The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Gucci have named Ajai Kasim (Oakland, California) and Kaya Ugorji (Washington, D.C.) as the two winners of the Gucci North America Changemakers x CFDA Scholars by Design Award. The award aims to provide support to two high school graduates pursuing a higher education in the field of fashion design, with a focus on fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity within fashion. The award will provide winners with up to four years of scholarship support at $20,000 per year, and will provide mentorship from the CFDA and Gucci.


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