Scholarships are a beacon of hope
In 1991, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, in cooperation with over 20 community arts groups, established the Community Access Scholarship Program. The goal of the Program is to work in partnership with community arts organizations to provide scholarships to aspiring writers from diverse backgrounds and cultures who might otherwise not have the opportunity to develop their craft in a supportive classroom setting.
“I felt supported during the process of reworking my novel and learned to trust my voice as a writer. I am forever grateful to the Community Access Scholarship Program and to the instructors who helped me grow.”
—Jenoyne Adams, author of Resurrecting Mingus and Seleh's Bed.
Innovation Fund Allows Extension to Develop New Academic and Public Programs
Contributions to the Innovation Fund support the most pressing needs and special projects—such as the creation of new programs—at the Dean’s discretion. In recent years, contributions have been used to launch new environmental sustainability initiatives, fund college preparatory courses for high school students from underrepresented backgrounds who are preparing for college, and seed feasibility studies for new academic programs.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCLA
In 2008 the Bernard Osher Foundation awarded UCLA Extension a $1 million endowment gift to expand the activities of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCLA. Designed to offer further educational options for students age 50 and up, Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes are found on the campuses of 121 colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska. Through support from the Foundation, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCLA has grown to over 750 members and offers more than 50 enriching and stimulating community service courses and citizen outreach events each year on campus.
“Being a part of this exciting program has been an exceptionally enriching and rewarding experience for me. I consider it a privilege to express my appreciation in this way for the university which has done so much for me".
—Earl Schub, a dedicated and cherished Osher instructor, member, and 2008-2009 Artist-in-Residence.
Pathway: Opening the Doors to Post-secondary Education for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Pathway at UCLA Extension is a unique two year academic program that combines course studies with social and recreational opportunities for young adults with intellectual disabilities. A first-of-its-kind initiative on the West Coast, Pathway seeks to help students live fulfilling, independent lives and to heighten awareness of the potential of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
“Pathway has already helped me learn to set goals and plan my activities.”
—Grant Sorrell, student. After Pathway, Grant wants to move on to college and become an animator.