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USC Games Establishes The Gerald A. Lawson Endowment Fund, Supporting Black and Indigenous Students

LOS ANGELESUSC Games, ranked as Princeton Review’s #1 Games Program in North America in 2021, announced the establishment of The Gerald A. Lawson Endowment Fund for Black and Indigenous Students, with the goal of increasing those groups’ representation in games and tech industries.


Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., a global industry-leading developer, publisher, and marketer of interactive entertainment made a significant seed contribution to establishing the Lawson Fund for student support. The Fund will provide student support for Black and Indigenous students who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in game design or computer science from USC's prestigious program.


With financial support from additional game and technology companies and donors, USC Games’ vision is to expand the initiative and support other aspects of diversity and equity, including salary support for additional Black and Indigenous faculty as well as labs and projects that addressed issues that affect these marginalized communities. Student recipients of the funds will be known as "Lawson Scholars" and the initiative will be featured during the program’s annual USC Games Expo on May 15th, 2021 at 12 p.m. PST, viewable on www.uscgamesexpo.com.


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