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September 3, 2014

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation Established

Many talented students are dissuaded from careers in the Cinematic Arts because of the costs associated with a state of the art education. The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has donated $5 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts to provide need based scholarships to qualified undergraduate students with significant financial struggles.  

“We are excited to help the School of Cinematic Arts provide greater opportunities to students in need,” said Alex 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 CinematicArts.”

The donation marks the single largest gift the School of Cinematic Arts 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 the School of Cinematic Arts. 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.

“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 Daley.  “We are tremendously grateful for their support.”

The first Cohen scholarships were awarded this Fall.