Huntsman Savile Row and Morehouse College Announce New Scholarship

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Morehouse College is partnering with the London and New York-based elite fashion house, and renowned bespoke tailor, Huntsman Savile Row to prepare enterprising business, mathematics, and computer science majors for success in their future careers. Huntsman has contributed a $100,000 gift to Morehouse to establish The Huntsman Savile Row Scholarship. 

The scholarship provides financial support to rising Morehouse Men and gives them access to signature professional development opportunities. Each Huntsman Scholar receives a fully custom-made Huntsman suit to outfit them as they pursue excellence in graduate school and the workplace. In addition, Huntsman Scholars also participate in mentoring activities and coaching sessions with company executives where they are given insights into the luxury fashion and bespoke tailoring industry and discuss the shared ethos of Morehouse and Huntsman—a focus on excellence, integrity, leadership, and service.

“We are delighted to partner with Morehouse College on the new Huntsman Scholarship, and applaud the talented young recipients,” said Pierre Lagrange, owner of Huntsman. “A well-tailored suit is about more than just a garment – it’s about empowerment, confidence, individuality, and what you feel capable of while wearing it. We hope to impart these notions to the Morehouse Men who are the future of tomorrow.”

Huntsman suits showcase the individuality of their owners and can be passed down to future generations as a symbol of pride and promise, Lagrange added.

A-students Dawud Crayton, Yusuf Lewis, Cortney Mays, and Christian Porter are members of the inaugural class of Huntsman Scholars. They are still reaping benefits from the scholarship even after they graduated last May. New Huntsman Scholars will follow in their footsteps. 

“I was honored to receive The Huntsman Savile Row Scholarship, and I would like to thank Huntsman for investing in my education,” said Porter. “It was also an honor to receive a suit tailored for me. A bespoke suit is one that is yours and yours alone. Whether you put on a suit of armor in the military or a suit-and tie-on Wall Street, a suit shows you are a professional in your line of business, and I am proud to say that I am a Huntsman.”

The Huntsman Savile Row Scholarship is part of a growing relationship between Morehouse and Huntsman. The partnership could expand to include internships for students and “Master Class” lectures at Morehouse, among other opportunities, said Monique Dozier, Vice President of the Office of Institutional Advancement.

“We are looking forward to creating a strong pipeline that would allow more Morehouse Men to work as business executives, designers, and market influencers in elite fashion houses and in fashion media,” Dozier said. “Partnering with Huntsman Savile Row will give our students the unique opportunity to network with the fashion house recognized as one of the leading bespoke tailors in the industry. I would like to thank Huntsman for their investment in the future of rising Morehouse Men.”

Meet The Students

CHRISTIAN PORTER, SENIOR ECONOMICS

Christian Porter is from Alton, Illinois. He transferred to Morehouse from the United States Military Academy in the Spring of 2019.  He is a senior Economics major and Math minor, and has accepted an offer to join Bank of America’s Global Markets Team in New York after graduation in May of 2021.

YUSUF LEWIS, SENIOR FINANCE

Yusuf Lewis is a finance major from Detroit Michigan and an entrepreneur that owns a sneaker resell company named Sole Snatchers as well as an event company named AtlantaKickHouse. In seventh grade, Yusuf was introduced to sneakers by two friends of his that took interest in his pair of Air Jordan Lakers 6s. After trading his Laker 6s for a G-Shock watch, he was interested in what he could sell his other Air Jordan’s for. He researched sneakers every day after school and joined every Detroit sneaker group to see what the sneaker world had to offer. During his freshman year at Morehouse, he traveled to sneaker events in different states and a result of his hard work was 50k in sales. Due to Yusuf’s love for sneakers he wanted to create a space where students in the AUC could buy/sell/trade sneakers, streetwear, and vintage clothing. It took a while before the Administration took him seriously on creating an event. But they gave him a chance and on Feb 9th, 2019 he hosted the first “Kickhouse” in Archer Hall with 30 vendors and over 100 attendees. Upon graduation, Yusuf now has his focus on his new venture in the cleaning industry with his company RefreshCo. 

HERMY MESIDOR, JUNIOR ECONOMICS

Hermy Mesidor is a Junior and Economic Major at Morehouse College from Orlando, Florida. He is a Bonner Scholar, which enables him to serve communities in need while furthering his education. He is currently interested in financial services and is pursuing a career in Wealth Management to be a financial advisor that bring awareness of financial literacy in underserved communities.

DAWUD CRAYTON, SENIOR ACCOUNTING

Dawud Crayton Jr. is a Senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Economics. Originally from Boston, MA, he came to Morehouse with the passion, diligence, and spark of “Beantown” city.  He is a student leader on campus and serves as a Mathematics tutor, Communicating TEAMs Leader, and a member of the King’s Chapel Gospel Choir.  Last summer he worked in Orlando, Florida as a Finance Intern with Disney. A proud Man of Morehouse, Dawud is excited to continue my matriculation at “The House” along with his Morehouse brothers, while continuing his development.

CORTNEY MAYS, SENIOR MANAGEMENT

A senior at Morehouse College from Kansas City, Missouri, Cortney is pursuing a degree in Management. This past summer, he interned with Amazon as an Account Representative and also works at Adidas where he found his love for sportable fashion. He is graduating from Morehouse a semester early and plans to work full time at Amazon before earning his J.D. and MBA at Harvard University. In his free time, he likes to watch sports talk shows, and shop on the Adidas website.

Learn more: https://www.huntsmansavilerow.com/morehouse/

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