Where merit and need come hand in hand:
Maya Lall, an MA student in History of Dress, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Scholar

Maya Lall graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with BA with Honours in Fashion History and Theory. She has always taken every opportunity to develop her knowledge, skills and ability to think independently: she took an Internship at the Victoria and Albert Museum at the 20th Century Dress Department, lectured at her own college and later went on to conduct a field research in India, interviewing women from the ages of 14 to 24 and members of the media and fashion industry to ascertain their ideas of beauty, body perceptions, and values projected onto society by influential image-makers.  

All this convinced her that she has discovered her calling and that The Courtauld’s MA in History of Dress is the only way to achieve her goal of becoming a professional Dress Historian.

Maya is a young woman of remarkable determination. Nothing stops her from making her dream come true, neither her current and a very substantial student loan, nor her difficult family circumstances. She is a single mother who fully supports herself and her 3-year old son. They both live in Oxford and she plans to commute to London during the MA. However, with no financial help, an additional student loan to pay for the MA course, together with the cost of travel and childcare would have made it extremely hard for her to handle this financial situation.

Maya was considered an excellent candidate, was awarded a generous scholarship from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and starts her MA course in October 2010. This was both an award for her exceptional academic ability and talent, and a crucial help in a very difficult financial situation.

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