The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has donated $5 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts to provide need-based scholarships to qualified undergraduates with significant financial struggles.
“The importance of Steve and Alex’s generous gift cannot be overstated, given our objective to make a cinematic arts education possible for every deserving student who has the creative vision and voice to become an innovative mediamaker,” said SCA Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “We are tremendously grateful for their support.”
The donation marks the single-largest gift the school has ever received for student support and will create the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support. The fund will provide financial assistance for cost of attendance to 15 to 25 undergraduate Cohen Scholars — qualified students across all of the undergraduate degree programs at SCA — who were awarded this fall. The hope is that the scholarship program will also encourage high school students, who might have thought an SCA education was beyond their means, to apply.
“We are excited to help the School of Cinematic Arts provide greater opportunities to students in need,” said Alexandra Cohen. “We hope that the Cohen Scholars will bring a diversity of voices to the next generation of storytellers and creative influencers in their chosen area of interest within the School of Cinematic Arts.”