A statue of basketball legend Hank Gathers will pay tribute to an enduring and still vibrant legacy of a beloved member of the LMU community.
LMU’s five-year Scholarship Initiative, launched in October 2012, successfully ended earlier this year by topping its $100 million goal by $3 million, a “record-setting achievement,” said President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D. The initiative was launched to relieve financial pressure felt by families and students who seek an LMU education and to enhance the university’s ability to attract a high-caliber and diverse student body. Meeting both priorities will continue to be important to LMU’s future. “LMU will build on this momentum,” Snyder said, “to extend our shared vision of global imagination, to remain synonymous with academic excellence, and to deepen our Jesuit and Marymount tradition of transforming our students into women and men for and with others.”
Melissa Blake ’95 says she chose to attend LMU partly because of its screenwriting program, and she completed the program partly with financial help from a relative. Today, she and her husband, Roberto Orci, fund scholarships in the School of Film and Television screenwriting program that benefit two undergraduate students. SFTV grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in screenwriting for film and television. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter named the school one of the top 10 film schools in the United States.