Spearheaded by his widow, Vicky Cornell, UCLA Law School will honour the life of the late Soundgarden frontman with a scholarship that celebrates his “eternal commitment to justice.”
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said that the scholarship “honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world”, valued at over $1 million to support students of the Law School.
Vicky Cornell spoke openly about her and Chris’ passion for education saying, “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 under the leadership of Dean Mnookin and Chancellor Block.”
UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin added that “Vicky Cornell and all the people paying tribute to Chris Cornell’s tremendous legacy are helping to ensure that the law school will extend and strengthen its commitment to our students and to the pursuit of justice. Through the work of the Promise Institute and the scholarships that this fund will support, Chris Cornell’s influence will be felt at UCLA Law and beyond for generations to come.”
Chris Cornell passed away suddenly in May this year and his final song, ‘The Promise’ is shortlisted for an upcoming Oscar nomination.