George Lucas foundation donates $10M to USC film school

George Lucas foundation donates $10M to USC film school

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Force must be strong with University of Southern California (USC).

The school announced Tuesday that the George Lucas Family Foundation is donating $10 million to its film school to provide financial support to black and Hispanic students.

The money will be used to establish the George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity.

In a statement, the “Star Wars” director said Hispanic and African-American storytellers are underrepresented in the entertainment industry.

Students will receive the first awards next fall.

The endowment is the largest single donation for student support in school history.

Lucas, a USC graduate, donated some $175 million to the school in 2006, including millions to rebuild its film school.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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