The Redwood SEED Scholars Program (Supported Education to Elevate Diversity) at the University of California, Davis is designed for students with intellectual disabilities.
They will be welcomed to UC Davis as full-time students, and supported with peer mentors in academics as well as in health and wellness. Redwood Seed Scholars will take part in internships both on and off campus with the goal of competitive, integrated employment. They will live alongside other UC Davis students in on-campus housing and participate in extra-curricular clubs and organizations. Self-determination and choice will be the seeds we plant at the beginning.
What are the goals of the UC Davis Redwood SEED Scholars Program?
- Personal Growth
- Reaching and stretching toward independence
- Hard work
- Developing skills within context
- Learning to live in a community
- Working toward employment
- Leaning into areas of interest and study
It is our JOY to share the promise of the Redwood SEED Scholars Program. We received our first year of funding through a U.S. Department of Education TPSID grant on Oct. 1, 2020. We are currently building a four-year, residential, comprehensive transition program to serve students with intellectual disabilities. In accordance with grant guidelines, the program will be open to students ages 18-26 years, and a diagnosis of intellectual disability is required.
This model is brand new for California. We anticipate that we will have our Redwood SEED Scholars Program applications ready in early 2021.