USC receives $1 million donation to establish a new scholarship for Black students

The University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law will soon have another recruiting tool to attract people of color to its law school. Starting in Fall of 2021, students who self-identify as African American can apply for the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Scholarship at USC Gould School of Law. 

Alumnus Harold Brown gifted $1 million to the university and will give an additional $50,000 towards current merit scholarships for Black law students. Brown named the scholarship after his parents and says the goal is to attract and enroll more students of color.

“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,” Brown said. “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.”

Dean Andrew Guzman has made diversity a signature priority, since assuming leadership of the law school in 2015 and the Gould School of Law has increased enrollment of JD students from underrepresented groups as a result. 

“The strength of our law school is rooted in its diversity — of backgrounds, cultures, ideas and perspectives. Yet we recognize that there is much more work to be done on this important front. It’s an ongoing process of improvement,” said Dean Guzman. “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.”

Brown says he was inspired by USC’s commitment to advance social justice and positive change. This is not the first time Brown has gifted USC with a generous monetary donation. He is a dedicated supporter of USC and also recently donated $5 million to create the Rosalie and Harold Brown Center for Cancer Drug Discovery at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. 



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