Condé Nast awards academic scholarships to five Italian students in fashion, film, art, journalism disciplines to promote artistic talent


Today, Charles H. Townsend, chief executive officer of Condé Nast, Anna Wintour, Condé Nast’s artistic director and editor in chief of Vogue, and Condé Nast editors Jim Nelson (GQ), Graydon Carter (Vanity Fair), Stefano Tonchi (W) and David Remnick (The New Yorker) awarded academic scholarships to the following five Italian students in disciplines celebrated by Condé Nast brands—fashion, film, art and journalism:

• Diego Salerno received the Vogue Women’s Fashion scholarship for a three-year undergraduate program at Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan.

• Alberto Furlan earned the GQ Men's Fashion scholarship for a two-year master course at Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice.

• Francesco Fanuele won the Vanity Fair Film scholarship for a three-year undergraduate program at Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome.

• Stefano Meli received the W Art scholarship for a two-year master course at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan.

• Marisa Eleonora Labanca accepted The New Yorker Journalism scholarship for a two-year master course at Istituto per la Formazione Giornalismo, Università di Urbino, Urbino.

The announcement was made at a presentation ceremony held at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.

“For more than a century, Condé Nast has showcased Italian artistry and creativity on the pages of our magazines, across our websites and on our digital and mobile editions,” said Mr. Townsend. “These scholarships are created to honor these wonderful contributions and to support the industries that have produced some of our strongest business partners for so many years.”

"Italy is about the best of the best and we are thrilled to be able to recognize five students who represent what the future holds for this country,” added Ms. Wintour. “I am excited for all they will accomplish."

“These five scholarships are due recognition of the talent of many young Italians who invest in knowledge and research, experimenting with new forms of expression to emphasize their art," added Cristina Tajani, Councillor for Labor Policies, Economic Development, University, Research, Fashion and Design of the City of Milan. "To them, my most sincere encouragement to continue to express your talent in your future careers."

“Italy is rich with artistic heritage,” Mr. Tonchi said of his native country. “It is so important that the country’s future artists and creative entrepreneurs are given the chance to develop their talents and share them with the world. As an Italian, and as a student of the arts, I am very proud to be part of this effort to support the next generation of artists in Italy.”

"Becoming a journalist today is not easy," said Ms. Labanca, recipient of The New Yorker Journalism Scholarship. "Those who choose this profession are aware that passion alone is not enough. Journalism schools are, in my opinion, a fundamental tool for preparation and an important stepping-stone into the world of work. Unfortunately, however, the fees do not make them accessible to all. The scholarship, such as the one Condé Nast offers, sends a message of confidence to young people because they help dreams come true—in my case, the chance to become a journalist."

"Talent is a precious gift that needs to be nurtured and guided in order to flourish," added Maria Luisa Frisa, Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Arts Program in Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts at Università IUAV di Venezia. "Education plays a critical role in shaping creative people so that they may be equipped to face the big challenges of the future. This Condé Nast initiative is aimed at promoting Italian talents in various contemporary disciplines and hopefully will serve as an example for others to follow.”

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