Stephen Colbert and his wife fund new arts awards at UVA

Thanks in part to a gift from Evelyn McGee Colbert and her husband Stephen—you know the one—between 15 and 20 students will be eligible for an expanded Arts Scholars Program at UVA. Plus, over the next three years, a small number of students with demonstrated talent in studio art, drama, dance or music will be eligible for funding through the new Colbert Arts Scholars Awards. Lucky!

McGee Colbert, who graduated from UVA in 1985 with a double-major in Drama and English, said in a UVA release that many who aspire to be artists end up teaching art. To make a career in the arts, she said, "You need a strong degree. You want to have strong liberal arts background."

Stephen Colbert said in the release, "Evie and I are so happy that we can encourage students to make the arts a significant part of their curriculum, a tradition at U.Va. that we hope our gift will continue and strengthen."

And now for something funnier. (Read the UVA release here.)


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