We believe that knowledge is power (and EDUCATION IS QUAY). To go along with our QUAY X SAWEETIE collection, we're awarding $100,000 USD in scholarships to help fuel the dreams of ten winners. Read below for more details, or enter here: https://www.myscholarship.app/quayscholarships
Must be located in the US, District of Columbia, Australia, New Zealand
Must be at least 16 years old at the time of application
Applicant's educational goals have a clearly defined purpose + mission, plus a specific use for the funds as explained in your application
Applicants must attend or plan to attend a two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school
April 14th Scholarship open for applications
June 9th Scholarship application period ends
July 1st Semi-finalists are notified + given their video prompt
July 15th Final due date for video entries
August 2nd Recipients are notified + announced
First-round written submissions are reviewed + semi-finalists will be invited to a second round, where they will create a one-minute video submission. The Quay team will review the group of finalists from the second round to select final winners.
Ten (10) winners will each receive $10,000 USD for a total of $100,000 USD in scholarships. All fifty (50) semi-finalists will also receive merchandise gift cards, redeemable for one (1) pair of sunnies or blue light glasses ($85 value).
Semi-finalists Answers will be evaluated in the following proportions: use of funds (20%), writing ability (20%), creativity (20%), originality (20%), and overall excellence (20%).
Finalists Answers will be evaluated in the following proportions: answers video prompt question (25%), creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%)
WRITTEN APPLICATION QUESTIONS
Physical address, including country
Anticipated high school graduation date
Annual household income
Essay 1 (250 words or less): What are your educational goals, and how would you use this scholarship to support those goals?
Essay 2 (250 words or less): Self-expression is a core value at Quay. What does self-expression mean to you?
Add something extra to your frame with new jewellery. Even more 14k gold plated pieces meant to be mixed, matched, and fully stacked. Necklaces, charms, and earrings are starting at $35.
Go behind the drip with product designers Colleen + Adesha.
The design process starts by identifying key runway looks. Then, our designers break down those trends, make mood boards, and sketch to ensure each piece is thoughtfully designed with our squad (and quality) in mind.
Each piece is designed to layer on the drip, adding something extra to our squad’s snapshot style. When people are spending more time seeing each other from the waist up, we wanted people to express their selfies with glasses and jewellery—real pants not required.
This International Women’s Day, we’re challenging the way things have always looked. Buck the system. See positive change. Envision a brighter future. Donated over $140,000 AUD to non-profits around the world + talked to some of the people that are helping empower, inspire, and equip young girls to succeed.
From top to bottom, left to right: Akilah, Kristina, Maritza, Rosa, and Halle
QUAY: FIRST OF ALL—WHO ARE YOU + WHAT ARE YOU ALL ABOUT?
ATHINA, RÊV’ELLES FR: My name is Athina Marmorat, and I am the founder and director of the French non-profit organisation, Rêv’Elles. A 2018 study conducted by the OECD concluded that France is the first country where children’s social origins play a crucial role in their experiences. Therefore, we work on programmes to help young women think bigger, go further, and trust themselves.
JANE, GIRLS OUT LOUD UK: I am Jane Kenyon, a serial entrepreneur, intuitive coach, inspirational speaker, author, and Founder of the UKs’ social enterprise Girls Out Loud. For the past 25 years, I have worked exclusively with women and teenage girls, helping them to find their voice, recognize their potential, and step up and shine.
Q: THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY OFFICIAL THEME IS CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOUR ORGANISATION?
HALLE, GIRLS INC. US: I believe that I challenged the "model minority" myth—or rather redefined it for myself—and broke down barriers even my family did not think was possible. In doing so, I was able to forge my own path and show up today as an Asian American woman working in education.
KRISTINA, GIRLS INC. US: For Girls Inc of Alameda County, we choose to challenge inequalities our youth may face, and help our students realize their voice through educationand supporting growth mindset.
Q: WHAT DOES BEING AN ADVOCATE + WHAT DRIVES YOUR DECISION MAKING?
AKILAH, GIRLS INC. US: Being an advocate for other girls and women is an intentional practice—I understand that I must use my time and talent to create a world where women, girls and femmes are afforded the opportunity to pursue their dreams with pride and tenacity.
MARITZA, GIRLS INC. US: As an advocate for other girls and women, I see myself as a sister eager to share my knowledge/experiences in hopes of having a positive impact on other's growth. My understanding of society and my values help me with decision-making.
ROSA, GIRLS INC. US: Being an advocate for girls is about opening doors that were once shut by society.
In partnership with model, activist, and new mother, Ashley Graham, this International Women’s Day, we’re challenging the way things have always looked. Buck the system. See positive change. Envision a brighter future.
Our LET IT BE LIT campaign for March is centred around the space between URL and IRL, with the idea that as people make their way back out into the world, it’s with a renewed sense of self-expression and the notion that CONFIDENCE IS QUAY—a tagline for us and one of Ashley’s personal affirmations.
We sat down with Ashley to talk about this year’s International Women’s Day theme, advocating for inclusivity, invoking confidence, and her faves from our March photoshoot. Read the Q/A below.
Plus, As part of the campaign—and in an ongoing commitment to philanthropy and cause efforts to support the self-expression, confidence, and well-being of their global community—we’re choosing to wear cause with confidence for International Women’s Day. Donating over $140,000 AUD to non-profit organisations around the world that empower, inspire, and equip young girls to succeed + be bold, including Girls Inc. in the US, Girls Out Loud in the UK, and Rev’elles in France.
From sweatsuits and power suits, to whatever suits your mood, we’ve got the quays to take your look to the next level. Wear it with confidence starting at $65. Shop new arrivals.
Q/A WITH ASHLEY GRAHAM
Quay: First of all—who are you + what are you all about?
Ashley: I’m Ashley Graham and I’m a model, host, wife, and new mom to my son Isaac. In everything I do, I work to give people everywhere the courage to make real, positive changes in their lives by breaking down barriers, building confidence, and most importantly, owning who you are.
Q: You’ve always been an advocate for women in so many ways—what does being an advocate for other women mean to you?
A: Being an advocate means supporting one another, using our voices to spark change and creating opportunities that lift and celebrate those around you. It also means being a good listener and cheerleader for your friends, sisters, and other women in your community on a regular basis.
Q: This year’s International Women’s Day official theme is CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE. What does it mean for you + what are some things you choose to challenge?
A: It’s incredibly important for everyone to see realistic portrayals of women and curvy bodies on billboards, tv, and in brand campaigns, and I’ll continue to challenge the status quo and advocate for inclusivity and representation in fashion, entertainment, and beyond.
Q: You’re a woman in a position of power. What does that privilege mean to you, and what drives your decision making?
A: As a public figure, I’m committed to using my voice and platform to offer space for conversations around body positivity and empower others.
Q: Who are the women that inspire you?
A: My mom Linda is the strongest person I know, and she inspires me endlessly. She has always lifted me up and encouraged me to be my best self.
Q: The idea that CONFIDENCE IS QUAY is at the center of everything we do at Quay. How has your definition of confidence changed over the years?
A: We all have moments of self-doubt, and there’s been plenty of times where I have felt less than confident, but I truly believe that we all have the power of confidence within us. Incredible things will happen once you start to trust in YOU.
Q: On that same note—what is one thing you would tell your younger self?
A: Doors will close, and you’ll hear a lot of no’s throughout your life but keep believing in yourself and trust in the process!
Q: Self-expression is at the core of the Quay brand, which Quay styles are you drawn to, and how do they make you feel when you put them on?
A: I LOVE an aviator look, and really gravitated towards HIGH KEY TWO-TONE to add a little edge to my looks. I also like a big sunglasses moment for some extra glamour—COFFEE RUN really stand out.
Q: How has your style evolved over the years, and what impact, if any, has motherhood had on your style choices?
A: Since becoming a new mom and working from home, I’ve opted for more stylish yet convertible pieces that are easy to mix and match and can dress up (or dress down) any look. I have to prepare for different types of scenarios throughout the day—working moms know what I’m talking about!
Q: As we've transitioned into a more connected world, where we increasingly interact virtually, how have glasses and accessories played into your screenshot style?
A: Glasses, accessories, and some light glam have definitely helped freshen up my Zoom looks during quarantine. Cute glasses or a bold lip are the perfect for a quick and low-lift, especially on days when putting on real clothes is such a struggle.
We believe that COMMUNITY IS QUAY and all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love. This idea is central to everything we do at Quay because we are nothing without the unique, diverse group of individuals internally + externally who are part of our global community.
We will continue to envision a brighter future with the power of our voice, our dollars, and our actions.
See all the ways YOU are helping us give back in 2021:
PRIDE COLLECTION – SUPPORTING LGBTQIA+ MENTAL HEALTH We believe that all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love. In honor of Pride Month, we’re proudly donating to the following organisations:
The Trevor Project: In the US, we donated $100K USD to The Trevor Project—the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organisation for LGBTQ young people under 25.
Minus18: In Australia, we’re donating 100% of proceeds, up to $20K AUD, in the month of June to support Minus18—an organisation that champions for LGBTQIA+ youth through events, education and campaigns.
Mermaids: In the UK, we’re donating £5,000+ GBP to Mermaids—UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charity supporting trans kids + their families.
ICY FOR GOOD – SUPPORTING RACIAL JUSTICE APPI COMMUNITY
Our Style for Good series in the US continued to support #HATEISAVIRUS. Raising over $3,000 USD in one day, making our total donation to this nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers $14,000 USD. Helping raise funds during AAPI Heritage Month in support of the AAPI community through programs related to mental health, better protections for the elderly, representation, solidarity-building, and more.
AFTER HOURS FOR GOOD – HELPING END PERIOD POVERTY
Our Style for Good series in Australia donated 100% of proceeds to Share the Dignity, a charity working to end period poverty. Raising over $1,500 AUD in one day and donated an additional $50,000 AUD in support of their Dignity Vending Machine Program, which ensures access to period products to the most vulnerable.
NOOSA FOR GOOD – SUPPORT RACIAL JUSTICE APPI COMMUNITY
Our Style for Good series was in continued support of #HATEISAVIRUS. We raised over $7,000 USD in one day + have donated over $11,000 USD to this US-based nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers that exists to dismantle racism and hate. The only way to fight racism is to be actively anti-racist—educate yourself, speak up, donate, take action. There is no neutral position on racism.
COME THRU FOR GOOD – INSPIRING ALL GIRLS TO BE STRONG, SMART, AND BOLD Our Style for Good series supported cause with confidence—envisioning a brighter future + supporting the next generation by donating 100% of proceeds from COME THRU. We raised over $5,000 USD + donated a total of $100,000 USD to Girls Inc, a non-profit within the United States and Canada that provides mentoring relationships, safe spaces, and evidence-based programming to girls ages 5-18.
HATEISAVIRUS – SUPPORTING RACIAL JUSTICE In support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community, we transitioned our round-up feature in March to help #HATEISAVIRUS, a US nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers that exists to dismantle racism and hate. So far, our community has helped raise $10,000 USD.
NIGHTFALL FOR GOOD –SUPPORTING SOCIAL JUSTICE + MENTAL HEALTH Our Style for Good series in February supported Black History Month in the US + Mardi Gras in Australia, donating 100% of proceeds from Nightfall. For a total of $25,000 USD to the NAACP LDF, America's premier legal organisation fighting for racial justice + $15,000 AUD to Minus18, an organisation that aims to improve the lives of the LGBTQIA+ youth through events, education, and empowerment across Australia.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH - SUPPORTING RACIAL JUSTICE, MENTAL HEALTH, AND EDUCATION In honour of Black History Month in the US, we donated $25,000 USD to the following organisations for the continued support in the fight for racial justice, mental health, and education for members of our community:
Therapy for Black Men: An American organisation working to help change the narrative around Black men seeking mental health support, helping them find the resources they need.
Therapy for Black Girls: A US-based online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
Plus, we provided 300 pairs of blue light glasses to Black Girls Code, an organisation based in New York + the Bay Area dedicated to teaching girls ages 7-17 about computer programming and digital technology.
JANUARY 26 IN AUSTRALIA- SUPPORTING SOCIAL JUSTICE In partnership with @clothingthegap, we helped amplify the voices of members of the Australian Aboriginal Community, continuing the conversation about January 26 + committing our dollars with a $15,000 AUD donation to The Healing Foundation—an Australia-based Aboriginal + Torres Strait Islander organisations that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by the impact of colonisation + actions like the forced removal of children from their families.
BLUEPRINT FOR GOOD –SUPPORTING COVID RELIEF EFFORTS This year we continued our Style for Good series, which designates a day each month to feature a bestselling style that gives back to a charity. This past January, we kicked it off by giving proceeds from BLUEPRINT to the American Nurses Foundation. Together, we donated $10,000 USD to this organisation that advocates for the wellbeing + success of nurses like those on the frontlines fighting COVID-19.
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