Help South Los Angeles residents

build a more secure future with the

COVID Retraining & Recovery (CORE) Fund

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Tashanay S.

South Los Angeles Resident

“My hope for the future is getting a better job, making sure my son is taken care of, and going back to school.”

Many South LA families were already economically vulnerable before the pandemic. But furloughs, reductions in wages and hours, and lack of access to educational resources for their children has increased their financial and emotional strain. Many are now at risk of slipping from poverty to extreme poverty or homelessness.

To respond to these challenges, the COVID Retraining & Recovery (CORE) Fund—an educational and career building initiative—was launched by these founding sponsors:


Ashley and Marc Merrill

(Founders of Lunya and Riot Games)

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CORE will offer scholarships to South LA residents furloughed/laid-off due to COVID-19 to enable them to retrain in careers that are likely to be in high demand in a post-COVID economy, particularly in the healthcare and technology fields.

Our vision is to inspire our residents and neighbors with a commitment to their long-term health and economic security through scholarships and career development.

CORE will partner with local and national educational institutions, as well as workforce development organizations, to help ensure students commit and complete recertification programs paired with job placement and technical assistance services.

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In collaboration with


Below are examples of program categories that may be eligible to receive funding from CORE. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to select among these options:

  • Computer Information Systems

  • Health Information Technology

  • Data Science

  • Biotechnology

  • Medical Assistant

  • Patient Advocacy

  • Health Care Administration

  • Pharmacy Technician

At this time, CORE applications are closed. Thank you for your interest.

We are excited to share the story of our first CORE Scholarship applicant and recipient, Trena Murphy. For Trena, CORE represents more than just an opportunity for her dream of becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse to be realized—it is the opening of a door to a better life for her and her children.

For more information, visit our FAQ page.


If you would like to be a part of this effort, please contact

Assistant Director of Social Impact, Daniel Rosove,

Sponsors of CORE:

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Caleb and Ryan Kramer

Steve Denning

Sage Foundation

Jimmy Iovine

Interscope Records