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At the ceremony to receive her Honorary Fellowship from the University of the Arts London this week, Stella McCartney announced she would be fund a new scholarship for Central Saint Martins. The scholarship will assist MA Fashion students who attend the university which is one of six belonging to the University of Arts London.

Graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1995, McCartney described her experience there as "life changing". "To get to a college like this is so hard for so many talented young people. For that reason, I am setting up this scholarship and I encourage other fortunate fashion houses to do the same," she said.

Offering £25,000 of funding each year, McCartney's scholarship will benefit home, EU and international MA Fashion students, and will be based on academic performance and financial circumstances. The scholarship recipient will also be entitled to a one year paid placement working at Stella McCartney's fashion business.

The first of her scholarships will be handed out in October this year. Those who are awarded the funding will have to agree to the fashion house's strict policy of no fur, leather or other animal products usage.

I wonder who will be the lucky ones to follow in the footsteps of other CSM graduates such as Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, and Jonathan Saunders.

[Source: Telegraph]