April Newsletter

Scholar Kevin, Scholars Estefani and Brian, Scholar Valerie
Greetings from MVLA Scholars!
It is an exciting time of year for MVLA Scholars. We have a lot to report:
  • 94   Scholarships applications received and evaluated in March.
  • 31   Four-year renewable scholarships awarded to the high school class of 2019. Each of the 31 Scholars will receive an individual mentor for their entire college career.  Scholarships will range from $2K - $6K per year.
  • 13   One-year scholarships awarded to the high school class of 2019.  Scholarships are $2K.
  • 3.6  Average GPA of our newest class of Scholars. Intended college majors include: engineering, business, health care, computer science and psychology.
  • 19   Scholars graduating from four-year colleges including SJSU, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Davis, Cal Poly SLO, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, Chico State, Sonoma State, Santa Clara, and USF.
  •   7   Community College students transferring to a four-year university.
  • 168   Total college Scholars in the program (rising freshmen to seniors)!
Below you can read about one of our very successful recent Scholars who graduated from Santa Clara and is now working at Ernst & Young accounting firm.
Thank you to everyone for all your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
Dee Gibson and Janet Tornow
Stephanie Yau — From Santa Clara University to Ernst & Young.
When I was in high school, I aspired to become a business leader and to make a positive impact in the world. MVLA Scholars’ support helped me tremendously in being able to attend Santa Clara University as a first step in achieving my goal. Studying at SCU, with its values of service to others and compassion, has helped me grow as a person these past four years.

I graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, and a minor in Management Information Systems. I participated in various leadership programs and had the opportunity to represent SCU in the 2018 Silicon Valley Regionals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School at Google, winning 2nd Place. These experiences allowed me to build long-lasting friendships with my peers and learn the foundations of business from my professors.

During the summers, I interned at Technology Credit Union, Cisco, and Texas Instruments. During the school year, I also worked as a Library Student Assistant and Writing Partner to help students with their writing projects. I gained valuable experience and knowledge from my internship opportunities and my studies. I continued my violin studies and was a part of the University Orchestra. Performing with the orchestra allowed me to continue my passion for music throughout college.

After graduation, I was offered a position as an Advisory Consultant at Ernst & Young, where I work with my clients to help them improve their processes for a range of business and IT functions. I am very grateful for the scholarship and all of the support I have received from MVLA Scholars, including my caring mentor Julia’s help, and being a part of the MVLA Scholars family. This support enabled me to pursue my dream of attending college. I learned of the courage to pursue my dream and the patience of achieving my goals. I continue to pursue my passion of playing music, learning languages, and volunteering to give back to my community.