June 07, 2016

AT&T Foundation Provides $100,000 Grant to The Riordan Programs

Gift will support the Riordan Scholars Program and Riordan Saturday Business Institute

LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2016) – The Riordan Programs has received a $100,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation as part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T's signature philanthropic initiative to promote student success in school and beyond. The gift will support the Riordan Scholars Program and Riordan Saturday Business Institute at UCLA Anderson School of Management, which provides underserved high school students with college and business exposure and creates a pipeline to the Riordan Scholars Program.

“The AT&T Foundation is proud to support The Riordan Scholars Program to help empower students to reach their highest potential in college, in the workforce and in life,” said Nicole Anderson, AVP, Social Innovation and President of the AT&T Foundation. “Through AT&T Aspire, we are investing in students, technology and social innovations to create a capable and diverse workforce that will thrive in our communities and the 21st century economy.”

The Riordan Scholars Program targets incoming 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who are college-bound and interested in developing the necessary leadership skills to succeed in college and business. Some 75 high school students participate annually in the Scholars Program, one of three core Riordan Programs. The tuition-free program offers intensive college preparation, SAT instruction, one-on-one mentoring and an understanding of university life and financial literacy through a six-month stock market competition. It also introduces students to career opportunities in business. To date, the Riordan Scholars Program boasts a 100 percent university attendance rate.

Riordan Scholar applicants must complete three essays and submit an application and transcripts for the review process. The Riordan Programs’ Saturday Business Institute (SBI) is a school site-based program modeled after The Riordan Scholars program. The Institute’s initiatives are designed to provide college and business exposure to 9th and 10th graders and to create a pipeline to our Riordan Scholars Program. The program includes: four Saturday sessions at the school site; college action plan and financial aid counseling; professional development workshops including essay writing, resume writing, interviewing techniques, public speaking; career exploration workshops; and business action plan counseling.

“DIRECTV, now a part of the AT&T family, has long supported the Riordan Programs and its critical mission,” says T. Warren Jackson, Esq., retired AT&T executive and Riordan Advisory Board member. “These legacy companies support and encourage employees' commitment to their communities, and my volunteer service has provided the opportunity for deserving students to gain career knowledge and fulfill their potential. I'm proud and delighted that AT&T is continuing to provide real and lasting change in Los Angeles through this AT&T Foundation grant.”

For more information on The Riordan Programs, visit: anderson.ucla.edu/programs-and-outreach/riordan

About The Riordan Programs

Founded in 1987, The Riordan Programs is a pioneering career-based outreach program that motivates high school students, college students and recent college graduates from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities to consider and prepare for careers in management through education, mentorship and professional development. The Riordan Programs has since been recognized as the defining model for such programs.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson’s MBA, Fully Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school’s Think In The Next ethos. Here some 1,800 students annually are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow.

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