Oxford benefits from Led Zeppelin’s comeback concert

Oxford University has been given one of its biggest ever donations after £26 million (US$41 million) was handed over to create scholarships for humanities students – with help from Led Zeppelin’s comeback concert, writes Richard Harley-Parkinson for the Mail Online.

The donation made by Mica Ertegun, widow of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, is understood to be one of the largest in Oxford’s 900-year history. It will be used to set up the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities. The scheme will see students worldwide compete for an award to study subjects including literature, history, music, art history, Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies and archaeology.

As founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun was responsible for helping to shape the careers of musicians such as Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

At an event announcing the donation, it was revealed that Led Zeppelin’s 2007 comeback concert at the 02 in Greenwich, London, had helped lead to the creation of the Ertegun Scholarships.
Full report on the Daily Mail site