Harvard Law School has received a $10 million donation from media magnate and alumnus Sumner Redstone.
The money will bolster the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowships for Public Service—a program created in 2010 with a $1 million gift from Redstone to support graduates who pursue public-interest law careers. The inaugural 10 fellows worked in areas ranging from criminal defense and civil rights to family law and nongovernmental organizations.
“We are profoundly grateful for Sumner Redstone’s magnificent gift, which will enormously strengthen our ability to encourage and support Harvard Law School graduates who wish to serve the greater good,” dean Martha Minow said.
The money comes from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation and is the single largest donation the law school has received specifically to support public service.
“The need for public service today is greater than ever, demanding innovation and progress to make a fundamental impact,” Redstone said. “It is an honor to further this commitment to public service and it is my hope that the Redstone fellows will continue to put their intellectual tools to the best possible use in building a better world.”
Redstone graduated from Harvard Law School in 1947 but while still a student was recruited into a special military intelligence group tasked with breaking Japan’s military and diplomatic codes during World War II. He later served as a special assistant to the U.S. attorney general before amassing a media empire. His media properties would include CBS Corp., Paramount Pictures and Viacom Inc. He now is executive chairman of both Viacom and CBS.
Forbes magazine lists the 90-year-old Redstone as No. 71 on its ranking of the wealthiest Americans with an estimated net worth of $5.8 billion.