In July 2015, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation awarded a grant to the Presidio Graduate School (PGS), located in San Francisco, CA, to enable them to evolve their current Integrated Capstone course into a more robust program, modeled on a true business accelerator. They also seeded a scholarship program for incoming students.
The grant enabled PGS to create the Ray C. Anderson Circle, an invitation-only group, made up of an illustrious cross-section of Bay Area entrepreneurs and investors eager to share their time, expertise and networks with PGS students and alumni. In its inaugural year, there are 11 Circle Members who have already met twice since the group formed in summer 2015.
As part of their scope of service, Circle members participate as guest lecturers and mentors to PGS students, and they contribute a minimum of eight hours per term.
In addition to the Circle, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s grant has also been used to seed a new scholarship program called the Ray C. Anderson Foundation Industrial Revolutionaries Scholarship. These scholarships are intended for incoming students who have demonstrated extraordinary interest and/or aptitude in the areas about which Ray C. Anderson cared most deeply, including industrial ecology, closing the technical loop, green design, biomimicry and other related sustainable business strategies. Applications for these scholarships opened in September 2015 for the Spring 2016 term.