Simpson University Upward Bound Student Earns Prestigious Scholarship

“The Upward Bound program gave me confidence that I could be accepted into one of the top engineering programs in the nation.”

-Bradley Ramsey, Simpson University Upward Bound participant

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University Upward Bound program participant Bradley Ramsey, a senior at Anderson Union High School, has been awarded a highly competitive scholarship to one of the nation’s top-ranked universities.

Bradley was selected out of a national applicant pool of more than 18,500 students for a QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. The National College Match is a college admission and scholarship process through which high-achieving, low-income students can be admitted early with full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners.

After a rigorous application process, students rank up to their top 12 colleges before learning if they are selected as finalists. This year about 6,000 students were selected as finalists and began submitting supplemental material to their respective college choices. Student finalists were then “matched” based on their top choices and the colleges’ priority list of applicants. Bradley was one of 1,464 students to be awarded a Match Scholarship. He intends to enroll at Rice University for fall 2021 to major in mechanical engineering and minor in aerospace. Rice is ranked the 16th best college in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

“I chose Rice University because of its prestigious history and deep connection to the U.S. space program and NASA,” Bradley said. “The Upward Bound program gave me confidence that I could be accepted into one of the top engineering programs in the nation.”

Bradley has distinguished himself at Anderson High School, seeking out leadership opportunities and participating in the Science Bowl and Robotics Club. Last year, he was selected to serve on the Shasta County Board of Education for the 2019-20 school year, including attending a legislative conference at the state Capitol.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta high schools. The federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically challenged students better opportunities to attend college by providing services such as counseling, academic tutoring, college experiences, and other academic and pre-college support.

During the summer, more than 100 Upward Bound students participate in a program that includes a weeklong residential experience at Simpson University, four weeks at high school sites, and a weeklong road trip to visit colleges. The pandemic challenges of 2020 prompted the creation of a robust virtual summer program that included the study and building of drones, as well as the opportunity for 40 Upward Bound students to take a Simpson University Intro to Business course remotely, taught by Dr. Dan Sloan.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 31 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West. The university is launching new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at