Catherine Zeta-Jones has established a new scholarship at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to support young talent from Wales and the US.
The scholarship was announced at a special gala event in New York held to honour Zeta-Jones, who has recently become a fellow of the Cardiff drama school, and in celebration of the institution’s 70th anniversary.
The Catherine Zeta-Jones Scholarship will be awarded for the first time this September, funded by a “very generous gift” from the Welsh actor, who said she wanted to support young talent “both from my home in Wales and my adopted country of the United States”.
RWCMD has more students from America than any other country outside the UK, and said it is committed to growing its association with the US through scholarships, cultural exchange and other partnerships.
The gala dinner, held on St David’s Day (March 1), helped raise further funding for new scholarships for Welsh and American students.
The college’s principal, Helena Gaunt, said: “We are extremely grateful to Catherine for the exceptional support she has given the college, which enables us to create a significant new scholarship in her name.
“Wales is a nation that punches above its weight in so many ways, and our college is a place where the future of music, theatre and all the creative industries is being shaped… This evening of celebration has been an opportunity for us to create an international exchange, bringing together our two cultures – Wales and the US – in mutual support of the arts and training the most talented young artists.”