Fall 2011 Recipients: Jessica Cambronero (Parsons), Yang Li (CBS), Manon Planche (Parsons), Liad Weiss (CBS)

The Luxury Education Foundation is proud to present the 2011 LEF Scholarship Awards to Liad Weiss and Yang Li of Columbia Business School, and Jessica Cambronero and Manon Planche of Parsons The New School for Design. The Scholarship Program at LEF was established to be the source of annual honorary scholarships, awarded to students at Columbia Business School and Parsons who have exhibited an extraordinary level of leadership and innovation in their work and whose accomplishments are a testament to their commitment and talent in their fields.

The LEF Scholarship Award will serve to fund both Liad Weiss’s and Yang Li’s 5th year PhD programs. Weiss holds a BS and MS in Behavioral and Management Sciences from the Israel Insitute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. His future dissertation will investigate consumer patterns on follow-through with opportunities to indulge, as it relates to incidental versus inherent behavioral choices. Yang Li received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Peking University in 2005, and his Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University in 2007. His PhD research focuses on the empirical study of national vs. local pricing under multimarket competition.

Jessica Cambronero and Manon Planche are both seniors at Parsons The New School for Design, and were selected for their outstanding academic standing, understanding and integration of luxury elements in their research, development, fabric, and color choices. Jessica’s work takes a considered approach to craft, quality and detail, showcasing a luxury aesthetic and point of view in both fabrication and silhouette. Manon’s work focuses on beauty and excellent craftsmanship, and her portfolio exemplifies the strong link between fashion and luxury.

Scholarship recipients Weiss, Li, Cambronero, and Planche all received awards from Lalique, the official award purveyor of The Luxury Education Foundation Scholarship. This year, the recipients received Lalique’s annual gift paperweight. Crafted using Lalique crystal, the paperweight features an etched motif which adorns the Oeillets de Chine bowl, a striking piece from the Carnet de Voyage collection.