As UCLA continues to celebrate its hundredth year, it can mark yet another milestone: The Centennial Campaign has surpassed $5 billion with a few months left to go. Why are we still going? Because Bruins of all backgrounds aspire to change the world — and generous gifts provide the education and encouragement to make it happen.
A Student on a Mission
Motivated students aren’t waiting until they graduate. While pursuing a degree in psychology, Amber Barnes ’20 is a leader for BruinCorps, a group that tutors K–12 students at 22 Los Angeles-area schools. Overseeing and mentoring 25 tutors at schools throughout the region, Barnes helps close the academic gap for disadvantaged youth and serves as an example of what they can achieve when it comes to their own college dreams. She even helps plan an annual celebration where youngsters attend workshops and activities at UCLA.
The Significance of Scholarships
Barnes’ work would not have been possible without the help of philanthropy. A recipient of the Rex Simpson Memorial Scholarship, Barnes says, “This scholarship has enabled me to make the most of my UCLA experience and truly grow as an individual. Before, I was pressured to graduate early and rush through classes to avoid accepting more loans. With this scholarship, I am able to explore my interests and aspirations and take leadership positions in student organizations that change lives.”
A Promising Future
Thanks to her exploration of classes and engagement in the community, Barnes has a clear vision for what’s next. Her sights are set on a doctoral degree in clinical psychology focused on elementary school-aged children, leading to her own therapy practice serving young people in urban communities.
Providing scholarship support goes beyond numbers — even one as large as $5 billion — and makes brighter futures possible for students who already are changing the world.
Published September 2019