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

“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 the Riordan Scholars Program
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 toward a successful career. The program consists of:
  • Mentorship by current UCLA Anderson MBA students
  • Stock Market Analyst Competition and Real Estate Competition
  • SAT prep workshops
  • Guest lectures from top leaders in corporate and academic communities
  • Personalized College Action Plan counseling
  • College application and financial aid workshops
  • Leadership development seminars
  • Site visits to companies such as Goldman Sachs, Google 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. Our founders envisioned this program to be nothing short of transformational.

Applying to the Riordan Scholars Program
The 2022-2023 Riordan Scholars Program application is now live! The Riordan Scholars Program uses an online application process, and application decisions will be sent via email. All required information must be submitted prior to the June 17, 2022, application deadline.

Deadline: June 17, 2022
Program Dates: September 2022–May 2023
Decisions: August 10, 2022

Online Application

Complete the online application.


Upload a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) to the online application. Your application is considered incomplete without the transcript(s).


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


Each essay must be between 400 and 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.

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

  • Rising sophomore, junior or senior in high school by the start of the program (limited space avaialble for seniors)
  • Be the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and active involvement at school and in the community
  • Have a strong academic record (at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
Program Details

Program Schedule

2022–2023 Tentative Session Dates

Session Schedule
Orientation: September 17, 2022
Session 1: October 15, 2022
Session 2: November 12, 2022
Session 3: December 10, 2022
Session 4: January 21, 2023
Session 5: February 25, 2023
Session 6: March 18, 2023
Session 7: April 15, 2023
Session 8: May 2023
SAT Prep Schedule
SAT Practice Test 1: September 24, 2022
SAT Bootcamp 1: October 29, 2022
SAT Practice 2 - December 3, 2022
SAT Bootcamp 2: February 11, 2023
SAT Addtional Session: March 11, 2023
SAT Practice Test 3: April 1, 2023

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, and session format (online vs. in person) will be determined by Los Angeles County’s guidelines regarding in-person learning.


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 sessions (sophomores and juniors). 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 professional attire is required at all Riordan Programs functions.