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Scholarship Stories


Making a Difference Today and Tomorrow

Scholarships serve a number of benefits, including allowing recipients to focus less on working their way through school and more on learning, and also help them worry less about graduating in debt. Learn how some of UCR's brightest students were given their opportunities for a first-class education thanks in part to a scholarship.

 Luis J. Lopez

Luis J. Lopez

An emigrant from Mexico, Luis J. Lopez will tell you that learning English as a child did not come easy, but by the 8th grade he had won his first scholarship and later went on to become Valedictorian of his high school. Fascinated by the thought of combining man and machine, Luis found bioengineering to be a natural choice of study, as he one day hopes to create prostheses. Ultimately, he wants to make a difference at UCR and in the world. And he’s well on his way. As recipient of the Alexander Scott Bilderback Endowed Bioengineering Scholarship for 2013-2014, he has help paying for textbooks and class materials so he can focus on his coursework and achieving the success he says he knows is just around the corner.


 Sang Nguyen

Sang Nguyen

What better place for an aspiring doctor-scientist than a highly regarded research university that just opened a medical school? It’s no coincidence that Sang Nguyen finds himself at UC Riverside; since childhood he has devoted himself to combining his interests to pursue an MD-PhD program.

Before emigrating from Vietnam, Sang’s mother was a geology professor whose research focused on identifying sources of groundwater contamination. Following in his mother’s footsteps, Sang hopes to improve healthcare for future generations and is already contributing to the greater good. The recipient of the Rosemary Schraer Endowed Memorial Scholarship for 2013-2014, the generous support Sang has received allows him to keep focused on his dream of becoming a scientist in the medical field, including attendance at the Southern California Undergraduate Research conference where he shared his research with colleagues.


 Jason Yuen

Jason Yuen

The impact of the LAMBDA Scholarship that Jason Yuen received at UCR reaches far and wide. Assisting him with the cost of tuition, books and housing as he pursues his degree in Business Administration, the scholarship has also made it possible for him to help others. Jason dedicates time to his co-ed community service fraternity, works as an unpaid intern for Together We Rise, a non-profit organization that helps youth in the foster care system, and has volunteered for several LGBT initiatives and programs. He is grateful for the scholarship which will not only help him to graduate, but has also enabled him to make the world around him a better place.


Keeping the Dream in Reach

Ready to make a difference in the life of a young person? Learn more about scholarships and fellowships at UCR.

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