Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox to Provide Keynote Address for Achieve UC at North H.S.

The October 24 event highlights the University of California’s commitment to providing accessible higher education to California students

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University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox is pictured here speaking with students from Centennial High School in Corona in 2013.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The message that a University of California education is attainable and affordable will be presented by UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox to students at Riverside’s John W. North High School during the third-annual Achieve UC event on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

Wilcox will deliver the keynote address to 300 UC-eligible 12th graders, as well as teachers, administrators and local elected officials, during an assembly in the North H.S. theater beginning at 10 a.m.

“Being located so close to UCR, J.W. North High School is part of our extended campus community,” Wilcox said. “I am looking forward to visiting with the students, teachers and staff and delivering the message that a UC education is within reach.”

The Achieve UC program was the first coordinated effort to connect high school students from historically underserved communities with leaders from each of the 10 UC campuses. The program’s message that a UC education is possible has resulted in a 30% increase in the number of students applying to UC from the participating high schools.

UCR has previously visited Corona’s Centennial High School in 2013 and Perris High School in 2012.

“High achieving students in historically underserved communities often don’t realize they can afford or get into a four-year college, especially a top-tier university like UC,” said Yvette Gullatt, UC assistant vice provost and executive director of education partnerships.

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Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox speaks with students from Corona’s Centennial HS during the 2013 Achieve UC event.

After Wilcox and other senior leaders provide the aspirational message, admissions counselors from UC Riverside will host a workshop for 12th grade students that will focus on the UC application process, provide tips on writing the personal statement, as well as information on housing, and the availability of financial aid and scholarships.

“Many high school students and their families are not aware of the many financial resources available to them,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Sandoval. “For example, the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan covers the full cost of tuition for families whose household income is $80,000 or less. Thanks to this program, as well as other grants and scholarships, more than half of our students pay zero tuition.”

This year, the program is expected to reach as many as 30,000 students across the state.

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