On the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures, studio employees and a handful of dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 1, 2012 to salute Sumner Redstone ’47, the 89-year-old executive chairman of Viacom Inc., parent company of Paramount. The occasion included the naming of a major building on the Paramount lot after Redstone.
In 2010, Redstone donated $1 million to be used by Harvard College and Harvard Law School to establish scholarships for 30 students committed to public service. The Redstone Fellowships at Harvard Law School supported 10 students pursuing post-graduate public service work. His gift came on the heels of the establishment of several public service related programs at HLS, inlcuding a Public Service Venture Fund, which sets aside $1 million in grants every year to help students pursue careers in public service.