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, Riordan Scholars learn the skills and information needed to be admitted to a top university and stay on the path towards a successful career. The program consists of:

  • Guest lectures from top leaders in corporate and academic communities, along with MBA-level courses taught by UCLA Anderson faculty
  • Mentorship by current UCLA Anderson MBA students
  • Stock Market Analyst Competition and Real Estate Competition
  • SAT prep workshops
  • Personalized College Action Plan counseling
  • Professional development workshops, including resume writing, interviewing techniques and public speaking training
  • Site visits to companies such as Goldman Sachs, Disney and Airbnb.

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

We are currently receiving applications for our 2019-2020 cohort. The Riordan Scholars Program uses an online application process and application decisions will be sent via email. Please submit all required information prior to the June 7, 2019 application deadline.

Application Requirements

Deadline: June 7, 2019       Program Dates: September 2019–May 2020
Decisions: August 16, 2019

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.

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 must be in between 400-600 words 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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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 their family to attend college

Program Details


Program Schedule

2019–2020 Tentative Session Dates

Session Schedule
Orientation – September 14, 2019
Session 1 – October 12, 2019
Session 2 – November 9, 2019
Session 3 – December 14, 2019
Session 4 – January 25, 2020
Session 5 – February 15, 2020
Session 6 – March 21, 2020
Session 7 – April 18, 2020
Session 8 – May 2, 2020
SAT Prep Schedule
SAT Practice Test 1 – September 28, 2019
SAT Bootcamp 1 – November 16, 2019
SAT Practice 2 - December 7, 2019
SAT Bootcamp 2 – February 1, 2020
SAT Practice Test 3 – April 4, 2020

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


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.


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.


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.


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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 2019–2020 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.