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UCR Announces First Inland Empire Achievement Scholarship Winners

UCR Announces First Inland Empire Achievement Scholarship Winners

After the caps fly, devotion to community service pays off in scholarships

(June 10, 2009)

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Graduation season means scholarship season

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( –- In the season of graduation, the University of California, Riverside is announcing the names of the four inaugural recipients of a new scholarship program for Inland Empire students who not only earn good grades, but have demonstrated a commitment to community service.

They are incoming freshmen: Calypso Bree Rees of Rancho Cucamonga, from Alta Loma High School; and Yasmin Nour Abdi of Riverside, from North High School. Also two transfer students from Riverside Community College have been recognized: Hallie Renee Young and Olivia Marie Lopez, both of Riverside.

"They all have a stellar commitment in terms of community service and highly focused academic goals," said LaRae Lundgren, assistant vice chancellor in student affairs at UCR.

She said all four students have been notified of their awards, and all four have submitted their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) for Fall 2009.

The Inland Empire Achievement Scholarship Program will offer a $2,500 annual scholarship to two local high school students and two local community college students who have excelled academically at the same time as they have offered some kind of service to their communities.

“Our goal is to encourage outstanding students from the Inland Empire to remain in the area after they graduate,” said Timothy P. White, UCR chancellor. “I’m grateful to my predecessor, Robert Grey, for shepherding this effort to reward area students for their hard work.”

The chancellor said the idea for the scholarship stemmed from discussions with the Educational Leadership Federation (ELF) of Riverside & San Bernardino Counties, a partnership between UCR and education and business leaders in the surrounding area, including the Community Foundation. White said he was still hopeful that more such pipelines would be built for young people in the area.

The scholarships will begin for Fall, 2009 and are renewable for up to four years for high school students and two years for transfer students. In order to be considered, applicants must be enrolled as a senior at a high school in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties and be admitted to UCR. Candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 3.65 in UC-required courses and demonstrated service to the local community. Recipients must achieve a 3.0 grade point average while enrolled at UCR to renew the scholarship for the remaining 3 years.

Community college applicants must be enrolled at a community college in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties and have a 3.3 grade point average, demonstrated community service, and an offer of admission from UCR. Recipients must achieve a 3.0 grade point average while enrolled at UCR to renew the scholarship for the second year.

Information about the scholarship program is available from Sheryl Hayes, director of the the UCR financial aide office. She can be reached at: or (951) 827-3878.

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