george lucas & mellody hobson

George Lucas and wife, Melody Hobson

*The George Lucas Family Foundation has given $10 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts to provide financial assistance to African-American and Hispanic students.

The funding is a part of the GLEF’s 2006 pledge to the film school and represents the largest single donation for student support in the school’s history.

Minority students on both the graduate and undergraduate levels will receive first dibs consideration for financial support, which will also be split evenly between male and female students, who will be known as George Lucas Scholars or Mellody Hobson Scholars.

The announcement came from dean of the USC film school, Elizabeth M. Daley, who said in a statement: “We are so grateful to George and Mellody for their continued support of the School of Cinematic Arts, and in particular for this amazing gift, and their recognition of the need to encourage the Hispanic and African-American storytellers of tomorrow.”

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