Auerbach establishes a finishing fund for SCA students
Larry Auerbach, associate dean at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, came to the university 20 years ago after a nearly 50-year career as an agent in the motion picture, television and live entertainment business at the William Morris Agency. His aim was to help students bridge the gap between school and one of the toughest industries in the world.
To commemorate his 20th anniversary at the school and as a tribute to his late wife, Auerbach has donated a major gift to establish the Carole & Larry Auerbach and Family Endowed Finishing Fund at the School of Cinematic Arts.
“I felt very good about my 20 years here at the school and what it did for me,” said Auerbach, head of the Office of Student Industry Relations. “I wanted to see the school continue to grow, and I wanted to help. I appreciated that this was a whole new career for me, and my wife and I wanted to show our appreciation for the new life it gave me.”
Auerbach felt that the gift, which goes directly to students who are making meaningful projects, would be a fitting way to honor his family. Because the fund establishes an endowment for support, it will allow students to work on their films for years to come.
“It was important to me that the money go directly to students,” Auerbach said. “It’s good to know that, because of the endowment, those who need a little bit more help to make a film that the faculty of the school decided was worth finishing will have the chance to finish it. It’s a good way to support a place that’s been good to me and my family.”