Samantha Berger Fashion Design New York, NY Samantha is a dedicated student who brings her positive attitude to everything she
does. She is passionate about children’s clothing and has made a difference for kids
by creating a fashion camp for middle schoolers, as well as designing hospital gowns
for pediatric cancer patients. At FIT, Samantha has been a part of the Presidential
Scholars Program, studied abroad in Italy, and been the women’s soccer goalie, all
while completing six internships and two minors.
Kiana Brooks Fashion Business Management Atlanta, GA Kiana Brooks is a member of the Presidential Scholars Program at FIT and is Vice President
of the Black Retail Action Group. She has pursued two specializations, two minors,
and numerous prestigious internships, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Kiana was captain
of the FIT Tennis Team and is a two-time national champion. Her love for languages
pushed her to add both Spanish and Italian to her language repertoire.
Zainab Koli Fashion Business Management Flushing, NY Zainab is a leader who sees needs in her communities and challenges herself to start
creating. She is the Co-Founder/Director of NY MSA Showdown, founder of Muslim Student
Union at FIT, and leader of FIT’s Student Walkout in response to the Muslim Ban. Her
academic accomplishments include the Departmental Award in FBM, Dean’s List, 3 minors,
study abroad scholarship, and Presidential Scholars. Zainab also served as a Peer
Writing Consultant and various fashion industry positions.
Joanna Mingo Fashion Business Management Islip Terrace, NY Joanna has taken full advantage of her time at FIT. While being a full-time student,
Joanna has served as Director of Programming and as Vice President of the FIT Student
Government Association, been an Orientation Leader, and an RA. Additionally, she has
attained three minors in addition to her product development specialization, and she
has completed five internships at prestigious companies such as Marc Jacobs and Givenchy.
Joanna has received a full-time job offer with her dream company, Macy’s, for after
Kathleen O’Brien Advertising and Digital Design Stony Brook, NY Kathleen’s hustle, responsibility, and dedication have helped her excel inside and
out of the classroom at FIT. She’s been a leader on campus through her role as a Senior
Resident Assistant, a member of FIT’s Student Government Association, and as President
of the Advertising Design club. She will be graduating with a BFA in Advertising and
Digital Design along with 3 minors.
Veronica Apsan Park Ridge, NJ Fashion Design Veronica is a very engaged student and is committed to making a positive impact through
fashion. She mentors youth and inspires them to exceed expectations in personal growth,
leadership, business, and the arts. Her work has been in collaboration with Culture
for One Foster Care Program, Make-A-Wish America, United Federation of Teachers, and
Children of United Nations Foundation. She launched a fashion media start-up, www.fashiontv.nyc,
and competed in the BioDesign challenge and other contests.
Arpi Dayian Dallas, TX Interior Design In addition to being on the Dean’s List every semester while studying Interior Design
at FIT, Arpi is the Public Relations Officer for the Interior Design Club, a volunteer
for the National Cancer Society, and a two-year Team Captain for the volleyball team.
Arpi is also a member of the winning team for the NFLxFIT Visual Design Competition,
whose products will be sold in the NFL Shop and Target.
Gina Gargiulo Bay Shore, NY Advertising & Marketing Communications Gina served as the President and Editor In Chief of Blush, one of FIT’s student-run
magazines. She coordinated a successful fundraiser in 2017, winning the FIT Student
Government Association’s Best Fundraiser Award. While doing so, she collected beauty
items for Dress for Success and volunteered for the non-profit organization. She is
a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has interned at four media and fashion-related companies.
Nermeen Ileiwat Clifton, NJ Advertising & Marketing Communications Nermeen is a first-generation Syrian & Palestinian Muslim American. She belongs to
FIT’s Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa. Her accomplishments include multiple academic
scholarships and a semester spent studying in Rome. Upon graduation, she will have
six minors in addition to her Advertising & Marketing major. She was able to accomplish
this while working two part-time jobs, completing various internships as an Editorial
intern, and writing for the FIT student newspaper.
Joanna Del Priore Staten Island, NY Fashion Business Management Joanna has been recognized for many leadership initiatives and internship experiences.
She is the founder and president of IN.dustry Club, a new, interdisciplinary organization
for professional development. She serves as Secretary for the Production Management
Club, and has held management roles in the Merchandising Society. Joanna completed
seven internships while balancing school and a retail position. She has earned academic
honors and mentors students.
William Rossi Lindenhurst, NY International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries William is a highly involved student, serving in multiple leadership roles, hosting
events, and maintaining rigorous academics — for which they were awarded several scholarships.
They have served as Director of Sustainability for student government and fostered
student-led initiatives that drive sustainability efforts at FIT and beyond. William
aims to become an influential leader of the global fashion industry, helping to mold
a sustainable future. Their maxim challenges all to “be good and do good.”
Ashley Attianese Old Bridge, NJ Fashion Business Management Ashley served as president and was a founding member of Runway27, one of FIT’s largest
student organizations. She spearheaded four successful student-run fashion shows on
campus. Her leadership skills helped make each event true interdisciplinary initiatives,
involving students from all majors. She rounded out her experience by studying abroad
in Florence. After completing a successful internship last summer with Macy’s Merchandising
Group, she was offered early acceptance into their prestigious Executive Training
Program upon graduation.
Sonne Bajwa New York, NY Fashion Business Management Sonne is a firm believer in leading the change he wants to see. He serves as the president
of the National Retail Federation Student Association. In addition, he is the digital
brand manager for the Style Shop, a Leadership Ambassador, and also a member of the
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. His commitment to leading a positive change in his
community goes beyond FIT, being an active volunteer at an animal shelter and various
events around the city.
Vanessa Bennish Salisbury, MD Photography Vanessa is a member of the Presidential Scholars, FIT’s honors program, and she is
the recipient of a Gordon Park’s Foundation Scholarship (in partnership with Macy’s).
She competed in volleyball where she was recognized with numerous NJCAA awards. Vanessa
juggled part-time employment as a caregiver for an individual with special needs and
launched her own photography business while at FIT. PROMO Magazine has offered her
a Creative Director position she will begin upon graduation.
Gabriella Manduca Staten Island, NY International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries Gabriella is FIT’s first youth delegate to the United Nations. She is a peer writing
consultant in the FIT Writing Studio, a certified swim coach for Special Olympics,
and a Presidential Scholar in FIT’s Honors Program. She studied in Florence with the
Jerome L. Greene Scholarship and is a recipient of international trade scholarships.
While completing her senior thesis concerning counterfeit fashion, she is applying
to law school to study intellectual property for the fashion industry.
Shannon McIver Wantagh, NY Fashion Business Management Shannon is a member of the Presidential Scholars, the honors program at FIT. She received
the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award and joined the athletic staff as a student
assistant coach. Shannon serves as an orientation leader and head planner of the FIT
Style Shop. She has interned and worked in various apparel companies and studied abroad
in Florence, Italy. Shannon is an active member of the Merchandising Society, FIT’s
oldest and largest club.
Bruno Meira Flushing, NY International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries Bruno is a Presidential Scholar in FIT’s honors program and the recipient of a number
of competitive academic scholarships. He has also studied and interned abroad in France.
Bruno was admitted to FIT through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). He founded
the FIT Models and Stylists Association, in which he developed a creative network
of noted alumni, industry leaders, and over 1,000 students. He has learned three languages
and traveled six continents to understand fashion worldwide.
Christina Castonguay Mt. Laurel, NJ Fashion Business Management Christina was valedictorian of her class when she completed her associate degree
at FIT. She is a Presidential Scholar and has served as treasurer of the Merchandising
Society, FIT’s largest and oldest club. After a successful internship at Kleinfeld
Bridal, she was hired as an assistant to one of their top designers and she continues
to thrive there.
Veronique Ehamo Freeport, NY International Trade and Marketing Veronique is a global learner who has contributed to campuses on three continents
and is a Soroptimist International of NY scholarship recipient. She has studied abroad
in London and Shanghai. Since 2008 she has volunteered for a project in the Democratic
Republic of Congo that has built 118 primary and secondary schools. Veronique interns
with the High Commissioner of Human Rights Office at the U.N.
Lisbeth Jimenez Bogota, NJ Interior Design Lisbeth is an outstanding example of one who has integrated her studies with civic
engagement. She helped lead the Interior Design Relief Project that helped families
in Long Beach, NY, after Superstorm Sandy, updated spaces in a women’s shelter, and
built a school from plastic bottles in Guatemala, among other projects. She participated
in internships and graduated summa cum laude.
Eleonora Mazzetti Houston, TX Fashion Business Management Eleonora is a member of the FIT honors program (Presidential Scholars). She was selected
to represent FIT at the 2016 World Retail Congress in Dubai, where she and her team
will compete with students from around the world. She serves as a resident assistant
and student ambassador coordinator. Eleonora has been secretary and president of the
Merchandising Society, FIT’s oldest and largest club.
Kim Nguyen Houston, TX Fashion Design Kim is the first FIT student to receive a full scholarship from Michael Kors to pursue
her bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design. She is currently studying in Milan
and has studied in Florence while completing her associate degree. She has interned
and worked in various fashion companies. Kim established Colturra, her own label,
through which she has sold garments online, organized a fashion show, and received
Christopher Wallace Brooklyn, NY Production Management – Fashion and Related Industries Christopher Wallace is a Baker Scholar who revitalized the Theatre Ensemble and served
as president of the FIT Student Association. He is a member of the SUNY Student Assembly,
where he is deputy director of communications, digital strategist. He has contributed
to a number of strategic planning committees at FIT, all while succeeding at internships
and in his courses.
Micaela Burke Phoenix, NY Advertising and Marketing Communications Micaela served as the chair of the campus-
wide Student Affairs Committee and the vice president of the FIT Student Association
for Residential Life. As a resident assistant, she served as the president of the
Residence Hall Community Council.
Matar Cohen New York, NY Advertising Design Matar won a Best Advertising Campaign award by Spotify and received a full-page article
about her artistic achievements at a leading newspaper. She won Best App Concept Award
by the Media Design Club and published an article on a leading advertising agency’s
Estefania Garcia-Correa New York, NY International Trade and Marketing As president of the Latin American Student Association, Estefania organized the Latin
American Musical Celebration, which was supported by a grant from the FIT Diversity
Council. She was also the international London and Paris fashion week correspondent
for The Source magazine.
Emilee Koss Clarence Center, NY Textile/Surface Design Emilee re-instated the Textile and Surface Design Club, served as its president for
the past two years. She won the Textile/Surface Design Adobe Illustrator class competition,
and her designs will be printed and sold in The City Quilter’s Shop.
Elizabeth Pulos Brooklyn, NY International Trade and Marketing Elizabeth was awarded three International Trade and Marketing Scholarships. She served
as president of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Club, and she co-authored
the Open SUNY Textbook Good Corporation, Bad Corporation: CSR in the Global Economy.
Wen Zhao Hurstville, NSW, Australia Textile Development and Marketing Wen served as president of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
at FIT. She won the 2015 YMA Geoffrey Beene Scholarship Competition. She served as
a member of the 2013 Future Retail Challenge Student Competition at the World Retail
Congress in Paris.
Monike Bartley-Williams, from Thornton Heath, Surrey in the United Kingdom, is graduating from FIT in May
with a BS degree in Production Management in Fashion Related Industries. A FIT Production
Management Club VP, Ms. Bartley-Williams maintains a GPA of 3.5. Some of Ms. Bartley-Williams
many co-curricular achievements include serving as a Senior Resident Assistant and
also as Manager of Films for the FIT Student Association.
Jaime Duncan, from Massapequa, NY, is graduating from FIT in May with a BS degree in Fashion Merchandising
Management. Ms. Duncan maintains a GPA of 3.83 and was the recipient of the Barnes
and Noble “Pursue Your Passion” Grant for organizing a volunteer mural painting project
at the American Hospital of Paris in June-July 2012. Some of Ms. Duncan’s many co-curricular
achievements include winning the Retail Futures Challenge at the World Retail Congress
held in Paris in October 2013 and participating in the London Internship Program in
Hyuna (Helen) Na, from Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, is graduating from FIT in May with a BFA degree in
Packaging Design. Co-President of the Packaging Design Club, Ms. Na maintains a GPA
of 3.78. Some of Ms. Na’s many co-curricular achievements include serving as Treasurer
of the FIT Student Association Executive Board and as a FIT Resident Assistant.
Elizabeth Halberstadt, from Indianapolis, IN, is graduating from FIT in May with a BFA degree in Fabric
Styling. Having also completed three minors at FIT in English, Film Studies, and Art
History, Ms. Halberstadt maintains a GPA of 3.69 and was the recipient of the Barnes
and Noble’s “Pursue Your Passion” Grant for teaching English in Crete. Some of Ms.
Halberstadt’s many co-curricular achievements include contributing writing and research
reports to Stylesight, a trend forecasting agency.
Fernanda DeSouza, from Bethpage, NY, is graduating from FIT in May with a BS degree in Advertising
and Marketing Communications. Editor-in-Chief of W27, FIT’s student-run newspaper,
Ms. DeSouza maintains a GPA of 3.71. Some of Ms. DeSouza’s many co-curricular achievements
include serving as captain of FIT’s women’s tennis team, and authoring a 100-page
novella along with three 20-page short stories during a semester-long independent
Zara Khalid, from Scarsdale, NY, is graduating from FIT in May with a BS degree in Advertising
and Marketing Communications. A Baker and NYS Diversity Scholarship recipient, Ms.
Khalid maintains a GPA of 3.46. Some of Ms. Khalid’s many co-curricular achievements
include serving as a Student Ambassador and Resident Assistant at FIT, along with
co-founding and serving as Editor-at-Large for Student’s Blog Magazine (Pakistan).
Sanya Khanna, from Natick, MA, graduated from FIT in December 2013 with a BS degree in Advertising
and Marketing Communications. Having served as the first Vice President of FIT’s Technology
Student Association, Ms. Khanna maintained a GPA of 3.89. Some of Ms. Khanna’s many
co-curricular achievements have included regular volunteer work at New York KEEN (Kids
Enjoy Exercise Now) and serving as Co-Founder, President, and Treasurer of FIT’s Multicultural
Association of South Asians Living in America Club.