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Riordan Programs: Making Higher Education Accessible

Raised toward our $30,000 Goal
63 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on January 01, at 12:05 AM PST
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Riordan Programs: Making Higher Education Accessible

Who are we?




Since 1987, the Riordan Programs have transformed the educational and professional aspirations of high school students, college students, and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in underserved communities. 


The organization was founded by Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles, and William Ouchi, UCLA Distinguished Professor and New York Times best-selling author, as a career-based outreach program for high school and college students in the Los Angeles area without proper access to the education and training needed for professional success. Through vital partnerships and sponsorships, more than 3,500 Riordan Scholars have graduated from the program, many moving on to study at the nation’s top universities, secure positions at elite companies, and become local community and business leaders. Through our 30 year history, 100% of Riordan Scholars attend institutions of higher education, and 96% of our Scholars graduate from college. Almost half our Scholars have entered a university ranked in the top 30 in the country.


The Riordan Programs’ success is owed in no small part to the mentoring integral to each program. The mentors are our own UCLA Anderson MBA students, who have a strong desire to give back  and are the lifeblood of a top 15 business school. The cross-cultural element creates meaningful learning experiences, not only for the Riordan Programs participants but also for their mentors. 


The Riordan Programs take pride in having 100% of our Scholars go on to a four-year university after high school. Your donation could be a part of helping many of these students pursue their dream of obtaining a higher education. 


What are we asking for: 



As a Riordan Programs' supporter, you will be making an important contribution to some of the following initiatives:

  • Funding college scholarships for high school seniors

  • Fellowships for program participants entering graduate school

  • Supporting participant activities, such as the Riordan Scholars Program’s Stock Market Analyst Competition, Northern California College Tour, and the Real Estate Competition

  • Providing enhanced alumni resources and events

  • Supporting the College to Career Program for undergraduates


Why is your donation important? 



Two out of the three Riordan core programs are offered tuition-free. Our students come from historically low-income communities and are often the first in their families to graduate from high school and go to college. By offering tuition-free college preparatory programs based at UCLA Anderson, the Riordan Programs are leveling the playing field for deserving, high achieving youth, who would not have access to this type of prestigious opportunity otherwise.


Through this crowdfunding campaign, we aim to make the Riordan Scholars Program tuition free for every student. 


Each year the Riordan Programs depend on donations to make our Scholars sessions possible. With your generous donation, you will be helping the Riordan Programs cover expenses for print materials, food, student transportation, and other program-related needs. Your donation also will support our annual Northern California College trip, where participating high school seniors visit campuses like UC Berkeley and Stanford, and meet with Riordan Program alumni at their corporate work sites, including Google and Pandora.


Our way
of Thanking You


#1 Fan

Thank you for your donation!

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$25 will keep a Scholar fully equipped for a one day Saturday session, including school materials and a snack.

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Your gift is a celebration of our 30 year history of serving underrepresented youth!

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Community Hero

We are so grateful for your commitment to the Riordan Scholars Program! To show our gratitude, you will receive a shout out on our Riordan Programs Facebook page.

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The Advocate

Expect to hear from us, because you're going to receive a thank you from the Executive Director of the Riordan Scholars Program!

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Friend of Riordan

Your $250 donation will provide breakfast for 75 Riordan Scholars before one of their Saturday sessions. To thank you, we will send you an Anderson School of Management bookmark! (A tax-deductible donation of $247)

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Riordan Scholars Champion

Your gift of $500 will pay for chartered bus transportation for Riordan Scholars to and from UCLA for one Saturday session. To thank you, we will send you an Anderson School of Management keychain. (A tax deductible donation of $495)

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The Mentor

Your $1,000 gift will support SAT Prep courses for one year. Riordan Scholars receive SAT books and workbooks to help them study for their upcoming SAT exams. To show our appreciation, you may choose to receive a water bottle, hat, or shirt and express your Riordan Programs pride! (A tax deductible donation of $985)

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The Stock Market Judge

Your gift of $2,500 will support chartered bus transportation for Riordan Scholars participating in our Northern California College tour and corporate site visits. We are grateful for your support and would like to offer you the opportunity to serve as a judge for our Stock Market Analyst Competition in April 2018.

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The Executive Adviser

Your $5,000 gift will help provide college scholarships for our top Riordan Scholars Program graduates. For your generous donation, you will receive special acknowledgment at our annual Stock Market Competition and graduation ceremony. You also will receive a special thank you card from one of our scholarship recipients.

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