Amsale Aspire Scholarship

High school-aged students, regardless of residency, may be eligible for a scholarship based on the criteria listed below. BIPOC high school students are encouraged to apply. This is a full scholarship award covering the entire tuition and supply cost for one class within FIT’s Precollege Programs.

This scholarship is awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis provided the student submits all the required documents within the deadline.  Award recipients will be notified by email and at that time asked to select their course of choice.

Please note:

  • Students may be required to purchase their own class supplies and will receive a supply credit on their account as part of their award.
  • Reimbursements for  Precollege courses purchased independently are not available through this scholarship opportunity.
  • Only high school Precollege classes qualify for this award.
  • Precollege students may receive only one FIT Scholarship award per semester, whether it is the Amsale Aspire Scholarship or any other scholarship.
  • Students who fail to attend the first two sessions of their program will forfeit their award.

Application Deadline

  • Details coming soon!

Application Coming Soon!

The following support documents will be required as part of the application:

  1. A copy of your current high school transcript
  2. third-party document indicating your need for financial assistance (free or reduced lunch form awards can be submitted as proof)
  3. A 200-400 word essay discussing why are you interested in pursuing a career in the creative space, and how do you think this program can support your aspirations?
    • Please be mindful of grammar and spelling as it will be considered in our decision (this essay question will be included in the scholarship application)

The transcript and a third-party document indicating need must be sent in ONE email to [email protected] using PDF or JPEG formats within 24 hours of submitting the application form, with a subject line: First Name Last Name: Amsale Aspire Scholarship Documents.

Amsale Aberra, an African refugee from Ethiopia, parlayed her talent, drive and FIT education into a global fashion brand. She was the first Black female designer admitted to the CFDA and is recognized to be the inventor of the modern wedding dress. Galvanized by her legacy, the company she founded, AMSALE, and FIT partnered to build Amsale Aspire – an initiative dedicated to fighting systemic racism in the fashion industry by creating resilient pathways for Black students to develop transformative entrepreneurial skills that will help them build successful businesses and eminent careers. Amsale Aspire is a core element of FIT’s Social Justice Collaborative