Meryl Streep, who is speaking at UMass Lowell on Feb. 5, is establishing two scholarship funds for the university.COURTESY PHOTO Sun staff photos can be
Meryl Streep, who is speaking at UMass Lowell on Feb. 5, is establishing two scholarship funds for the university. COURTESY PHOTO

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LOWELL -- As anticipation builds for Academy Award winner Meryl Streep's visit to UMass Lowell in two weeks, the university announced Wednesday that she is also establishing two scholarship funds for UMass Lowell.

The Meryl Streep Endowed Scholarship Fund will assist outstanding UMass Lowell English majors, and the Joan Hertzberg Endowed Scholarship will support students who excel in math.

Scholarships will be endowed with all net proceeds from her Feb. 5 appearance at the Tsongas Center.

"A Conversation with Meryl Streep" will feature the legendary actress discussing her career, which has spanned five decades and more than 100 roles. She will be accompanied by best-selling author Andre Dubus III, a faculty member in UMass Lowell's English Department.

Streep, who holds the record for most Academy Award and Golden Globe Award acting nominations, is also expected to take questions from the audience.

Her appearance, co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell English Department's Theatre Arts Program and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is the second in the Chancellor's Speaker Series. The first event in the series featured author Stephen King and raised about $100,000 for a new scholarship fund that King established for UMass Lowell students.

Streep's appearance is expected to raise more than $100,000 for her two scholarship funds.

A limited number of tickets remain for this event and sponsorships, which include a reception with Streep, are available.


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For more information on sponsorships, visit www.uml.edu/streep.

Tickets may be purchased through the Tsongas Center box office by visiting www.tsongascenter.com, or by calling 866-722-8780.

Admission to the event is free for UMass Lowell students with a valid ID who obtain tickets in advance and in person at the Tsongas Center box office.

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