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UC Davis Redwood SEED Scholars Program

UC Davis Redwood SEED Scholars Program
University of California, Davis
UC Davis Redwood SEED Scholars Program
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Program Contact Beth Foraker
Program Contact Email
Phone 916.703.0269
Website Program website

The UC Davis Redwood SEED (Supported Education to Elevate Diversity) Scholars Program is a first-of-its-kind, four-year, TPSID-funded, inclusive college program for students with intellectual disabilities in the state of California.

It is located in the college town of Davis, California, 15 minutes from the state capital, Sacramento.

Students in the program have an opportunity to live on campus, engage in social activities and organizations, take college classes and pursue an internship or job.

The UC Davis Redwood SEED Scholars Program is a collaborative effort between the UC Davis MIND Institute and the UC Davis campus' Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The MIND Institute is located in Sacramento on the UC Davis Med Center Campus. It is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, and treatment of the challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities. The MIND Institute is well-known for its research in autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as its innovative supports and therapies that have been developed for families and caregivers.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has been building the capacity to do the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the UC Davis campus through a multi-year, multi-pronged process to both assess and understand the opportunities at UC Davis. Housing the Redwood SEED Scholars Program within the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on campus allows for every member of campus to participate and sends the important message that disability access and opportunity is an equity issue at UC Davis.

Everything begins with a person-centered plan and self-determination...looking at the student's skill set, strengths, areas of interest and working with a team to support their wishes and dreams for their future.

Each year, we will accept up to 12 students with intellectual disabilities into our program for a total of 48 students. This is a cohort model program where students take foundational, customized courses as well as credit-bearing UC Davis courses in their area of interest. Additionally, beginning in Spring Quarter of their first year, the Redwood SEED Scholars will have internships - both paid and unpaid - on campus and move through what we call Ladders of Opportunity to eventually working for longer hours and more days and at a wider range of internship sites in their fourth year.

We are dedicated to having our graduates be ready for employment that is both integrated and offers a competitive wage.

But, a person is not just the job they have. We are a program that encourages, supports and guides the whole student in having life experiences socially, increasing independent living skills, advancing in academics and exploring the richness of educational offerings at UC Davis.

UC Davis Redwood SEED Scholars Mission and Vision Statement is not just for Redwood SEED Scholars.
Inclusion is a community benefit and our Mission and Vision support BOTH Redwood SEED Scholars AND Mentors, Faculty, and anyone on campus or in the community.

We aspire to:
Support a self-determined and fully inclusive life for people with intellectual disability through post-secondary education that will lead to competitive, integrated employment
Develop mentors that understand the value of inclusion and work to make it a reality.

Program information submitted: January 25, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 21
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: January 5, 2024
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: 18-23
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Lujan Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, 1p36 Deletion Syndrome
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 30.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $17500.00
Room and board: $18300.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Social Security Disability Insurance
Scholarships available: Ruby's Rainbow
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Note: This is still in development
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation