Lucas, Hobson give $10M to USC diversity program
March 29th, 2017
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas and his business executive wife, Mellody Hobson, have given another $10 million to the University of Southern California’s cinema school. The endowment expands the Chicago couple’s support for student diversity at USC School of Cinematic Arts.
“This endowed fund allows us to recruit storytellers whose voices are underrepresented in cinematic media, and whose inclusion benefits all of us,” Michael Renov, a dean at the School of Cinematic Arts, said in a release about the gift.
The donation comes on the heels of the Chicago couple announcing their museum will be built in Los Angeles. Remember how Chicago felt when those gifts to Chicago groups made headlines?
Hobson says they’re still giving to Chicago.
Read about some of the Chicago organizations that have benefited from their largess in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.