Baseball, Autry endow USC film school

Fund to help students with tuition, fees

Major League Baseball and Jackie Autry, widow of Gene Autry, have given $300,000 to the USC School of Cinema-Television to create an endowment fund to assist students with tuition and fees.

“Gene regarded his responsibility as a positive role model for America’s youth with total devotion,” Jackie Autry said. “The Gene Autry Endowed Student Support Fund allows Gene’s legacy to perpetuate his commitment and continue to influence the future of USC’s students through this contribution to their education.”

Gene Autry’s career encompassed radio, records, films, television and baseball. He appeared in 93 movies, sold more than 100 million records and owned the Angels baseball team from its founding to his death in 1998.

“We regard him as a legend who dared to make a real difference for millions of people and are proud to continue his legacy at USC,” said MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

The endowment is one of the largest ever received by the school and will be used to fund scholarships and fellowships. Other notable school endowments are in the names of Jack Nicholson, Mary Pickford, John Huston and Courtney Ross, widow of Steve Ross.

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