Just a week after Star Wars fans flipped out over the trailer for the series’ latest release, the franchise’s creator just gave a huge donation to ensure aspiring Black and Latin@ filmmakers have a chance to replicate his huge success.
George Lucas and his wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, donated $10 million to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to help recruit and support students from underrepresented communities. According to the university, the massive donation will establish The George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity, and provide scholarships to Black and Latin@ undergraduate and graduate students.
“Hispanic and African American storytellers are underrepresented in the entertainment industry,” Lucas said. “It is Mellody’s and my privilege to provide this assistance to qualified students who want to contribute their unique experience and talent to telling their stories.”
USC is the top film school in the nation with a slew of famous alums, including John Singleton, Rick Famuyiwa, Ron Howard, and Shonda Rhimes. The first recipients of the Lucas scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2016.