The COVID 19 pandemic has increased inequality and made the American dream of going to college, getting a good job and creating a better life, an even bigger challenge for many students attending Mountain View and Los Altos High School who are low income and the first in their family to attend college.
Since 2000, MVLA Scholars has provided scholarships and mentorship to low-income and first-generation students from MVLA high schools. MVLA Scholars is 100% volunteer-run and primarily funded by individual donors from the community (like you!)
Every dollar you donate to MVLA Scholars goes directly to fund a scholarship for a student from Mountain View and Los Altos High School.
* $4,000 supports a scholarship for a local student at a 4 year university.
* $2,000 supports a scholarship for a local student attending community college.
* $1,000 supports a computer for a local college student to do their school work.
* $500 supports a stipend so a local college student can gain experience through an unpaid internship.
* $250 supports textbooks for a local college student.
How it works:
MVLA Scholars supports students from the AVID classes at Mountain View and Los Altos High School. AVID is a 4 year program through high schools that supports low income and first generation students on the path to college.
Most students in the AVID program apply for MVLA Scholarships but each year the number of scholarships is limited by the amount of funds raised and so historically MVLA Scholars has only been able to support about ⅓ of the highly qualified students that apply.
In addition to receiving a scholarship, “MVLA Scholars” are matched with a volunteer mentor who meets with them regularly throughout their college career to provide guidance on class and major selection, financial aid, housing, resumes, internships and more. Since low income students work their way through college, they are often left out of internships to gain experience. MVLA Scholars helps bridge this gap through stipends for unpaid internships, so students can graduate with career ready skills.
This successful and unique model of financial support paired with mentorship enables MVLA Scholars to achieve a 90% 6 year college graduation rate. As a comparison the national average for 6 year college graduation is 60% .
This year low-income students and families are facing even more challenges ranging from food and housing insecurity to losing family members due to the COVID -19 pandemic and so your financial support is critical to funding scholarships for MVLA students in need.
Please donate to support a scholarship for a local student!
To learn more visit: MVLAScholars.org
MVLA Scholars is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The Los Altos Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization, Tax ID number 77-0273721.