EAST GREENVILLE, Pa., November 23, 2020— Knoll, Inc. (NYSE:KNL), a constellation of design-driven brands for the workplace and home, today launched the Knoll Diversity Advancement Design Scholarships for Black Students. Knoll created the scholarship in 2020 to develop the next generation of Black architects, graphic designers, industrial and architectural engineers, interior designers and industrial designers.
“Giving back to the communities where we live and work has been part of the Knoll culture since our founding. The Diversity Advancement Design Scholarships for Black Students is an exciting new way we can build on that heritage and make an impact,” said Andrew Cogan, Knoll Chairman and CEO.
The program will provide individual tuition awards of $10,000, renewable annually, to a total of five Black 2021 high school graduates in the United States and Canada who will be pursuing studies at two- or four-year institutions. The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization that works directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities. Since its founding more than 60 years ago, Scholarship America’s mission has been focused on student success, helping students break down barriers, open doors and access scholarships to achieve their dreams of a college education.
Scholarship applications for the programs inaugural year are available now thru January 14, 2021 at learnmore.scholarsapply.org/knolldiversity.
Diversity and Inclusion at Knoll
At Knoll, our differences contribute to our success. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and creating opportunities for people who come from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, people with disabilities, and building on our leadership in LGBTQ+ equality. We recognize that our policies and practices will evolve as we continue to focus on creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Modernism in design was born as a means toward social good, and Knoll was founded on the principle that modern design can make a difference in improving the quality of the way we live and work. By extension, good design is agnostic about the color of one’s skin, their abilities or disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity, responding to the universal desire for utility, joy and beauty.
We believe that embracing diverse perspectives contributes to an inclusive workplace and strengthens the communities where we live and work. Knoll supports a continuous dialogue that promotes teamwork and differences.
Learn more about Knoll actions to support more inclusive and diverse communities here.
Knoll, Inc. is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients in person and digitally to create inspired modern interiors. Our internationally recognized portfolio includes furniture, textiles, leathers, accessories, and architectural and acoustical elements. Our brands — Knoll Office, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, KnollExtra, Spinneybeck | FilzFelt, Edelman Leather, HOLLY HUNT, DatesWeiser, Muuto, and Fully — reflect our commitment to modern design that meets the diverse requirements of high performance workplaces, work from home settings and luxury residential interiors. A recipient of the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian`s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Knoll, Inc. is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help organizations achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workplace certification. Our products can also help clients comply with the International Living Future Institute to achieve Living Building Challenge Certification, and with the International WELL Building Institute to attain WELL Building Certification. Knoll, Inc. is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.
About Scholarship America®
Scholarship America is a non-profit organization that helps students fulfill their college dreams. Since 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $4.3 billion to more than 2.6 million students. The organization works with partners to lower barriers to a college education and give students the support needed to succeed. Learn more at scholarshipamerica.org.
David E. Bright