Istituto Marangoni Miami, considered one of the world’s top ten fashion colleges, has named Destiny Charles, a senior at DASH, the inaugural winner of the prestigious university’s new Academic Excellence Scholarship. Launched this year, the aim of the scholarship is to promote and support excellence in education and design by financially supporting a student’s tuition at the Miami campus.  The scholarship recognizes a student who demonstrates the ability and potential to make an exceptional contribution to the fashion industry and community around them.

We are proud of Destiny for winning the prestigious Istituto Marangoni Scholarship,” said DASH Fashion Design Program Head Giovanna Sorondo.  Excelling in art, design and academics, her positive attitude, coupled with a sense of purpose, will make her a very successful college student. 

Destiny grew up in with a family working in the fashion business, encouraging her emerging talent for design.  Her designs take inspiration from social issues and things she wants to call attention to, exploring the contents of her heart and her Caribbean heritage. 

There were six finalists who were evaluated on academic performance, fashion portfolio and community service by the teaching staff of the Design and Architecture Senior High School and Massimo Casagrande, Director of Education, Istituto Marangoni. 

“We are thrilled to be the new talent incubator by supporting and further developing young artists and make this dynamic city the new fashion hub for the Americas.” Said Marangoni’s campus president Hakan Baykam. 

The two schools not only share an endless passion for art and design, they also both share a connection with world-renowned designer Esteban Cortázar, who graduated from DASH and now servers on the advisory board at Istituto Marangoni in Miami.

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