UC Riverside has been awarded a $1 million grant to be used to help students on a limited income who are also the first person in their family to attend college.
The five-year grant comes from the Kessler Scholars Collaborative, which was started in 2008 at the University of Michigan, according to a statement on the UC Riverside website.
That program provides a qualified student four years of financial support and academic, professional, and personal support services.
UC Riverside will welcome its first class of 20 Kessler Scholars in the fall of 2023, said Thomas Dickson, assistant vice provost of Undergraduate Education.
“UCR will support first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority students, seeking to innovate methods to better help students to and through graduation, as well as engage in high-impact practices and activities for career readiness,” Dickson said in the statement.
During the five-year grant period – July 2022 to June 2027 – UC Riverside will devote at least 40 percent of the total grant, or $400,000, to direct student aid, according to the statement.