In a moving ceremony April 17 in Southeastern San Diego, Chancellor Pradeep Khosla announced a new UC San Diego scholarship for local students at Gompers Preparatory Academy, Lincoln High School and The Preuss School UCSD. As his blog described it, “The Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship program will provide the eligible graduates, who’ve been accepted to UC San Diego, with a four-year, $10,000 annual scholarship and their tuition will be covered by the University’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan.”
“This is a game changer,” said Gompers Preparatory Academy Director Vince Riveroll as the audience of students, parents, teachers, and UCSD staff cheered. “This has changed the game for public education in our community.”
Lincoln High School Lead Principal Esther Omogbehin noted, “Our students will excel at UCSD and do us proud; they are diamonds in the rough. Thank you for lifting one of the barriers to higher education.” Preuss principal Scott Barton said of his school’s 10 graduating classes, “we’ve been sending them all over the country when the majority could stay right here in San Diego. They will graduate from here and transform this community.”
“You can’t ever give this [scholarship] back to me,” the Chancellor told the students in closing, “but you can give it back to society when you do this for someone after you.” He said his plan was to expand the scholarship program over time.