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UC Merced welcomes record number of applicants
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The appeal of University of California Merced is undeniable as the campus received 22,632 applications for Fall 2016.

Not only was this year’s number of applications a personal record for UC Merced, the rate of growth is also the highest among all campuses in the UC system for the second consecutive year, as well as more than double the system-wide growth rate of 6.4 percent.

UC Merced received 19,683 applications from prospective first-year students, which is a 12 percent increase from last year and a nearly 30 percent increase from 2014. The University also received 2,949 transfer student applications, which is an increase of 27 percent compared with last year.

“We are excited to continue to witness record interest from those looking to attend our vibrant campus,” said Chancellor Dorothy Leland. “This sustained interest is the momentum we need as we move toward accomplishing our goals of the 2020 Project.”

In November, the UC Board of Regents approved the essential provisions of the 2020 Project, which will double physical capacity of the campus by 2020 and allow the campus to expand enrollment to 10,000 students within five to seven years. 


Stanislaus Community Foundation to open 2016 scholarship application period

Local students who are looking to further their education, but who may help funding their academic endeavor need look no further than the Stanislaus Community Foundation Scholarship program, which offers financial assistance to Stanislaus County residents through 15 separate scholarships.

Through the Foundation’s online application system, eligible applicants are matched to scholarship funds, providing a central application process to simply access for students seeking financial aid.

In order to qualify for a scholarship, students must be a Stanislaus County resident, currently enrolled or plan to attend an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational college, plan to be a full-time student, and have an acceptable academic record.

Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. Since 2001, Stanislaus Community Foundation and its partners have awarded over $555,266 to local students. Scholarships have been established by generous donors, including individuals, families and organizations and business from our community.

Stanislaus County residents will have from Jan. 15 to Feb. 28 to submit an application for the 2016 scholarship period. To apply, visit 


Pulitzer Prize author to speak at MJC for annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event

Modesto Junior College’s 22nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize winning author and nonviolence and civil rights proponent Taylor Branch. Branch will speak on “Freedom and Gridlock: Lessons from Martin Luther King.”

The event will also feature the presentation of the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award to Maggie Mejia, community activity and president of the Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County, who is being honored for her many years of service to the local community.

Doors for the 22nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration will open at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the MJC Performing Arts and Media Center Auditorium, 435 College Avenue in Modesto. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Prior to the commemoration, MJC students are also invited to meet Branch and ask questions during an informal student discussion at 4 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the King Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive in Modesto.