Luxury home appliance brand Thermador is taking action to bring more diversity into the design industry. In partnership with the Interior Design Society (IDS), the brand is offering a nationwide scholarship and mentoring program to support students from underrepresented communities.
Dubbed the Diversity in Design Pipeline, the program includes a financial scholarship of $10,000 toward tuition, a one-year mentorship program with an interior designer, invitations to key industry events, and a one-year student membership to IDS, which includes access to networking events.
Up to five students—who are in their senior year at an accredited interior design program—will be selected by a committee of industry leaders including Oh Joy! founder Joy Cho, HGTV design star contestant Justin Williams, House Beautiful’s own market director Carisha Swanson, interior designer and co-founder of Bauer/Clifton Interiors Jeremy Bauer, and interior and product designer David Santiago of Casa Santi Interior Design.
“Interior designers have long been a pillar of the Thermador brand,” Beatriz Sandoval, director of brand marketing for Thermador, said in a press release. “We feel a great sense of responsibility to ensure we do our part to create a supportive and inclusive environment for diversity, creativity, and innovation that allows talent to break into this industry and thrive.”
Now through July 17, students—and professional designers interested in becoming mentors—can apply for the yearlong programming on IDS’s website. The winners and selected mentors will be announced later this summer.
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