The late Chris Cornell is being remembered with a scholarship in Los Angeles, where he made his home in recent years.
The UCLA School of Law will offer a student scholarship in Cornell’s name, established with a $1 million fund from donations solicited by Cornell’s widow Vicky. In a statement she says that, “My husband and I agreed that given the opportunity of education, people have the power to change the world. UCLA School of Law is an institution known for its academic excellence and we are proud the Chris Cornell Scholarship will provide funding for future students and future leaders of the world…”
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block added that, “This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world.” And law school Dean Jennifer Mnookin saluted Vicky Cornell and the other donors for “helping to ensure that the law school will extend and strengthen its commitment to our students and to the pursuit of justice…Chris Cornell’s influence will be felt at UCLA Law and beyond for generations to come.”
Cornell’s title song for the film The Promise, about the Armenian genocide, is nominated for a GRAMMY Award (Best Rock Performance) and has funded the International Rescue Committee. Proceeds from the film, meanwhile, went to the UCLA law school’s Promise Institute for Human Rights.
Cornell, 52, died early on May 18 in Detroit, committing suicide after a concert the previous evening.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.