Meryl Streep to Establish College Scholarship Funds

Meryl Streep

The August: Osage County matriarch dons an all-black outfit on the crimson carpet.

The "August: Osage County" actress will create two student awards at UMass Lowell.

Meryl Streep may not have played the most affectionate mother in August: Osage County, but the actress will establish two college scholarships for students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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Streep will visit the Massachusetts campus Feb. 5 to chat with author Andre Dubus III, a faculty member in UMass Lowell’s English Department, as part of the university's Chancellor’s Speaker Series. The scholarships will be endowed with all net proceeds from the discussion, to be held at UMass Lowell's Tsongas Center. The event is expected to raise more than $100,000.

The actress will establish the Meryl Streep Endowed Scholarship Fund to benefit English majors, as well as the Joan Hertzberg Endowed Scholarship to support students who excel in math, as Hertzberg did.

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Joan Hertzberg was a classmate of Streep's at Vassar College who transferred to Williams College, where she was the valedictorian of the college’s first graduating class that included women. Hertzberg, who earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, had a successful career as a therapist, author and teacher in the San Francisco area before her death in 2013.

Streep's UMass Lowell appearance follows that of author Stephen King, which raised approximately $100,000 for a new scholarship fund he established.

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