July Newsletter
Greetings from MVLA Scholars!
In May we welcomed 31 new scholars to the program at a wonderful backyard reception attended by the scholars, their parents and their mentors.

We now have 123 college scholars in the program!

Here’s where they will be studying in the fall:
  • 61: CSUs including SJSU, SFSU, East Bay, Sonoma, Chico, SLO, Pomona, Sacramento and Long Beach.
  • 30: UCs including Merced, Davis, Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Irvine, and Riverside.
  • 19: Community Colleges including Foothill, DeAnza, Canada, and West Valley
  • 13: Privates including Santa Clara, USF, Tufts, Stanford, Holy Cross, Claremont, Carleton, Seattle Pacific, and Clark
And here are their intended majors:
  • 28: Business including accounting, finance, management, and economics
  • 23: Engineering and Computer Science including chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and graphic design
  • 21: Social Sciences including sociology, psychology, criminal justice and political science
  • 18: Science including biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science
  • 14: Health including nursing, kinesiology and nutrition
  •   9: Education
  •   5: Media Studies and Communication
  •   4: Arts including theater, music and studio art
  •   1: Interior Design
Below you can read from one our wonderful scholars. Sydney has just graduated and will be pursuing a future in Higher Education Student Affairs. We are so proud of her!
Thank you so much to our incredible community for your ongoing support.

Dee Gibson and Janet Tornow
Scholar Martha with Mentor Tracy; Mentor Cindy with Scholar Sharon, Scholar Jesus with his mom and Mentor Neil
Sydney Magana – MVLA Scholar, University of Utah Graduate 2017

Having been selected to join the 2013 MVLA Scholars cohort is something I will be forever grateful for. The funding and mentorship I received allowed me to attend my dream school - the University of Utah – where I engaged in research, co-authored three publications and had the opportunity to serve in various leadership roles. Most importantly, I served as Intern and Lead Outreach Ambassador with an on-campus Student Success initiative for the entirety of my undergrad. Through this unique internship opportunity, I discovered my passion for a career in higher education. As a first gen student, I would have never grown up thinking I wanted to enter the field of higher education – I didn't even know what that meant or that it even existed as a potential career path.

Having officially graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and minors in Leadership Studies and Positive Psychology, I know that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I am thrilled to be continuing on in a profession that will allow me to remain on a college campus and in a field that will allow me to impact college student transition, retention, persistence and success.

As my next step, I will be pursuing my master’s degree in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah starting in the fall. I am fortunate enough to have been selected to work in the Dean of Students office with Conduct and Community Standards and have my program fully paid for. Although my current interests lie in the field of Student Affairs, I am not ready to close the door on the opportunity to explore a career in academia.

Wherever I end up, I know I will always be able to acknowledge MVLA Scholars as one of the biggest influences that made all of this possible. This program’s support means more than I can put into words, and I greatly appreciate all that it has provided. I look forward to the day where I am able to give back to this program that gave me everything and allowed me to THRIVE.