Frederick Goldman, which purchased the Scott Kay brand in February, plans a jewelry design scholarship in the celebrated designer’s name for students at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
The first Scott Kay Scholarship is earmarked for the 2016–2017 school year. To qualify, students must be receiving financial aid. The cash prize will pay off the student’s tuition, and his or her name will be publicly announced, says CEO Jonathan Goldman.
“There’s no more fitting tribute to Scott than creating a scholarship for young designers that we feel have real potential to create beautiful jewelry,” Goldman says.
Kay, who died last December, started his career studying at FIT. At first the school rejected him, but Kay talked the admissions director into giving him a chance with a summer class by showing him a ring he had made. He later called that ring “the most important thing in the world to me.”