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Local AARP Supports Student Success with Scholarship

UC Merced offers a new scholarship to Merced County high school graduates, thanks to a $25,000 endowment from the local AARP chapter. 

The AARP Merced Chapter No. 282 Scholarship Endowed Fund supports undergraduate students at UC Merced who have at least a 3.5 GPA or higher, show financial need and who have supported community service projects. Each scholarship will be at least $1,000 per year.

Campus Ranks Among "Cool Schools" for Commitment to Sustainability

UC Merced has been ranked among the “Cool Schools” by the Sierra Club’s Sierra Magazine because of its commitment to sustainability.

The ranking, which was released this week, looked at more than 170 campuses around the country. UC Merced is ranked No. 51. All of the UC undergraduate campuses made the list, with UC Irvine ranking No. 1.

This year’s rankings for other UC campuses:

UC Merced's Blum Center Helping Californians Stay Engaged

On National Voter Registration Day, a new version of the California Report Card launched to engage the 30 percent of Californians who speak Spanish at home.

All content in this civic-engagement tool is now available in both English and Spanish, with rapid bilingual translation of textual input and a streamlined mobile interface, and the Spanish translation feature in Version 2.0 will be launched in collaboration with the Blum Center at the University of California, Merced.

Version 2.0 provides links to online voter registration and election resources.

UC Merced Workshop to Explore Bilingualism

UC Merced is hosting a bilingualism workshop that brings together scholars from psychology, linguistics, cognitive science and education.

The workshop begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 in the Dr. Lakireddy Auditorium with a keynote presentation by UC Berkeley Professor Lily Wong Fillmore on cultural diversity and teaching language-minority students. Fillmore will discuss what she sees as real issues stemming from a lack of attention to cultural diversity in our schools, and will offer suggestions both for school practice and for research.

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