Moore Hall, home of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies has received an estimated $10 million bequest from the estate of an alumnus and former teacher to establish two new scholarship programs.
The graduate school said the bequest from the estate of Gordon Smith and his wife, Olga, also a former teacher, is the largest in its history.
The Gordon and Olga Smith Teacher Education Scholars program will provide scholarship support to students in UCLA Teacher Education Program. In addition, the Gordon and Olga Smith Dean’s Scholars Program will support scholarships to help recruit the best and brightest students to pursue advanced degrees in education at UCLA.
“The Gordon and Olga Smith Scholarship Fund will serve as a lasting tribute to the extraordinary lives of Gordon and Olga Smith and their dedicated work as public school teachers, while enabling UCLA to recruit the next generation of outstanding education students,” said Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
Gordon Smith earned a teaching credential from UCLA in 1964 and taught Spanish and social studies in the Burbank Unified School District and elsewhere. Olga Smith taught Spanish in the Burbank school district.