Sumner Redstone donates to alma maters

Harvard, Boston Latin School receive $1.5 million total

NEW YORK -- Viacom and CBS Corp. chairman and controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone has donated $1.5 million to schools he attended.

Harvard University on Friday unveiled a $1 million contribution from Redstone to be used for scholarships and fellowships by Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

The former will establish scholarships for 20 Redstone Scholars to attend Harvard College for the 2010-2011 academic year. The later will use funds for 10 post-graduate public service fellowships for students displaying the spirit of service shown by John F. Kennedy, it said.

Also Friday, Boston Latin School, the first public school and the oldest school in the U.S., announced that it has received a contribution of $500,000 from Boston native Redstone. The school, which celebrates its 375th anniversary, will use the funds for investments in technology and educational materials, plus the installation of a sustainable roofscape learning lab (Green Roof).

"The school has had an enormous impact on my own life, and I know that the faculty and the administration continue that tradition today," Redstone said.

About his Harvard gift, he said: "Harvard's longstanding commitment to leadership through enlightenment and engagement provides an outstanding foundation for the next generation of leaders for the U.S. and around the world."