MVLA Community Scholars Program awards scholarships to 17 students

The MVLA Community Scholars Program awarded four-year college scholarships to 17 students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Class of 2011.

Thirteen of the students are the first in their families to attend college.

The program’s mission is to improve the economic mobility and quality of life of local, high-potential, underserved youth by providing scholarships and individual mentoring to make a four-year degree achievable.

This year’s recipients from Los Altos High School include Maria Angelica Cristancho (West Valley College), Fatima Esquivel (San Francisco State University), Claire Evangelista (San Jose State), Edith Gomez (SFSU), Randy Gonzalez (SFSU), Edna Hernandez (Foothill College), Mariela Rodrigues (SFSU), Eve Survillo (New York University), Naian Wu (SFSU) and Onur Yildiz (Cal Poly Pomona).

Mountain View High School recipients are Adriana Aguilar (SJSU), Alejandro Aguilar (UC Santa Cruz), Derek Miranda (UC Irvine), Michael Polisso (SJSU), Fernanda Rodriquez (Foothill College) and Jose Rolden (St. Mary’s College).

The Alta Vista recipient is Ema Macias (De Anza College).

The recipients’ awards range from $500 to $4,000 per year.

Four students earned additional scholarships: Aguilar received the Rich Fischer Scholarship for tenacity and a spirit of generosity toward others; Survillo was awarded the Gail Wagner DeMayo Scholarship for academic promise, perseverance and a strong interest in the arts; Evangelista accepted the Nancy E. Lippe Scholarship for determination in the face of adversity and a desire to give back to the community; and Miranda received the Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship.

To support the scholarship fund or volunteer to mentor or serve on a program committee, email program director Michelle Reichert at [email protected]

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