Twenty four hope-filled faces are on their way to college thanks to
scholarships from MVLA Community Scholars. Let us introduce to you:
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, Karlwillie
Wilson, Lucy Xiao, and Stephanie Yau.
These students are bright. Their average GPA is 3.43. They are
committed to their schools and the community, with interests including glee
club, basketball, gymnastics, football, robotics, water polo, MV
Police Explorer, and helping seniors with technology.
They are all over-achievers; many are recent immigrants from the Philippines, India,
Mexico, China, (even Moldavia!) and English is their second language. They have worked in food service, at youth camps, and at retail stores to help support their
However, first and foremost, they are determined and ambitious students,
seeking degrees in engineering, computer science, law, nursing,
kinesiology, and environmental studies, to name just a few. All will be the first in their generation to attend college, and with trained mentors plus yearly
renewable scholarship funds (depending upon academic performance), their likelihood of graduating, based on the performance of previous MVLA Community Scholars awardees, is most promising.
Over the years MVLA Scholars have attended and graduated from a wide range of colleges, including SFSU, UC Berkeley, SJSU, Foothill, Humboldt State, Santa Clara University, and UC Merced.
If you would like to help a local student in need, please contact us via
MVLA Community Scholars is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.