People’s Self-Help Housing Student Accepted to PhD Program

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Source: PSHH

Alycia Rasmussen, a student from the People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) Camino Scholars program, has accepted admission to University of California, Davis to pursue a Ph.D in Microbiology. She has also been awarded a UC Davis Microbiology Graduate Group Fellowship. 

“We are so proud to announce this incredible news of Alycia’s achievement,” said PSHH Director of Education, Joanna Dominguez. “We know that her story and success serve as an inspiration for so many of our students in the Camino Scholars program.”

Growing up on the Central Coast in Nipomo, over the years Alycia has actively participated in PSHH’s nationally recognized education program Camino Scholars. She has been pursuing an undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Medical Microbiology and a minor in English at University of California, Davis. This spring she will graduate from her undergraduate studies and move straight into her PhD studies, with hopes of completing her studies in the next five years.   

Under regular circumstance, Camino Scholars serves over 400 students per year at its 11 onsite learning centers which are located across three counties. As evidenced by standardized test scores, the curriculum significantly improves math and literacy skills and accompanies students on the path of lifelong learning. The program also helps prepare college-bound students with application assistance, financial aid navigation, career exploration workshops, campus visits, and mentorship.  This relationship continues through graduation of the terminal degree; the program just saw its first student enrolled in Ph D. studies. 

To hear more about Alycia’s story, watch Camino Scholars Conversations. To learn more about Camino Scholars, visit 

About People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH)
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the longest-serving nonprofit affordable housing organization on the Central Coast. With a mission of building homes and providing services to strengthen communities and change lives, PSHH serves low-income households, working families, seniors, veterans, farmworkers, those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless. It also provides homeownership opportunities through a self-help, “sweat equity” program that has seen over 1,200 homes successfully completed. PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Monterey counties, manages over 2,000 rental units, and employs over 200 staff members. For more information, visit, email or phone (805) 781-3088.

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