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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 2023-2024 Fashion Design Scholarship Competition judges include the following celebrated Arkansas designers: Bryant Phelan, Linda Rowe Thomas. and a fashion instructor from Savannah College of Art and Design. 

The 2023-2024 Fashion Design Scholarship Competition will be held online. Participating students are encouraged to review all rules and eligibility.


Teachers Notice
In Classroom Zoom Seminar on Thea Scholarships
presented by Paul Leopoulos

  • Discussion of Five Scholarship Categories
  • Student and Teacher Questions Answered
  • Seminar Only 30 Minutes
  • Seminars are Free of Charge
  • Sign up Here


   1st Place – $10,000

2nd Place – $9,000

 3rd Place – $8,000

ONLINE REGISTRATION Upload - Essay, Sketches, Photos/Video

Extended January 5, 2024


Competition - Online


Thea's Fashion Design Scholarship Competition is open to Arkansas high school and homeschooled seniors who are graduating in 2024. Students seeking their GEDs are also qualified. 


"Individual, and beautiful"

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 150 or fewer words the “why”, your inspiration, and the importance, of your participation in fashion design. (Question on online registration form)

Theme: "Individual, and beautiful."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. (150 or fewer words)

Items to upload for the judges:

1. Mini-portfolio: Create a mini-portfolio consisting of three to five sketches or cutouts; 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: portfolio.jpg (or .pdf)

Example Portfolio Upload File Name

Portfolio   portfolio.jpg (or .pdf)

2. Video of your entry: 1. Video your entry from all angles (back - front - sides) 2. Discuss your favorite part of the entry and the design process 3. Discuss what gave you the motivation to create this piece

Maximum length of video: 3 minutes

3. Photos of your entry: High res photos of all sides of your entry (up to four photos)

4. Upload a Photo of your favorite designer and explain why he or she is your favorite in the essay during registration.


Naming Your Uploads

Naming your photos: e.g.: in the example below I'm uploading three photos using this format:  

photo1, photo2, photo3" and video: or mp4

Examples Photos Upload File Names                                   Example Video Upload File Name

Photo #1   photo1.jpg                                                                Video: or video..mp4
Photo #2   photo2.jpg
Photo #3   photo3.jpg

5. Headshot photo: Please upload a headshot of you. A professional version is not required.

Example Headshot Upload File Name

Headshot:  headshot.jpg

(When you upload your files using the button below, you will be asked to input your name which will be attached to you files.)

You MUST RegiSter & Upload

Deadline - November 1. 2023


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 April 1, 2023, 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.

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