Riordan Scholars

 

As a Riordan Scholar, you will prepare to enter a top-tier university and find a clear path to leadership success.

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The Riordan Scholars Program left an indelible mark on my life, exposing me to the importance of strategically preparing for success, relationship building and launching my brand. These foundational skills have had a profound impact on my life. The program exposed me to the stock market as a sophomore in high school, which fundamentally changed my life trajectory. My involvement since 2001 is largely a testament to how important the program was and continues to be for me.”

George Bahamondes
Vice President, Deutsche Bank
Riordan Scholar 2004

About Riordan Scholars

 

Over eight monthly Saturday sessions, you will learn the skills and information you need to be admitted to a first-class college and stay on the path to a successful career. The program consists of:

  • Special guest lectures by speakers from the corporate and academic communities, along with MBA-level courses taught by UCLA Anderson faculty
  • SAT prep workshops
  • Personalized College Action Plan counseling
  • Professional development workshops, including resume writing, interviewing techniques and public speaking training
  • Stock Market Analyst Competition and Real Estate Competition
  • Mentorship by current UCLA Anderson MBA students
  • Corporate site visits to companies such as Goldman Sachs, Warner Bros. and Toyota

Why Apply?

 

Will you be the first in your family to go to college? Do you see yourself as a future leader in business or in the community? Every year, we elevate our students to the places they feel they are meant to be. This is the vision of our founders: nothing short of a transformational program.

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Applying to Riordan Scholars

 
 

Application Period

The application period for the 2017–2018 academic year has closed. Applications for the 2018–2019 academic year will be available in December 2017.

Application Requirements

Online Application
Deadline: May 19, 2017       Program Dates: September 2017–May 2018
Decisions: August 25, 2017

Online Application

Complete the online application.

Copy of unofficial transcript(s)

Upload a copy of your unofficial transcript to the online application. Your application is considered incomplete without the transcript. You may also email your copy to Riordan.programs@anderson.ucla.edu or fax to (310) 267-0165.

Academic or community reference contact (1)

Submit contact information of one (1) teacher, counselor or community reference. Notify your listed reference that you have applied, as we may contact him or her directly.

2 required essays; 1 optional essay

Each essay may be up to four paragraphs long. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Riordan Programs and describe how the Riordan Scholars Program can benefit you in pursuing your long-term career and/or academic goals.

  • Essay 1: The Riordan Scholars Program seeks applicants with a range of academic interests, personal perspectives and life experiences. Describe your personal background and the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the Riordan Scholars Program.
  • Essay 2: Why are you interested in spending eight Saturdays as a participant in the Riordan Scholars Program? How can the program contribute to your future education and career goals?
  • Essay 3 (optional): Is there anything you would like us to know about you or your academic record that you have not had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in this application?
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Eligibility

Prior experience in or knowledge of business is not required. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a sophomore, junior or senior in high school by the start of the program
  • Have a strong academic record (“B” average or better)
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and active involvement at school and in the community
  • Must be the first generation in your family to attend college

Program Details

 
 

Program Schedule

2017–2018 Session Dates

Sessions Schedule
Orientation – September 16, 2017
Session 1 – October 21, 2017
Session 2 – November 11, 2017
Session 3 – December 16, 2017
Session 4 – January 20, 2018
Session 5 – February 17, 2018
Session 6 – March 17, 2018
Session 7 – April 21, 2018
Session 8 – May 5, 2018
SAT Prep Schedule
SAT Practice Test 1 – September 30, 2017
SAT Bootcamp 1 – November 18, 2017
SAT Bootcamp 2 – February 3, 2018
SAT Practice Test 2 – April 7, 2018

Session attendance is mandatory for all students. SAT test prep is mandatory for all 10th and 11th grade students. All dates are subject to change.

Cost

Participation in the Riordan Scholars Program is granted on a tuition-free basis to those who are admitted. Supplies and materials are provided during the monthly Saturday sessions (September–May), along with continental breakfast and lunch.

Transportation

While transportation to the monthly Saturday sessions at UCLA will be provided from selected schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District, alternative methods of transportation are encouraged. Choices include: being dropped off at the UCLA Anderson campus; carpooling with other Scholars; and taking public transportation. Bus tokens and parking will be provided on a case-by-case basis, and prior notice is required.

Responsibilities

Admitted Riordan Scholars are required to attend all monthly Saturday sessions and all SAT test preparation. Riordan Scholars are expected to exhibit a professional demeanor and actively participate in all session discussions, workshops and activities. Respect toward fellow Scholars, programming staff, mentors and session guests, including faculty members, professional speakers and volunteers, is obligatory. Appropriate attire is required at all Riordan Programs functions.

Questions?

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Application Information

For more information about applying to the program, please review our website and the FAQ section.

Refer a Student

We are now accepting student referrals for the 2018–2019 program year.  Refer a student HERE.

Referrals are NOT nominations. They are NOT REQUIRED for a student to apply!  Your referral allows us to reach potential applicants directly. We will send them helpful information such as deadline reminders and general tips and updates to aid them with the Riordan Scholars application.