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Scholarship administered by Fashion Group International, Los Angeles

As part of its ongoing philanthropic program, World Shoe Association has awarded $10,000 in scholarship money to Los Angeles area design students. The scholarship was created in conjunction with The Fashion Group International of Los Angeles, an international association of professionals in the fashion industry.

The scholarships were awarded during the Fashion Group's presentation of the ready-to-wear collections for Fall/Winter 2000 (Milan, Paris, New York), held recently at the Harry Chandler Auditorium of the Los Angeles Times. In addition to the WSA Footwear Design Scholarships, Fashion Group also awarded tuition money to students participating in apparel design and merchandising categories.

World Shoe Association, organizers of the largest footwear trade exhibition in the U.S., created the WSA Footwear Design Scholarship in order to encourage and support excellence in footwear design. Students entering were required to submit sketches in one or more of the following categories: career/contemporary, junior, evening and athletic/weekend.

In addition to other charitable donations, WSA also supports scholarships administered by Two/Ten.

With over one million square feet of exhibit space displaying more than 1,000 footwear brands, The WSA Shoe Show is the largest footwear trade market in the U.S. Retail buyers attending the show at the Sands Expo & Convention Center find men's, women's, children's and athletic footwear as well as accessories, handbags and foot care products. WSA also hosts The Collections, an upscale exhibition at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, featuring over 100 better designer footwear brands including Giorgio Armani, Bruno Magli, Cynthia Rowley and Richard Tyler.

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