UCLA Law Students Will Get Support from New Chris Cornell Scholarship Fund

Chris Cornell on stage at Soundgarden performance
Soundgarden performs during the Fort Rock Festival at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., April 30, 2017. Aaron Gilbert/MediaPunch/IPX

To fans of the late, great Chris Cornell, the music from Soundgarden is the gift that keeps on giving.

But now, a coalition led by the famous frontman’s wife, Vicky Cornell, has offered up another gift that will continue to pay out for years to come: a scholarship endowment fund of more than $1 million that will support students at the UCLA School of Law.

According to a press release, the Chris Cornell Scholarship honors his commitment to “justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need.” The coalition is made up of several of Cornell’s friends and colleagues, along with supporters of UCLA Law.

“Vicky Cornell and all the people paying tribute to Chris Cornell’s tremendous legacy are helping to ensure that the law school will extend and strengthen its commitment to our students and to the pursuit of justice,” said UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin in the press release.

Cornell died in May at the age of 52. Before his death, Cornell wrote and recorded a song titled “The Promise” for a feature film of the same name that highlights the story of the Armenian genocide. Cornell donated his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee, while proceeds from the film itself are going to various human rights causes. These funds helped create the Promise Institute of Human Rights at UCLA School of Law.

“This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said.

In November, the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch honored Chris Cornell posthumously at its Voices For Justice event.

“My husband and I agreed that given the opportunity of education, people have the power to change the world,” Vicky Cornell said in a statement. “[W]e are proud the Chris Cornell Scholarship will provide funding for future students and future leaders of the world.”

This endowment fund donation is a contribution to the $4.2 billion UCLA Centennial Campaign, which will conclude in December 2019, marking UCLA’s 100th anniversary.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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