Sumner Redstone donates $1 million to Harvard University

first_imgBoston, MA (April 23, 2010) — Harvard University today announced that Sumner M. Redstone has contributed $1 million to be used by Harvard College and Harvard Law School. This contribution by Mr. Redstone, a graduate of both schools, will establish scholarships for 20 Redstone Scholars to attend Harvard College for the 2010–2011 academic year. Additionally, Mr. Redstone’s gift will furnish funding for 10 postgraduate public service fellowships at Harvard Law School.The Sumner M. Redstone Undergraduate Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance to deserving men and women at Harvard College. The fund will support undergraduates from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to public service reflecting the civic ideals of President John F. Kennedy.“I am deeply grateful to Mr. Redstone for this generous gift. It will help ensure that Harvard College is accessible to students who hold service to the public good as a fundamental value,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “These immediate-use scholarships support the College’s strong commitment to creating a diverse and outstanding undergraduate class each year.”At Harvard Law School, the Redstone Fellowships will support 10 students who wish to pursue postgraduate public service.Martha Minow, dean of the Faculty and Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law, said, “In the 50 years since John F. Kennedy inspired a generation with his call to service, Sumner Redstone has steadfastly answered that call throughout the course of his extraordinary career and as a visionary leader in our society. Now, with these fellowships, he shares his inspiration by supporting the newest generation of lawyers who wish to make a difference in the lives of their fellow human beings. I am enormously grateful for his vision and leadership. The 10 recipients of his generosity will magnify his contribution many times over, by helping untold numbers of people. As President Kennedy’s brother Robert said, each time a person acts to improve the lot of others, ‘he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’”Mr. Redstone said, “As a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, I have experienced firsthand the culture of excellence and public service that is a fundamental tradition of these great schools. Harvard’s longstanding commitment to leadership through enlightenment and engagement provides an outstanding foundation for the next generation of leaders for the U.S. and around the world.“As the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s presidency nears, we reflect on how his influence sparked an era of optimism, activism and national service. I have established these scholarships to help celebrate President Kennedy’s spirit by fostering a focus on education and a renewed commitment to public service. I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize and encourage these admirable young men and women.”The recipients of the scholarships announced today will be chosen based on criteria that include a commitment to public service that reflects President Kennedy’s civic ideals.Mr. Redstone has recently awarded more than $100 million in charitable grants to fund initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. His contributions have funded research and patient care advancements in cancer, burn recovery and mental health at several major non-profit healthcare organizations, and have provided support for groups that care for impoverished children in Southeast Asia.Sumner M. RedstoneMr. Redstone has served as the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) since Jan. 1, 2006. He also serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of CBS Corporation. He was Chief Executive Officer of the former Viacom Inc. from 1996 to 2005 and Chairman of the Board of the former Viacom Inc. since 1986. He has also been Chairman of the Board of National Amusements, Inc., Viacom’s controlling stockholder, since 1986, its Chief Executive Officer since 1967 and also served as its President from 1967 through 1999. Mr. Redstone served as the first Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Theatre Owners and is currently a member of its Executive Committee. He has been a frequent lecturer at universities, including Harvard Law School, Boston University Law School and Brandeis University. Mr. Redstone graduated from Harvard University in 1944 and received an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1947. Upon graduation, he served as law secretary with the U.S. Court of Appeals and then as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. Mr. Redstone served in the Military Intelligence Division during World War II. While a student at Harvard, he was selected to join a special intelligence group whose mission was to break Japan’s high-level military and diplomatic codes. Mr. Redstone received, among other honors, two commendations from the Military Intelligence Division in recognition of his service, contribution, and devotion to duty, and the Army Commendation Award.last_img read more

Slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout expected in war- ravaged Syria

first_imgDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A World Health Organization official says the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in war-ravaged Syria will depend on their availability and distribution and may initially cover only 3% of the population, a World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Akjemal Magtymova, WHO’s representative in Syria, said the country is eligible to receive the vaccine for free through the global COVAX effort aimed at helping lower-income countries obtain the shots. But Magtymova couldn’t say when the first shipment was expected to arrive, how many vaccines were expected, or how they would be rolled out in a divided country still at war. The COVAX rollout is expected to begin in April.last_img

‘Reading Rocks’ Program Aims to Help Students With Literacy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA new summer reading program called, ‘Reading Rocks!’ will be offered this year thanks to Alpena Public Schools. The ‘Reading Rocks!’ program is designed to help all students read better by the end of their 3rd grade year, and pass the new state requirements for reading levels.Back in 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill to aim at improving childhood literacy. Beginning in 2019 the new law will stop 3rd graders from moving on to 4th grade if their reading skills aren’t up to standard.Students eligible for ‘Reading Rocks!’ will be those having a difficult time with their reading skills, and for those currently in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. The 4–week program will be available at all six district elementary schools.There will be 36 spots for each of the elementary schools with possible openings for other students to attend. Parents will be notified by May if their child has been accepted.The program will start on June 27th and end on July 20th. Each session will be from 9 am until 11 am.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, Childhood Literacy, Governor Rick Snyder, Reading RocksContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Chamber of Commerce & AHS Hold Senior Advisory Career Prep to Help Students Prepare for Their Future in the WorkforceNext Girl Scouts of Alpena Donate Dresses for ‘Every Dress Has a Story’ Community Servicelast_img read more