- A new University of California, Berkeley, outreach program
is showing high-achieving Los Angeles public high school students
from disadvantaged backgrounds that Interstate 5 is not the
only road to UC Berkeley.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students who have
overcome significant challenges in their lives will participate
in the new program - the Incentive Awards Pre-collegiate Academy
- that provides them with intensive academic preparation,
leadership training, community service and the opportunity
for full scholarships to UC Berkeley.
is delighted to offer these outstanding students from LAUSD
an opportunity to realize their potential," said Genaro Padilla,
UC Berkeley vice chancellor for undergraduate affairs.
(May 22), several of these students will participate in a
press conference at the Mexican American Legal Defense and
Educational Fund offices in downtown Los Angeles. (See attached
note for details.) The press conference kicks off the community
service aspect of this joint outreach program of UC Berkeley
and the LAUSD.
UC Berkeley as a partner in providing academics, leadership,
and scholarship support for talented students in 20 of the
LAUSD high schools," said Ramon Cortines, the school district's
of the program is to prepare high school students for admission
to UC Berkeley.
of 1999, the 20 Los Angeles students completed an intensive,
six-week session at UC Berkeley. They now are preparing for
the new community service aspect of the program: internships
with various Los Angeles area organizations and institutions.
These groups include the Mexican American Legal Defense and
Educational Fund (MALDEF), Children's Hospital, the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Boys and Girls Clubs of
America, the Sierra Club, and the Shalom Institute Camp. Representatives
from these organizations, as well as UC Berkeley and LAUSD,
will participate in the press conference.
are admitted to UC Berkeley and enroll there as freshmen for
fall 2001 will receive a four-year undergraduate scholarship
Awards Pre-collegiate Academy for Los Angeles was established
by UC Berkeley in 1999 as an outreach program for socioeconomically
disadvantaged students who have shown exceptional commitment
to community service. The parents of many of these students
never attended college.
service work is a longstanding, valued tradition at UC Berkeley,
and numerous community outreach efforts have been underway
for decades in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Berkeley is reaching out to students and communities in the
Los Angeles area. Students from Southern California represent
about half of UC Berkeley's undergraduates. And more than
50,000 UC Berkeley alumni live in Los Angeles.
private seed funding from numerous individual donors, nearly
$4 million already has been committed to support scholarship
and program costs for the first three years and to launch
an endowment campaign in Los Angeles.
the Incentive Awards program to Los Angeles, UC Berkeley hopes
to make an education at the campus an attainable reality for
many more students from disadvantaged Los Angeles communities
who show great academic promise and leadership potential.
of one of these talented students is Luis Ochoa, a 16-year-old
junior at San Fernando High School. Each Saturday morning
this winter, Luis taught dozens of parents of students in
his high school how to use computers. Using the school's computer
lab, he designed the class, organized other student volunteers,
and served as lead instructor, teaching the class in both
English and Spanish.
all other program participants make a two-year commitment
to the program, which begins after their sophomore year in
high school and provides an experience that will enhance their
admissibility to UC Berkeley and other institutions of higher
first summer, the program's scholars benefit from an intensive
six-week academic program - the Residential Academy - at UC
Berkeley. Academic opportunities, public service, leadership
training and community building activities are important components
of their daily curriculum. In the second summer, scholars
participate in the public service internships, for which they
receive $1,000 stipends funded by the program's donors.
in the program take on extensive public service responsibilities,
returning to their high schools to serve as positive role
models for younger students and to be catalysts for change
in their communities. The Northern California Incentive Awards
Program, established in 1992 and funded by over $26 million
in private gifts from numerous individuals, foundations and
corporations, has had a great impact on its 38 Northern California
Press Conference Details
Monday, May 22
9:30 a.m. - Reception
10 a.m.- Press conference
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
634 South Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(at the corner of Sixth Street)
Available next to the MALDEF building
Genaro Padilla, UC Berkeley vice chancellor for undergraduate
affairs Ramon Cortines, interim superintendent of the Los
Angeles Unified School District Luis Ochoa, scholar from San
Fernando High School
represented at the press conference:
American Civil Liberties Union
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Shalom Institute Camp