Roots and wings: building the future, from Trivero’s school to the Ermenegildo Zegna Founder’s Scholarship
September, in the minds of students past and present, is the month when you go back to school: a final glance through the holiday pics and then start getting books together for the new academic year.
The “Roots and wings” exhibition at Casa Zegna takes us back in time, with students from the distant Fifties, to when Ermenegildo Zegna opened a "Professional Secondary School", along with other Biella business people, and committed to promoting education for the younger generations. Starting up in academic 1955/56, the school was hosted in the Zegna Welfare Center, along with the hospital, swimming pool, library and other amenities designed to improve social conditions in the community of Trivero. The school had workshops with professional machinery and was an extraordinary formative opportunity for young people in the area, who could thus specialize in one of four industrial trades: spinning, weaving, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. The number of students grew constantly till 1968/69, when the school closed.
The experience of the Professional School opened in Trivero in the 2nd half of the Fifties was a seed that grew over the years, from Trivero out into the world: an “Escuela Zegna”, for example, was set up in Mexico in the Nineties to offer a better future to street children, enabling them to learn the trade of tailoring, from patterns to cutting and the finished suit.
“Roots and wings” traces the journey begun in Fifties down to the challenges of the present day. Zegna’s "Scholarship Program" offers the right tools for taking up such challenges. In fact, the Ermenegildo Zegna Founder’s Scholarship provides up to 50,000 euros a year to enable a limited number of unexceptionally promising young Italians to do post-graduate research or specialization courses abroad. However, this granting of “wings” isn’t meant to subsidize those who simply want to employ their brains elsewhere: roots are fundamental here and priority is given to women and men who have the potential to become leaders in their fields and are sincerely keen to come back to Italy and make a valuable contribution to the country on completing their studies abroad.
The vision of Ermenegildo Zegna, whose efforts triggered virtuous processes of acquiring skills and knowledge, has grown into a more modern philanthropy, into collective and shared development. The “Roots and wings” exhibition is all this: a discovery of memories but also, above all, of prospects.
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