific portal that the Foundation has created for each scholarship competition. Thea staff will not register students for scholarship competitions.
The Foundation recognizes that issues may arise during the registration process either from faulty equipment, user error, or issues beyond the control of either the registrant or the Foundation. When you click on the submit button on the electronic registration form you will receive and email letting you know your registration has been successfully completed. All that is left to do is to upload you entry according to the instructions above on or before the deadline published above. The Foundation makes available the registration for their scholarship competitions many months in advance to provide time to those having technical difficulties during the registering process. The Thea Foundation will not allow students to participate in a scholarship competition who arrive at the competition stating that they registered during the time allotted and who's name is not present on the Thea Foundation's list of participating students.
Only high school seniors enrolled in either public, private or home schools in Arkansas are eligible to register for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition. A high school senior means any student who is currently completing the 12th grade in public or private school or any home school student who lists the 11th grade as their last grade level completed on their Notice of Intent to Home School on file with the Arkansas Department of Education for the current school year.