MVLA Community Scholars supports students

Courtesy of MVLA Community Scholars
The MVLA Community Scholars program awards scholarships each year. This year the organization selected more than 20 local students to receive scholarships, left. Recipients are the first in their families to attend college, and the organization continues its support throughout college by providing mentors.

The Mountain View Los Altos Community Scholars program awarded more than 20 scholarships this year to local students in need.

Recipients include Yuriria Acevedo-Perez, Ion Blanari, Jesus Caballero, Gloria Carbajal, Rosa Carrera, Jennifer Corona, Selina Ellis, Jessica Fernandez, Barbara Garcia, Estefani Gomez Pacheco, Dafne Hernandez, Arely Leon, Kathleen Maeda, Marco Martinez, Carlos Pacheco Miranda, Roann Pao, Oscar Ramirez, Liliana Rios, Victor Ruiz, Nisha Sharma, Michael Torio, Karlwillie Wilson, Lucy Xiao and Stephanie Yau.

The recipients’ grade-point average totaled a collective 3.43. To qualify for the scholarships, students must also be committed to their schools and the community. The recipients’ interests include glee club, basketball, gymnastics, football, robotics, water polo, the Mountain View Police Explorer program and tutoring older adults in technology.

MVLA Community Scholars officials described the recipients as “overachievers.” Honorees include immigrants from the Philippines, India, Mexico, China and Moldova with English as their second language. They have worked in food service, camps and retail stores to help their families. Most of all, according to MVLA representatives, the students are determined and ambitious, pursuing degrees in engineering, computer science, law, nursing, kinesiology and environmental studies at institutions such as San Francisco State, UC Berkeley, San Jose State, Foothill College, Santa Clara University and UC Merced.

Scholarship recipients are the first in their families to attend college. With trained mentors and yearly, renewable scholarship funds (depending on academic performance), the likelihood that the students will graduate is “most promising,” MVLA Community Scholars officials said.

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