Alec Baldwin Donates $1 Million to Alma Mater NYU

Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund Established to Help Students in Need

New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a premiere institution for the performing, cinematic, and recording arts, has announced that alumnus and actor Alec Baldwin (Class of 1994) has donated $1 million for the establishment of the Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund.

“The support I received from Tisch made it possible for me to become an actor and to have a career in this business,” said Baldwin. “It’s important to give back to the institutions that give us such opportunities, and I encourage anyone to look into supporting their alma mater.”

Scholarship recipients will be named the Alec Baldwin Drama Scholars. ” I believe that in addition to excellent training, achievement of one’s goals in the performing arts requires an unwavering work ethic, development of leadership skills, willingness to collaborate, the ability to tolerate risk, and the capacity to work with constructive criticism,” added Baldwin.

Beginning in September 2010, the endowed fund will provide tuition assistance to students who best exhibit these characteristics, and are also in good academic standing, and demonstrate financial need. Special consideration will be given to students from economically disadvantaged families or who are the first in their families to attend a college or university.

“We are blessed to have great alumni such as Alec Baldwin. His life and career serve as exemplars of the work ethic, leadership skills, and the commitment we value at Tisch,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School. “In order to have great alumni you need to start with great students. Great students come from all over the world, and scholarships such as Alec’s enable us to attract and retain the best of the best to attend the Tisch School of the Arts regardless of their ability to pay. We are truly thrilled with Alec’s generosity and this transformative gift for the school.”

As one of the nation’s leading centers of undergraduate and graduate study in the performing, cinematic, and recording arts Tisch offers programs that incorporate state-of-the-art facilities; a collaboratively oriented community of award-winning faculty members; internship opportunities with established professionals; and the incomparable artistic and cultural resources of New York City. The Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund will support those students who would not otherwise be able to afford an NYU Tisch education.

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