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Alec Baldwin likes to balance his feuding with his do-gooding.
While embroiled in another feud with the New York Post (this time, over columnist Andrea Peyser‘s one-sided coverage of his alleged stalker), the 30 Rock actor has announced his donation of $1 million to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
This is second $1 million given by the Emmy-winning, tabloid-baiting Baldwin, a Tisch graduate, in support of the Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund and the Talent Identification Process (TIP). In 2009, he donated that sum upon the launch of TIP, a method through which the school recruits and supports young talents across the country whose financial circumstances might otherwise bar them from applying to Tisch.
“At a time when funds for higher education appear to be more difficult than ever to access, it’s my great pleasure to do what I can to bring the best possible candidates into the Tisch program, a program which I believe is the best in the country,” Baldwin said in a statement Thursday.
Candidates singled out through the program who are deemed “high performance and high need,” according to Tisch, are eligible for scholarships including Baldwin’s Scholarship Fund.
“Alec’s generous and transformative gift enables us to think about arts recruitment in the same way as a top athletic program scouts talent, providing scholarship support to the most exciting young voices, who will in turn become the next generation of leaders in their fields. His talent and generosity are examples for all of our students,” said Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell.
This spring, Baldwin will teach a drama class at Tisch. He will also complete his final year as neurotic exec Jack Donaghy on NBC’s 30 Rock, which has won him two Emmys, two Golden Globes and seven SAG awards.
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