LOS ANGELES (CNS) —  A $2 million donation to the Cal State Northridge film department will pay for film equipment and scholarships aimed at increasing diversity in the film industry, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Wednesday, Jan. 6t.

The gift to the Department of Cinema and Television Arts — the largest amount the association has given to the school — will be used in a scholarship program for underrepresented students who will also be receiving mentorship from professionals and faculty.

The donation will also help the department buy and maintain film and television equipment.

“We believe that by empowering the filmmakers of tomorrow, we can ensure that our industry is left in good hands,” HFPA President Lorenzo Soria said. “We hope that these gifts will open doors that otherwise wouldn’t have been there in the first place.”

CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison said the donation “greatly expands opportunities for even more talented filmmakers to find their voice.”

Prior to the $2 million donation, the HFPA had given almost $1 million to the school for equipment and student film projects. The association’s first gift to the school was a $500 donation in 1996.