The University of Southern California has announced a $10 million gift from George Lucas and Mellody Hobson to endow a scholarship fund in its film school. Made through the George Lucas Family Foundation, the gift will establish the George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity, which will provide financial support for African-American and Latino students enrolled at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. African-American or Latino students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will receive priority consideration for financial support from the fund, with support to be split equally between male and female students. The first recipients of the scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2016 semester. "George Lucas and Mellody Hobson are inspiring leaders in their fields, and tremendous friends to the USC community," said USC president C.L. Max Nikias. "This gift will nurture the next generation of artists, supporting scholarships that enhance access in the cinematic arts, while bringing new and diverse voices and stories into our lives."
"George Lucas and Mellody Hobson Give to Diversity." University of South California Press Release 10/27/2015.