The Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Charitable Foundation has gifted $1 million to the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law to help African-American students.

The gift includes the $1 million scholarship endowment along with an additional $50,000 gift for current use toward merit scholarships for law student applicants, beginning with the incoming class in autumn 2021, with a positive consideration in the selection process given to students who self-identify as African-American.

The contribution was made by USC alumnus Harold Brown, who named the scholarship in honour of his parents.

Brown said: “I have the utmost respect for people who work hard to further their education, and I’m very pleased that the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Charitable Foundation can help talented, deserving students achieve their goals. I hope this scholarship makes a difference in the lives of Gould students, who will then go on to make a difference in the lives of so many others during their legal careers.”

USC Gould dean Andrew Guzman said: “The strength of our law school is rooted in its diversity – of backgrounds, cultures, ideas and perspectives. Yet we recognise that there is much more work to be done on this important front. It’s an ongoing process of improvement. This generous gift helps us in our journey to become a better, more inclusive institution, which in turn helps the legal profession become more diverse and more representative of the communities it serves.

Date published: 31 July 2020

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