Disney's Schumacher and Dean Schwartz honor donor Elizabeth Whitney
Alumna created full-ride Jeanne Michiko Kubota Scholarship at the Theater Film & Television School
Co-hosts Thomas Schumacher ’80, Producer and President of Disney Theatrical Group, and Dean Teri Schwartz were on hand April 7 to honor donor and alumna Elizabeth Kubota Whitney ’80 at New York's historic New Amsterdam Theater. >
The private reception acknowledged Whitney's generous $750,000 gift to The Jeanne Michiko Kubota Scholarship for the UCLA Department of Theater. >
The scholarship is named in honor of Whitney's sister, who passed away from colon cancer in 1992, the woman who made it possible for Whitney to pursue her theatrical dreams at TFT. The Jeanne Michiko Kubota Fund was first established at the UCLA Alumni Association.
Whitney says she wanted to create a scholarship that could make a significant difference in a student’s life, especially those suffering financially and having to put their dreams on hold. The endowment will fund the school’s first four-year, full-ride scholarship for a theater undergraduate student. >
Whitney pursued her love of theater at UCLA and had much success as an actress and singer in the 1980s. It was at UCLA where she met and became friends with Schumacher. Their friendship continues to this day, as does their commitment to theater. >
UCLA's continued support has helped propel the success and longevity of this scholarship, allowing hundreds of students to attend UCLA with a solid foundation to achieve their goals and reach for their dreams. >
Also in attendance were: Disney's Steven Fickinger, Ken and Alison Whitney, Tamara Keough, Stuart Marland, Peter Heller, Connie Hawkins, Gary and Carrie Fujino, Florence Kubota, Sara Beth Grossman, Marcia DeBonis, Alan Muraoka, Ashley Whitney, Mike Murphy, David and Nancy Schmidt, Ada Maris, Richard, Nancy and Lucy Whitney.