Logitech bolsters diversity and inclusion at the RCA with £1m donation for new scholarship programme
The Royal College of Art and Logitech today announced the donation of £1m to establish new scholarships that will tackle student hardship and ensure the diversity of the College community.
The RCA Logitech Scholarship Programme will create a viable pathway into the design industry for young people from underrepresented communities. The generous donation is a significant step in the College’s mission to provide financial support to a larger number of students, using it as a key recruitment tool to actively target a much wider socio-demographic talent pool.
Logitech has previously invested in the goals and ambitions of the RCA and its students through its support of the RCA Grand Challenge initiative. This scholarship programme feeds directly into Logitech’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and its belief that bringing together people with different perspectives, skills and ideas drives innovation.
Bracken Darrell, Logitech president and chief executive officer, said:
'The RCA has helped enable so many aspiring creators, artists, and designers make careers of their dreams. We are excited to be partnering with the top-rated design and art education institution in the world to assure that more and more underrepresented students can learn the craft and science of creation and design. They will change the world through their passion and capability.'
Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, said:
'Logitech’s support of the Royal College of Art has already helped us to bring to life our vision of an innovative, multidisciplinary creative education institution. It has also enabled our students to develop solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems through the RCA Grand Challenge. This new gift takes Logitech’s support for a diverse and inclusive design industry one step further, allowing the College to better support those students who have historically been underrepresented, and to deliver a higher quality educational experience for the whole of the RCA community.'