New Gift from the Masin Family Establishes Student Awards for Academic Excellence

September 23, 2014 — A new gift from the Masin Family Foundation will create the Masin Family Academic Excellence Awards to recognize and award outstanding achievement in particular subject-matter areas. The awards will be given to the highest performing students in competitive law school courses with a curve. The recipients will receive a certificate of achievement, a notation of the award on their transcripts and a cash prize.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Masin family and their ongoing commitment to promote academic excellence at UCLA School of Law,” Dean Rachel F. Moran said. “The new awards will spur our students to distinguish themselves and will ensure that UCLA Law continues to attract academically gifted students who go on to become global leaders and lawyers of distinction.”

This gift builds on the Masin family’s earlier commitment to recognizing the highest levels of academic attainment. In 2008, Michael T. Masin ’69, his wife Joanne and the Masin Family Foundation made a $6 million gift to the law school, which at the time was the largest commitment to UCLA Law by a living alumnus. The gift established the Michael T. Masin Scholars Program, which recognizes the 12 highest performing students after the first year of law school.

Michael Masin, a prominent business leader, began his career at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. After 25 years, he left the firm to join GTE Corporation and held progressively senior positions with GTE and its successor company, Verizon Communications. After GTE’s merger with Bell Atlantic, he became vice chairman and president of the combined company, Verizon Communications. Masin served on the Board of Directors of Citigroup, and in 2002, was elected vice chairman and chief operating officer of the company, a position he held until 2004, when he rejoined O’Melveny & Myers. He now devotes his time to several business ventures. At UCLA Law, he is currently a member of the Board of Advisors and the Centennial Campaign Cabinet. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy. The law school honored Masin in 2003 as Alumnus of the Year for Professional Achievement.