June 02, 2008

Riordan Programs GraduationLOS ANGELES - The Riordan Programs completed another successful year on Saturday, May 24th, with the graduation of all its programs - Scholars, Healthcare Management, and Fellows Programs.

The Scholars Program has 30 senior high school students going to many outstanding colleges and universities across the US. Four students were recipients of Bill Gate's Millennium Scholarship award that provides substantial funding to offset the rising prices of college tuition. The underclassmen enrolled in the Scholars Program had the opportunity to apply for free SAT preparation courses provided by Revolution Prep - a new partner of The Riordan Programs.  And beginning next year, new partnerships with organizations like LA Alliance for College Ready High Schools and the Inner City Education Foundation will expand the network of participants for our Scholars Program in the coming years.

The Healthcare Management Program enjoyed a fantastic start and finished strong. In completing its first full year, the program featured site visits to Cedars-Sinai, Northridge, St. John’s, and the newly built Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to expose program participants to the nation’s best healthcare facilities. Executive speakers, academic and career counseling, Harvard case study discussions, and graduate school mentors are but a few of the many benefits provided this past year.

Participants in the Fellows Program really embraced the notion of "setting the bar" and at the same time, giving back. The 2008 class shattered the previous record of fundraising by collecting over $50K in donations to support scholarships and college admissions activities for participants in the Scholars Program. "As a class, we believed it was our duty to minimize the barriers the younger generation typically face when applying to college. We know the students and their families can definitely use the money, especially given today's economic climate," said Toriana Peete, Class Finance Director.

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 under-served 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. Overall, The Riordan Programs has accomplished many of its goals. The organization expanded its academic and professional network, created more opportunities for its participants, and connected the business community with the leaders of tomorrow.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "Intellectual Capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Furthermore, the finance faculty is ranked #1 in research publications in the four leading peer-reviewed journals by the Financial Management Association. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs.  Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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