Both the University of California and the California State University systems are giving students affected by the wildfires extra time, fee waivers and help with financial aid.
Statewide award recipient Lynda McGee was praised for her efforts to get low-income students into college. She says that some students should try to attend college away from home to have a better shot at finishing in four years.
Latinos and Asians comprise the largest groups of applicants as students seek to gain entrance to at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses.
Select campuses will partner with local clubs.
Students get a glimpse of campuses outside their communities.