New Scholarship Fund Honors Edward Schneider

Friends of the Leonard Davis School and Dean Emeritus Edward Schneider joined with foundations and companies to endow the new Schneider Scholarship Fund.

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology has a new, robust endowed scholarship to celebrate. The Edward L. Schneider Endowed Scholarship Fund was created earlier this year by several donors and friends of the Leonard Davis School. Last fall, Board of Councilors member and former chair Keith Renken thought it would be fitting for USC Leonard Davis students, who have recognized Dean Emeritus Ed Schneider for his excellence in teaching with numerous awards, to receive support from a scholarship in his name. Toward that end, Renken issued a $50,000 challenge grant, with the goal of raising a minimum of $100,000. The scholarship fund now exceeds $250,000 in pledges and cash.

“Many know how special a person Ed is, and he is equally treasured by his students,” Renken said. “I can’t think of a better way to create a lasting legacy for Ed with respect to his popularity with students than to create an endowed scholarship in his name that will live on in perpetuity. I am thrilled that the collective generosity of so many will enable generations of Leonard Davis School students to benefit from their support.”

Friends of the Leonard Davis School and Edward Schneider — among them Keith Renken, Mary Lou Dauray and Alan Davis, Judy and Tom Flesh, Mercedes and Bentley Kerr, Renee and Meyer Luskin, Dick Oxford, and Shari and Bob Thorell — joined with foundations and companies such as the Annenberg Foundation, Mountainview Packaging, and UniHealth Foundation to endow the Schneider Scholarship Fund.

“I am so pleased that our school has scholarship funds for students who want to come to the best gerontology program on the planet,” Schneider said. “Moreover, I am very grateful to Keith and all of the other donors who made this scholarship in my name possible — it is a great honor!”

Pinchas Cohen, dean of the USC Leonard Davis School, said, “The Edward Schneider Scholarship is a wonderful tribute to my predecessor and friend, and I am grateful for all of the support from so many.”

Gifts to the USC Leonard Davis School’s endowed scholarship funds ensure in perpetuity that our remarkable students will have the resources and scholarships they require to excel. Named scholarship funds leave a lasting legacy for donors and have a permanent impact on the lives of generations of students who receive this generous support. To learn more about creating an endowed scholarship in your name or to contribute to the Schneider Scholarship, please contact David Eshaghpour, Senior Associate Dean for Advancement, at (213) 740-1360. 

Top: Keith Renken (left) and Edward Schneider (photo by Steve Cohn)