Published February 2, 2022
Fireclay Tile Announces Diversity Advancement Scholarship with the Architects Foundation
Scholarship fund created to support equity for Black women pursuing architecture.
Fireclay Tile, a Certified B-Corp handmade tile manufacturer and retailer, is proud to announce its latest scholarship partnership with The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Diversity Advancement Scholarship, which aims to support equity for Black women pursuing architecture and narrow racial disparities in the design industry, is now accepting donations on fireclaytile.com.
For Fireclay Tile, success is measured by more than just square feet. Whether it's donating tile or investing in the community, Fireclay believes the biggest difference their craft can make is by giving back.
As part of their Made for Good commitment, Fireclay first partnered with The Architects Foundation in 2021 to create a Diversity Advancement Scholarship aimed to support the progress of aspiring Black women architects and help narrow the racial disparities in the design industry.
"We are honored to be working with Fireclay Tile and the greater design community to help award more scholarships to deserving students," said Marci Reed, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation. "Our community of scholars is full of bright, creative, driven students who will create inclusive spaces, places, and communities. Being able to put more Black women in the pipeline of future architects goes a long way in our mission as the philanthropic partner of the AIA to create a more just, equitable, and diverse profession."
With the help of the community and industry partners, Fireclay was able to raise over $50,700 to support the education of two prospective students.
This year, Fireclay Tile is excited to announce that they're doubling down by committing $25,000 as part of their Fireclay Gives program and setting an even higher fundraising goal of $100,000, which can support four students.
Said Fireclay Tile CEO Eric Edelson, "This is a tremendous partnership, and we are honored to support the work of the Architects Foundation to help educate and inspire more amazing talent."
Fireclay believes that architecture should reflect the diverse society it serves and invites you to visit their Fundraising Page to learn more and to donate.
For all press and scholarship partnership inquiries, please reach out to Kali@Fireclaytile.com.