In the early 1990s, Maurice Malone was one of the founding fathers of the Urban/Hip Hop fashion markets with his popular streetwear brands labels Mojeans and Maurice Malone Designs. Growing up in Detroit, his revolutionary clothing store and rap battle hot spot, The Hip Hop Shop – contributed to the inspiration behind the 2002 movie, 8 Mile, featuring Eminem. His role in hip hop history was also highlighted in the Netflix series Hip Hop Evolution’s episode called Pass The Mic (Season 3).

Maurice Malone is a veteran fashion designer regarded as one of the world’s top denim designers for his innovation and roots in the industry. He has been interviewed in a multitude of articles covering fashion, including Fast Company’s “The Rise, Fall, And Rise Of The Steve Jobs Of Denim.”

Malone is also the inventor of a widely used wash-processes for creating authentic-looking aged jeans, which are used in denim wash factories throughout the world today. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, his latest label Williamsburg Garment Company (WGC) began as a one-man company with a clear, focused vision: To be the world’s favorite American denim brand. WGC specializes in raw denim American made jeans for men and women. Custom made-to-order denim clothing.

Scholarship Details

Talented aspiring African American designers will be offered a full Scholarship to Complex x Parsons Streetwear Essentials online certificate program. The scholarship will be awarded based on a denim design submission and a personal essay. 

Yellowbrick believes that a student’s personal passion and hustle – rather than financial resources – should determine how far they can go. Our aim is to expose students who are passionate about areas like fashion, sports, beauty, or sneakers to pursue rewarding career opportunities that can spark their interest and open doors to a fulfilling future.

Yellowbrick’s programs have the potential to change students lives by:

  • Providing a valuable credential, in the form of a certificate from a leading university, that will help open doors to career opportunities that students may not have otherwise known about
  • Developing real-world skills that empower students to seize these opportunities
  • Informing choices and helping students build an actionable roadmap toward setting and accomplishing career goals
  • Inspiring dreams and building the confidence and know-how to pursue them

The Maurice Malone Scholarship has been created to empower up-and-coming African American students to pursue careers in the streetwear industry and design.

To apply: Enter your email below and then complete the scholarship form and essay explaining what your career goals are, why you want this scholarship, and how this scholarship will benefit your career choices in the future. In your essay please include links to your portfolio, website, or social media where your design work can be reviewed.

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