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Kerr Family Endowment establishes scholarship fund for Middle Eastern students

Scholarship covers tuition of students from the Middle East to pursue studies in humanities or social sciences

Ann Kerr and Aslı Bâli
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Ann Kerr and Aslı Bâli.

The UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies has created the Kerr Family Centennial Scholars Endowment. Dedicated to promoting international understanding and peace through education, the endowment will underwrite the higher education of people from the Middle East who attend UCLA.

The Kerr Family Endowment will offer partial or full-tuition scholarships, plus support for room and board, to talented students from the greater Middle East who pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in the humanities and/or social sciences at UCLA. The endowment was established by a gift of more than $500,000 from Ann Kerr and her four children: Susan Kerr van de Ven, John Malcolm Kerr, Stephen Douglas Kerr and Andrew Stanley Kerr. It honors three generations of the Kerr family: Stanley Elphinstone Kerr and Elsa Reckman Kerr, the parents of Malcolm Hooper Kerr; Malcolm Kerr; and Ann and Malcolm’s children.

UCLA has made a matching contribution of $250,000 under the Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Matching Initiative, bringing the total initial endowment to $750,000. The endowment will operate in perpetuity.

“The Middle East and its people have been a treasured part of my life since I was a student at the American University of Beirut during my junior year at Occidental College,” Ann Kerr said. “I am a great believer in the transformative experience of living and studying in another country, which deepens our understanding of a people and their culture. As you learn about another culture, you also come to a greater knowledge of your own.

“It is my wish that Middle Eastern scholarship recipients come to know the United States better and return to their own countries to share what they have learned.”

Read the full story on the UCLA International Institute website.

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