The University of Southern California has announced a $110 million gift from John Mork — a 1970 graduate of the school and current board member — and his wife, Julie, to support undergraduate scholarships. The gift, one of only seven of $100 million or more ever made to USC, is the single largest gift in the university's history.
Based on academic merit, the USC Mork Family Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors of extraordinary intellectual talent and capability who have demonstrated the highest qualities of scholarship and citizenship and have maintained at least a 3.5 grade-point average. The scholarships will cover full tuition and a $5,000 annual stipend.
In keeping with the Mork family and USC's commitment to local neighborhoods, scholarship recipients will include students from the USC Family of Schools. Mork Family Scholars at the junior- and senior-class level will have the opportunity to serve as mentors to their freshman and sophomore counterparts.
In 2006, the Morks contributed $15 million to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, whose department of chemical engineering and materials science is named after them. John Mork has served on Viterbi's board of councilors since 2002.
"Attending USC is the dream of talented high school seniors from all walks of life who have incredible potential to effect positive change as tomorrow's leaders," said John Mork. "We hope this gift will help transform hundreds of young lives and, through them, allow the university to continue strengthening its reputation for excellence for generations to come."