UNCF and Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation Pave the Way for HBCU Students to Achieve Better Futures in the Fashion Industry
The scholarships, funded by the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, align with and build on Ralph Lauren Corporation’s commitments to address systemic racism and racial injustice by creating more opportunities for equity within the fashion industry and beyond, beginning with education.
“Students represent the best of the human spirit—passion, curiosity and boundless dreams,” said Ralph Lauren, executive chairman and chief creative officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation. “When all students have an equal chance to succeed, their dreams become realities and inspire us all.”
“The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation works to make the dream of a better life a reality by championing equity and investing in historically underserved communities,” said Roseann Lynch, Ralph Lauren chief people officer and head of the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation. “Our hope is that these scholarships will deepen pathways of access to education for our future leaders and help enable them to pursue their own dreams.”
“Morehouse has a common cause with partners like the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation who believe that equity beings with education,” said David A. Thomas, Ph.D., president, Morehouse College. “Through educational investments, which help elevate the creativity and professional competence of talented students of color, we today empower the innovators who will develop the fashions, products and services the world will demand tomorrow.”
“This new scholarship will allow high-achieving students in need of financial support to graduate with less debt, ready to step into their careers,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., former president, Spelman College. “We’re extremely proud to join forces with the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation in its effort to increase equity and access in the fashion industry.”
“We are delighted that the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation is expanding its partnership with UNCF and increasing its investment this year to provide more scholarships for African American students,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. “African American communities remain disproportionately impacted by the lack of resources needed to go to and through college. Recognizing that need, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation is fueling our ability to move the needle further for deserving, talented students who want to earn degrees, but just lack the resources to do so.”
In addition to Morehouse College and Spelman College, Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation scholarship grants will benefit eligible students at 10 HBCUs over a five-year period. Extending the outcomes of the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation’s scholarship programs, each scholarship will also encourage community service participation.
The company also launched the Ralph Lauren Pin of Solidarity to consumers in North America in November 2021. Created by Ralph Lauren’s Black Advisory Council, the pin is a tangible, timeless symbol of allyship with Black, African and African American communities. One hundred percent of the profits from the sale of each pin is contributed to the company’s separate UNCF Ralph Lauren Scholarship Program. The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation is also an annual sponsor of the UNCF National Walk for Education.®
The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation is leading by example, showing how Investing in Better Futures® will lead to a better world for us all.