Abercrombie & Fitch and The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Announce 2016 A&F Diversity Champion Awards

Date: Monday, August 1, 2016



Atlanta, GA, August 1, 2016 – Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) and the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) are excited to announce the winners of the 2016 A&F Diversity Champion Awards. Ten $2,500 scholarships have been awarded to students who demonstrate leadership and diversity in their schools and communities.

In 2007, Abercrombie & Fitch began partnering with NSHSS to support outstanding young people who are committed to promoting societal change.  The 2016 A&F Diversity Champion Awards are given to high-achieving U.S. and international students who have proven themselves as champions for diversity and inclusion in their schools and communities. More than 200 applications were received, and 10 students were selected based on personal responses describing how they are working to support diversity and inclusion.

“Each year, I am humbled by the fortitude and compassion that NSHSS members show in their scholarship applications,” said Claes Nobel, co-founder and chairman of NSHSS and senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.  “Abercrombie and Fitch is an honored partner in helping us recognize outstanding young people and supporting them in their pursuit of higher education.”

"We are proud to award A&F diversity scholarships to students who advocate for diversity and inclusion in their schools and community,” said Jeanetta Darno, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.  “We are encouraged to see the dedication these teens have displayed and we are committed to supporting organizations who champion the movement to accomplishing equality and equity for all.”

The 2016 A&F Diversity Champion Award winners are: 

Lillian Alonzo
Somerset, New Jersey, Hun School of Princeton
Haverford College

Rosie Arbittier
York, Pennsylvania, Dallastown Area High School<
Princeton University

Christian Boujaoude
Eatontown, New Jersey, Monmouth Regional High School
Columbia University

Sophie Doldenburg
Warsaw, Poland, IB World School Raszynska
King’s College London

Fatima Elfakahany
Marietta, Georgia, North Cobb High School
Emory University, Oxford Campus

Jinjibadam Gankhuu
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Mongol Aspiration International Laboratory School
The American Business School of Paris

Xanthia Hargreaves
Aberdeen, Hong Kong, Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Oxford, England, University of Oxford

Andrae Holsey
Altoona, Pennsylvania, Altoona Area Senior High School
Penn State University, Altoona Campus

Tyler Lackland
Springfield, Illinois, Keystone National High School
Alderson-Broaddus University

Maria Yiannakis
Lilongwe, Malawi, Bishop Mackenzie International Primary and Secondary School
The American International University in London

About the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS):

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millennials through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way – from high school to college to career – NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. To help us further efforts that provide students with continued opportunity, please acknowledge NSHSS in any press release mentions by providing a resource link to www.nshss.org. For more information about NSHSS visit www.nshss.org.

About Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is a leading global specialty retailer of high-quality, casual apparel for Men, Women and kids with an active, youthful lifestyle under its Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids and Hollister Co. brands.  At the end of the first quarter 2016, the company operated 745 stores in the United States and 180 stores across Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company also operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com and www.hollisterco.com.

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