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Just a Few Days Left to Enter Fashion Scholarship Competition

By: The Art Institutes

January 18, 2012

[PITTSBURGH, PA January 18, 2012] – The deadline for entries to enter The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition for high school seniors is just a few days away on January 20, 2012.

Around the country, fashion designs and retail plans are coming to fruition in the minds of high school seniors who are competing for local scholarships with their sights on the grand prizes: The two national competition grand prize winners (one in each competition category) will earn a half- tuition scholarship to their respective Art Institutes school, receive a VIP trip to New York City, participate in a “meet and greet” at Seventeen magazine’s New York City offices, have lunch with a Seventeen Style Pro, receive a $500 shopping spree at DKNY with the Style Pro, and a $500 gift card to shop anywhere in the Big Apple.

High school seniors interested in a career in fashion are most likely working on their entries for a rush to the finish or completing their final plan on how to create the winning entry.

“The entry process into The Passion for Fashion Competition offers young fashionistas the opportunity to match their skills against others who share their passion and to earn a fashion tuition scholarship to an Art Institutes school,” said John Pufahl, Vice President for Academic Affairs for The Art Institutes. “They have nothing to lose except the opportunity to flex their fashion muscles.”

For inspiration, prospective competitors can see what past winners have to say about their experiences during and after the competition at ( “I never expected to do as well as I did. I just decided that it was going to be fun, and see what happens,” said Aaron Wardwell, national third place winner of the 2007 Passion for Fashion Competition in Fashion Design. Aaron attended The Art Institute of Indianapolis, a branch of The Art Institute of Phoenix, and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design. His advice to other high school seniors thinking about entering the competition: “Take advantage of every opportunity. Take every chance.”

To be eligible to enter, a student must be a high school senior scheduled to graduate in 2012. There are two categories in The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition. In the Fashion Design category, entry requirements include submission of an original evening wear design. In the Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management category, entry requirements include a marketing plan of a fashion product line or brand, a merchandising plan of a fashion product line or brand, or a store concept. Competition entries are due by January 20, 2012, to one of 50 Art Institutes schools offering a fashion program.

To learn how to enter The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition for high school seniors and to view the complete competition rules and entry requirements, visit or .

The Art Institutes ( is a system of more than 45 educational institutions located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

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By: The Art Institutes

January 18, 2012