The Giveback

Hank’s House

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 2019 Day of Giving, a one-day call for gifts, surpassed all expectations and raised hopes for even greater success next year.

Play to Win

Norma Provencio ’79 never wore an LMU D1 jersey as a student, but she played just about every intramural sport. Now she’s one of the Athletics Department’s biggest supporters.

Scholarship Initiative

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.”

A Brash Bird’s Legacy

The LMU School of Film and Television received a $5 million donation from the Walter Lantz Foundation this past September that will dramatically alter the school’s ability to train students.

The Writers Room

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.

Accounting for the Debt

Jim Hindman ’82, right, created the Alan H. Falcon Endowed Scholarship in Accounting to honor Alan Falcon, left, his former professor and mentor. Lauren Jyo, a junior accounting major, center, is this year’s scholarship recipient.

The Butterfly’s Song

In 1990, George Dunning established his first scholarship fund for LMU music students. He hopes that recipients will pursue classical music careers as concert pianists, members of a symphony orchestra, church organists or music teachers.

The Benefit of Habit

Steve Page’s parents had a mantra. “It was,” he remembers, “You guys are going to get an education.” His LMU education was made possible by the generosity of others.