The GUESS Scholars Program

Apply for a full one-year scholarship to attend FIDM


Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 - 2018 GUESS Scholars Program

The GUESS Scholars program is currently accepting applications from these eligible entrants:

  • High School Graduates including the class of 2017 who plan on attending the Los Angeles campus in the fall of 2017 -- See How to Apply below.
  • Continuing FIDM Students or Graduates returning for an additional degree at the Los Angeles campus in the fall of 2017 -- See your Student Advisor or go to the FIDM Portal for the Application Packet.

Applicants must be majoring in Fashion Design, Fashion Knitwear Design, The Business of Denim, or Professional Studies in Fashion Design to apply.

Applicants will be judged and evaluated based upon the caliber of their portfolio, essay, and letters of recommendation. After each applicant is assessed, five candidates will be selected by the FIDM Admissions Board and passed on to the GUESS Foundation Selection Committee who will select the final winning scholars.

About the GUESS Scholars Program

Each year, the GUESS Scholars Program grants two outstanding FIDM Students a scholarship that will cover a full academic year.

The GUESS Scholars Program supports not only the fashion industry’s burgeoning young talent and the future of the industry in its hometown of Los Angeles, but also provides local talent with a brighter, more promising future. “I believe there is nothing more valuable than a fresh and creative mind flourishing in education,” said Paul Marciano, President and Director of the GUESS Foundation. “The GUESS Scholars Program is just another way we can stand behind and support the next generation of fashion.”

Previous Winners

GUESS Scholar Duston Jasso has seen his career take off as a result of winning the prestigious scholarship. “GUESS has given me a platform and has helped me launch my career,” says Duston. Since winning, he has designed collections for the DEBUT Runway Show and GUESS, and he was a finalist in the Supima National Design Competition.

The Winning Portfolio

Take a look at the amazing portfolio that helped Duston win the scholarship.

Learn more about Duston’s exciting career.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to submit The GUESS Scholars Program package. You must meet the application requirements in order to apply. Applicants must be:

  • a High School Graduate, including the class of 2017, interested in attending the FIDM Los Angeles campus OR a continuing FIDM Student or Graduate returning for an additional degree at the Los Angeles campus in the fall of 2017 .
  • a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

The 2017 - 2018 scholarship recipient will be notified in September 2017.

Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. Applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2017, to be eligible for this year's scholarship.

The GUESS Foundation