Congratulations to Rick, the first Upward Scholars student to graduate from UC Davis.
Rick embarked on his first entrepreneurial endeavor at age eight when he started collecting empty cartons from local businesses, bundling them, and selling them to a recycling shop. He has been seizing opportunities ever since.
Rick came to the U.S. from Peru at the age of 20. When he arrived, he enrolled in ESL classes at Sequoia Adult School; he then transferred to Cañada College, eventually earning an Associate of Science degree in mathematics and economics. Rick graduated from UC Davis in December 2018 with a joint major in mathematical analytics and operations research and a minor in statistics. He currently works at a startup focusing on business strategy and data analysis.
While at Cañada, Rick received a laptop and funds for books and a parking pass from Upward Scholars and also served as an Upward Scholars ambassador, sharing his commitment to education with students and supporters.