October 24, 2009
UC President Mark G. Yudof kicked off a $1 billion fundraising effort to raise money for student scholarships at a rally at Sunnyside High School in Fresno. Project You Can aims to double the money the 10 campuses raised over the last five years to support students. Yudof also announced that he will ask UC Regents in November to raise the income ceiling on the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan to $70,000 to make more low-income California students eligible. At Sunnyside High, where 87 percent of the students come from low-income families, the teens cheered at the news that a University of California education could be within their reach despite the financial hardships many of them live with.