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Riordan Scholars Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management

Program Description

Our mission is to motivate high school and college students as well as recent college graduates from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds--often the first in their families to go to college--to consider and prepare for careers in management through education, mentorship, professional development and leadership training.

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.

Success Stories

"I've always wanted to experience situation in which I could further expand my perception of leadership and collaboration, and the Riordan Scholars Program did all this for me. The Riordan Program has provided me the knowledge needed for my future success and my personal development. Riordan has given me the chance to work with outstanding people with the bright minds. I'm so grateful for this opportunity!"

-Matthew Young, Morehouse College 2018

"Life as I know it is full of bridges. Each bridge is comprised of opportunities and relationships. They dictate they're own path that lead to additional opportunities. One of the most valuable bridges I've approached involved my selection and participation in the UCLA Riordan Scholars Program. I believe that each contribution and effort I've made and continue to make as a scholar will position me to construct my future and provide me with the courage to build future bridges to cross dams that life will present me."

-Alondra Lizardi, University of California, Irvine 2018

"I have been in the Riordan Scholars Program for two years, and I can honestly say I have learned information that will actually benefit my future. This is one of the few programs that will give you information to succeed in the real world. It is fun, interactive, and informative all while creating a safe comfortable atmosphere to engage in."

-Geraldine Carreon, University of California, Los Angeles 2018

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 53%
  • African American: 44%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 70
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Arizona State University-Tempe (1)
  • Bucknell University (1)
  • California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (1)
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills (1)
  • California State University-Long Beach (1)
  • California State University-Los Angeles (1)
  • California State University-Northridge (1)
  • Clark Atlanta University (1)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (1)
  • Fisk University (1)
  • Georgetown University (1)
  • Howard University (1)
  • Kalamazoo College (1)
  • Lehigh University (1)
  • Loyola Marymount University (3)
  • Marymount California University (2)
  • Middlebury College (1)
  • Morehouse College (1)
  • Northwestern University (1)
  • Saint Edward's University (1)
  • Saint Mary's College of California (1)
  • San Francisco State University (1)
  • Santa Clara University (1)
  • Stanford University (1)
  • University of Arizona (1)
  • University of California-Berkeley (2)
  • University of California-Davis (1)
  • University of California-Irvine (6)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (10)
  • University of California-San Diego (1)
  • University of California-Santa Barbara (3)
  • University of California-Santa Cruz (2)
  • University of La Verne (1)
  • University of Pennsylvania (1)
  • University of Southern California (4)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (1)
  • Wake Forest University (1)
  • Woodbury University (1)
  • Yale University (1)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%