Maury has supported the Writers House generously for many years. His first gift permanently endowed a Journalist-in-Residence position in the Creative Writing Program (a position that has been held by Dick Polman since its inception). His second gift, establishing the Povich Journalism Series, permanently endowed the seminars, workshops, and talks featuring working journalists at the Writers House. His third gift permanently endowed the RealArts Prize fund, which will always and forever support students who have found writing- or arts-related summer internships that are unpaid or underpaid and who apply for support available through this fund. At the same time, five years ago, Maury funded the Writers House Summer Workshop for Young Writers with annual gifts through its first years—a project, led by Jamie-Lee Josselyn, that has been so effective, its outreach so successful, that it has led to this new gift.
Maury Povich, whose father Shirley Povich was a legendarily progressive sports journalist and advocate of good writing for much of the 20th century, has been a member of the Kelly Writers House Board of Advisors nearly since the formation of that group. He has believed passionately in what we have done over the last 25 years to support writers and writing communities of all kinds, writers working in all genres—especially young writers whom he feels need a break to do their writing along with some timely support.