MVLA Community common scholarship application is live!

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The Mountain View – Los Altos Community Roundtable Common Scholarship Application is now live and ready for applicants!

Thanks to all of the school counselors who responded and will be the contact for any students applying for scholarships being offered through the MV/LA Community Roundtable common scholarship application. Organizations offering scholarships through this online application are:


  • Rotary Club of Los Altos
  • Rotary Club of Mountain View
  • Kiwanis Club of Mountain View
  • Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship
  • MVLA Community Scholars

Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos

Each scholarship will have individual criteria to be met, but all can be applied for through the single scholarship application. Details for each scholarship are listed under the scholarship names in the application. Not all scholarships are available to all high schools.

As in last year’s application, transcripts and recommendations are to be submitted as an electronic document (pdf, Word, etc.) after receiving the system generated transcript or recommendation request. Students will need email addresses for their school’s transcript department, as well as each person from whom they plan to receive a recommendation (2 are required, one from a teacher, the second from any other unrelated adult who knows the applicant). Their financial documentation and essay must also be electronically submitted.

They need not complete the application in one sitting; they can save and later re-login and continue.


Los Altos Community Foundation Grants Over $136,000 to Local Non-Profits

DSC_0083Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) just completed its second grantmaking cycle this fiscal year, giving a total of $136,400 to 45 non-profits that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. These project and operational grants benefit our communities in areas such as health, assisting vulnerable populations, youth, seniors, arts and culture, and community building.

LACF’s Community grant program helps sustain programs at established local organizations such Los Altos Stage Company, Community Services Agency, Community Health Awareness Council, the Day Workers Center, El Camino Hospital Rotacare clinic, Hidden Villa, Los Altos History Museum, Just Read, Krause Center, and the YMCA.

LACF also directs a number of grants toward new and emerging community philanthropy. Recipients include CarbDM, Center for Age Friendly Excellence, Los Altos Forward, Los Altos Prepare, WomenSV, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Project Los Altos exhibit.

“LACF is proud of how its grants have positively benefitted the social, environmental, and economic aspects of our community,” said Joe Eyre, LACF Executive Director. The Foundation has granted over $1.1 million to our local communities since its founding in 1991. Beginning in 2007, LACF began a re-granting program for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. This year the Packard Foundation provided 200,000 to LACF for local re-granting.

Grant requests are evaluated three times a year by a citizens committee. The next grant submission deadline is the fourth Tuesday in February. Interested community members may also contribute to the grant fund or any of LACF programs.

Los Altos Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View by inspiring, facilitating, and celebrating philanthropy. The Foundation does this through grantmaking, programs, non-profit fiscal sponsorship, philanthropic funds, and community leadership. For more information see or call (650) 949-5908.


Head out to December First Friday

From the Los Altos Town Crier:

This month’s First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6 in downtown Los Altos, take on a holiday theme – “All Aboard for the Holidays!”

The Los Altos Forward-sponsored event includes free train rides courtesy of the local American Legion; browsing and shopping at retail shops and galleries, many of which offer discounts and free refreshments; and nearly 20 restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.

In addition to partnering with the Los Altos Village Association on the return of the annual tree-lighting event (see story above), First Friday will feature drawings for hundreds of dollars in gift certificates donated by downtown merchants.

PrimeTime’s Karen Duncan Talks to The Town Crier about BCS report

The pilot program – which uses the expertise of retired Los Altos professionals to study divisive community issues – sprang to life in 2010 after receiving support from the Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) and has since published a report reviewing the costs of city-operated versus district-operated libraries in Los Altos.

PrimeTime founder Karen Duncan told the Town Crier that the goal of the study isn’t necessarily to solve long-standing issues between the district and the charter school. Instead, she noted that the group aims to complete a fact-based analysis without bias and emotion that educates the community “so that we’re not arguing about things that can be known.”

“If people just understood how little basis there was to some of the things they’re so upset about, it might help them to calm down and turn their attention elsewhere,” Duncan said about the philosophy behind her project.

Navigating Project Night Night

DSC_5407Tonight we had a Navigators meeting where we made blankets for Project Night Night.  The children brought books and stuffed animals to go with the blankets in to bags that will be given to homeless children.
To provide Night Night Packages, free of charge, to homeless children from birth to pre-
teen who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and
significant.  Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-
appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside of a new canvas tote
bag.  Project Night Night establishes a foundation for lasting change through the hands-
on volunteer opportunities that we provide to tens of thousands of individuals each year.

Holiday Party 2013

You’re Invited to LACF Lights the Way.

Holiday Party 2013

Please join us in celebrating the holidays and our community.

 Thursday, December 12th

Neutra House


Sign Up Here

You will enjoy holiday music and stellar beverages, including mulled wine. Cheese tasting hosted by Shelly Potvin, Coldwell Banker.

You are welcome to bring a guest that may enjoy learning about LACF’s many programs and opportunities for community volunteerism. Founders, members and their hosted guests have complimentary entry.

All others are asked to bring a $10 donation.

A permanent home for Immigrant House

Los Altos Town Crier reports that LACF supported project, “Immigrant House”, seems to have found a permanent home.

The Mountain View City Council designated the property at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave. for park use at its Sept. 24 meeting.

The council voted 6-1 to use the land as open space, with Mayor John Inks dissenting. The city purchased the property earlier this year for $3 million.

Councilmembers had previously considered using the 1.22-acre property for affordable housing, among other options, before deciding to leave the tree-filled site more or less as is.

The council concurrently agreed to relocate the 1880s-era Immigrant House to the newly ordained parkland.

That’s good news to Los Altos resident Mary Kay Marinovich, the leading force behind the successful quest to preserve the 400-square-foot historical structure. The house was moved from its original location on Bryant Street earlier this year to a temporary city-owned site as it awaited its fate.

“Old Mountain View neighbors can be proud to have conserved one of the city’s original structures, representing the common folk that helped build this city,” Marinovich wrote in an email to councilmembers.

Marinovich’s relatives lived in the small house decades ago after they emigrated from Croatia to the U.S.

“Those of you who have been in Mountain View for 30-plus years will be amazed at 771 N. Rengstorff, because it looks like a throwback to Old Mountain View from 50 years ago,” she said. “Being on the property and in the presence of its natural beauty is simply magical. For that we can thank former owner (Frances) Steiper. I think the city council is wise to leave the property as undisturbed as possible.”