A Newport Beach woman has given a record-breaking $1-million gift to UC Irvine's School of Fine Arts to support undergraduate scholarships in piano, violin, viola and cello, a campus spokesman announced Thursday.
The gift from Marjorie Rawlins, a longtime patron and supporter of UCI's music programs, is the largest private donation ever made to the School of Fine Arts, said spokesman Scott Nelson.
Rawlins, 74, praised UCI's fine arts and music programs and said she hoped the scholarships would "go to talented students who are going to continue with music, either ending up as performers or teachers. I have a lot of faith in young people."
The gift will establish the Marjorie and Robert Rawlins Endowment Fund, named for the donor and her late husband, a former engineer and venture capitalist. Interest from the endowment will fund four scholarships worth $3,000, each starting in fall. That number is expected to increase to 16 scholarships, starting in 1998 and continuing indefinitely. Additional income from the endowment will pay for master classes taught by outstanding musicians from throughout the world, Nelson said.