The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), along with the Chinese nonprofit C Foundation, announces the establishment of the C Foundation Fellowship Fund at the GSD. The C Foundation Fellowship Fund, initiated during the GSD’s Grounded Visionaries campaign, will provide financial aid with a preference for GSD students from China. This fellowship will create opportunities for students to pursue top-tier design education at the school and advance design in Asia, supporting the C Foundation’s mission of fostering design education and professional development.
C Foundation’s gift of $300,000 to establish the C Foundation Fellowship Fund includes $50,000 for immediate use to benefit students at the GSD. The remainder of the gift is invested in the Harvard University endowment, leveraging these dollars for future support. Other members of the C Foundation can contribute to the C Foundation Fellowship Fund, adding their own generosity to the campaign and increasing its impact.
As part of the Grounded Visionaries campaign, the GSD has increased the number of student fellowships by over 50 percent, with 24 new endowed funds created to expand opportunities for talented design students.
Established in 2014 by 10 well-known architects and interior designers from Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan, the Shenzen-based C Foundation subsidizes design education, encourages academic research, boosts artistic innovation and networking, and promotes traditional Chinese design and art culture. The first self-supporting charity foundation established by designers in greater China, it accomplishes these goals by promoting and funding a variety of design programs and activities.