May 17, 2016

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Provides Initial Grant to The Riordan Programs

Gift will support the Riordan Scholars Program

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has partnered with The Riordan Programs in support of the Riordan Scholars Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. The award, the first given to the program from a sports-related foundation, focuses on helping traditionally underserved families, with a particular emphasis on underserved youth. As part of the partnership, Riordan Scholars will have an opportunity to learn about the business of baseball from leaders in the Dodgers’ organization and tour Dodger Stadium.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is pleased to help The Riordan Scholars Program provide college-bound students the necessary tools they need to succeed in both college and life beyond,” says Nichol Whiteman, executive director of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. “We look forward to augmenting the existing transformational experience, guiding these individuals to make significant contributions to our community in the future.”

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.

Applicants must complete three essays and submit an application and transcripts for the review process.

“We are honored that the first partnership with a sports foundation for The Riordan Programs is with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. This is another clear illustration of the Dodgers’ commitment to the betterment of the young people of the City of Los Angeles,” says Henry Brandon, The Riordan Programs’ advisory board member. “There is a long history of former UCLA student-athletes taking on defining roles within the Dodger organization, dating back to Jackie Robinson and continuing to current Manager Dave Roberts. We are excited about the possibilities the association of these great institutions opens up for the young people participating in our programs.”

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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 Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefiting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in underserved communities. Visit the Dodgers Foundation online at Visit the Dodgers online at,
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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 growing 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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