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Your support is a cornerstone of the MVLA Scholars program. Since 2000, individuals, corporations and foundations have been making generous donations of dollars and time which change the lives of local students and their families. We can’t do it without you.

Help us invest in the success of all deserving students in our community. Your donation will help a first-generation student afford a college education. This year, 147 Scholars received scholarships and honorariums ranging from $1,000 – $6,000 per year.

Because our organization is run exclusively by volunteers, 100% of your donation will go directly to our Scholars.

  • • Make your check payable to “MVLA Scholars”
  • • Mail to Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation, 183 Hillview Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022
  • • If you would like to make a donation in honor or memory of someone, include the name and address of the person you would like recognized.

Your employer may have a corporate matching program that will increase your donation to MVLA Scholars. Contact us to learn more.

If you are planning to donate stock, please contact us so we can properly acknowledge your gift.

MVLA Scholars is a program of the Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation. The Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization, bearing Tax Identification Number 77-0273721.


MVLA Scholars is made up of an amazing community of more than 150 volunteers. Interested in joining the team? Contact us.

Here are ways you can get involved:

Mentors are paired with a Scholar who makes sure they are set up for success in college and beyond: Provide support and advice on everything from course selection to budgets to extracurricular activities; review resume and cover letters, practice interviewing and help find internships

Requirements: Four to five year commitment to your Scholar; monthly contact (email, phone, in-person) with your Scholar; new mentor training

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Work with AVID high school juniors or seniors as they prepare for college, helping them: Create their college list; complete college applications, including essay review; apply for scholarships and financial aid; decide which college to attend

Requirements: One year commitment; weekly meeting with students at Mountain View or Los Altos High School during an AVID class period.

We’ll train you: No college counseling experience is necessary. Training will be provided by experienced college counseling professionals at each high school campus. AVID mentors have the support of the AVID teachers, college and career counselors and the MVLA Scholars program.

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There are many ways to get involved with MVLA Scholars in addition to becoming a mentor. We need help with marketing, events, fundraising, grant writing, training, database entry and publicity.

At this time we are actively looking for help in Fundraising and Media Relations.