MVLA Scholars recently awarded seniors from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 per year – and the services of a college mentor.
“We wanted high-achieving, low-income, first-generation-to-college applicants, and we received a huge response,” said Dee Gibson, co-chairwoman of MVLA Scholars. “Of the 70 qualified applicants, 29 received scholarships, more awarded in one year than ever before.”
Janet Tornow, co-chairwoman of MVLA Scholars, said this year’s group of students was “incredibly impressive and accomplished.”
“They all have powerful life stories and a proven resiliency,” she said. “I am in awe of their ability to overcome even profound obstacles. Many have worked 20, 30-plus hours a week to help their families, maintained high GPAs and still participated in sports, theater, church and community service.”
This year’s scholarship winners and their colleges:
• Cal Poly Pomona: Sharon Wachuka
• Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Lawrence Antiporda
• Chico State: Alejandro Chavez, Jorge Farias
• CSU East Bay: Asaysha Session
• Foothill and De Anza colleges: Mirella Acevedo Perez, Lesleiy Sandoval, Jamaila Padaong
• Long Beach State: Elaine Jennings
• Sacramento State: Akemi Yoshida
• San Francisco State: Blanca Casillas, Alexandra Zaragoza-Chavez
• San Jose State: Anamaria Gomez, Victor Macias, Edgar Sanchez Lopez
• Santa Clara University: Perla Luna, Maria G. Munoz Yepez
• Sonoma State: Liliana Maldonado, Jose Morales, Vanessa Villavicencio
• UC Berkeley: Rita Alejandra Villanueva
• UC Davis: Jhosseline Guardado, Edgar Tapia
• UC Merced: Jose Amaya, Genesis Arreola, Jocelyne Marin-Melo
• UC Santa Barbara: Katherine Hamilton, Alexa Lopez
• UC Santa Cruz: Michael Viray
To honor retiring Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves, MVLA Scholars raised approximately $35,000 to provide two scholarships per year to exceptional district students.
“I cannot imagine a better retirement gift than helping more district students realize their college dreams,” Groves said.
MVLA Scholars is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.
For more information, visit mvlascholars.org.