Trumpeter Herb Alpert’s namesake foundation, co- founded with his wife, singer Lani Hall, is making a $10.1 million donation to Los Angeles City College that will provide all music majors at the school with a tuition-free education, it was reported Thursday.
“I love that LACC has helped so many low-income students who have financial challenges but have a strong commitment to education and to self- improvement,” Alpert said.
In addition to free tuition, the donation will also provide music majors with additional private lessons and extended financial aid. The funding will apply to students whether they’re in a two-year certificate program or pursuing a four-year music degree. It is also expected to enhance music offerings to non- music majors.
“The vast majority of our students are from underserved communities and faced with enormous financial challenges as they strive to attain their academic and career goals,” said Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Los Angeles City College Foundation. “This generous gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation allows these talented students to focus on their studies while pursuing their individual pathways towards successful careers in the music industry.”
About 4,000 students take some type of music courses at LACC.
“The Herb Alpert Foundation’s two core areas of funding are the arts, and compassion and well-being, and this gift to LACC beautifully marries those two priorities,” said Rona Sebastian, president of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “It supports those music students dedicated to pursuing advancement in this artistic discipline, and it provides an often-underserved, diverse student population with a fair, just and compassionate opportunity to afford the costs of a higher education.”
The free tuition is expected to take effect beginning in the fall of 2017.
The Herb Alpert Foundation has supported the school in the past, providing gifts totaling more than $500,000.
—City News Service
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