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SCU alumnus and founder of Sega Gameworks starts fellowship in honor of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 4, 1999 – SCU alumnus Charles "Skip" Paul, ’75, and founder of Sega Gameworks is donating $50,000 over the next five years toward the creation of a fellowship at Santa Clara University in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Between 1975 and 1976, Paul was a clerk for Stevens, who was then a federal judge. When Stevens became a supreme court justice, Paul served as one of his first clerks.

The clerkship "taught me more than almost anything else I’ve ever done." said Paul. "Stevens is one of the most important characters in my ethical and moral makeup."

The fellowship is aimed at encouraging students to pursue public-interest summer jobs and careers. Paul hopes that a $5,000 scholarship will ease the pain of the decision to choose a low-paying public interest summer job over a higher paying corporate position. The scholarship will be awarded to two students each summer for the next five summers. In order to qualify, the students must have the excellent academics and be unique people who are committed to community activism. Paul also hopes the donation will be matched by other alumni to help the fellowship grow and endure beyond five years.

The scholarship was announced by SCU’s Center for Law and Public Service. The applications for the fellowships are due in February with the first two awards to be announced in March for the summer of 2000.

Paul began studying law at SCU until he was sidetracked working for Atari. He eventually founded Sega Gameworks with movie director Steven Spielberg. As chair and CEO of Gameworks, Paul has created restaurants and bars that feature theme-park-size rides -- such as simulated parachute jump.

For more information on the Stevens Fellowship, call SCU’s Center for Law and Public Service, at 408-554-5233.

Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher education in California, is a private Jesuit university with approximately 4,400 undergraduate and 3,300 graduate students. For the 10th consecutive year, SCU was ranked second among all regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

Home to the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, the University celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2001.


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