The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $2.9 million bequest from Elaine Krown Klein in support of a scholarship fund established by her and her late husband, Leo, in 1986.
Since its inception, the Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship Fund at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture has supported two hundred and twenty-five students across all artistic disciplines, including architecture, dance, design, music, and the visual arts. Thirteen recipients will begin their studies this fall. With the bequest, the fund is now valued at more than $4 million.
As a visual artist who was raised by a single mother, Krown Klein, who died in January, understood the struggles familiar to many young artists. She attributed her early love for art making to the teachers who encouraged her artistic expression and provided her with the resources to explore her interests — assistance that later fueled her desire to help art students pursue their passions regardless of their financial means. After joining the Affiliates of UCLA, a university service group comprising prominent women from the Los Angeles community, in the mid-1950s, Krown Klein became a loyal supporter of the School of the Arts and Architecture and the musical programs that would form part of the foundation of the Herb Alpert School of Music, where in 2015 she established the Leo M. Klein and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies.
"She was genuinely invested in our work, achievements, and craft," said Rayne Laborde, a Krown Klein scholar who is completing master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning. "She lit up when eagerly recounting phone calls, letters, and visits from alumni with whom she maintained decades-long relationships."