Founder’s Circle

The Founder’s Circle empowers the next generation of dancers, choreographers and dance leaders by securing the resources needed for them to pursue their academic and artistic goals at a globally renowned university.

Founder’s Circle members are part of a premier legacy group, limited to the first twenty-five individuals, who establish an endowed scholarship at USC Kaufman. Members are honored for their leadership and commitment to the future of dance with permanent recognition in the lobby of the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.  Throughout the year, they are invited to meet scholarship recipient(s) at special events like our Annual Endowed Scholarship Brunch as well as backstage after student performances, and watch as these young artists evolve during their distinctly USC Kaufman experience.

Join the legacy. Become a Founder’s Circle member today.

Q: What does it mean to endow a scholarship?

A: Your gift as a Founder’s Circle member is invested in the USC Endowment to assure continued growth of the principal. Each year, interest from this investment is given to a student as a scholarship. This arrangement assures that the principal will continue to grow and more scholarships can be awarded in the future.

Q: What is the financial commitment of the Founders Circle?

A: Named scholarships start at a minimum contribution of $100,000. Your legacy gift can be payable in up to 5 annual installments ($20,000 per year for 5 years), or as a bequest.

Q: How will Founder’s Circle members be recognized?

A: As an integral part of this historic moment, you will be recognized permanently in the lobby of the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center and in various USC publications. You will also receive invitations to private and special events.

Q: Will I get to know the students who are scholarship recipients?

A: As a member of the Founder’s Circle, you will receive information about your scholarship recipients and be invited to meet these students and see them perform as they progress through the program into dance leaders of tomorrow.