First Ever UA Day at Main Library Aims to Help Local Students

July 13, 2016

Wilma the Wildcat WANTS YOU to become a successful University of Arizona student!

Wilma the Wildcat WANTS YOU to become a successful University of Arizona student!

by James J. Jefferies

Most parents dream of having their children attend college. Fewer of them can help plan for that unless they experienced the admissions process themselves, and for many young high school students in Southern Arizona, the preparation can seem like an incredibly intimidating venture, especially if they are already in their junior or senior year.

This reality is what has motivated the University of Arizona Office of Admissions, the Pima County Public Library, the Metropolitan Education Commission’s Regional College Access Center, and AmeriCorps to join forces to bring about the first-ever UA Day! The event will be held from 1-4pm on Saturday, July 23rd at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

“This event perfectly aligns with the Library’s mission to educate, inspire, and connect people. It’s a joy to partner with the UA to give our community’s young people opportunities to broaden their horizons and to help educate them about the options available,” said Melinda Cervantes, PCPL Executive Director.

Session topics will include the AZ Earn to Learn Scholarship Program, College Greenlight, Scholarship Search, Building an Academic Resume, and Applying for Financial Aid, among many others! In addition to academic advisors, current UA students will also be there to offer their own practical advice, and assistance in Spanish will also be available.

UA Day is completely free and open to the public, but due to limited space, advance registration is required. You can learn more about the event and register online HERE. There will also be bus transportation offered from Cholla, Pueblo, Sunnyside, and Desert View High Schools, and for more information on the rides, contact Michelle Simon, PCPL Program Coordinator, at 520.594.5654 or

In an era where having an education is so critical to one’s personal economic outlook, it is so important that traditionally under-served communities of young people are given the keys to the kingdom, and that’s precisely the goal of this event. We hope anyone within that age bracket who may not have considered themselves a likely candidate for college will register and take a look into giving themselves a much broader array of possibilities.