The Partners Program is a recruitment and retention program which partners with a select number of high schools throughout the state of California. The University has established partnerships with high schools that were part of the College Preparation Partnership Program introduced by Senator Tom Hayden in 1998. Additional schools have been added since that time. The goal of the program is to support these schools in their efforts to increase the number of students who succeed in obtaining a college degree. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to newly admitted freshmen each year.