July Newsletter
Welcome to the Scholars Class of 2018!
Greetings from MVLA Scholars!
It is an exciting time of year for MVLA Scholars. Eighteen Scholars have just graduated from four-year college, and seven Scholars have transferred from community college to a four-year college. Below read all about Lucy who just graduated from SJSU and has achieved her dream of becoming an interior designer.

In May we welcomed 33 new Scholars at a wonderful backyard reception attended by the Scholars, their parents and their mentors. We now have 137 college Scholars in the program!
Here’s where our newest 33 Scholars will be studying in the fall:
  • 14  UCs including UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside
  • 10  CSUs including SJSU, SFSU, San Luis Obispo, Sonoma, Chico
  •   6  Privates including Santa Clara, USC, Wellesley, Seattle U, U of Portland
  •   2  Foothill Community College
  •   1  Out-of-state public: Northern Arizona U
In order to send our new Scholars off to college well-prepared, we provided a New Scholar training featuring a panel of four very wise upper-class Scholars who shared their advice and experience on a range of topics including time management, academic planning, what clubs to join, how to solve roommate problems, and budget planning.

At the end of the training session we presented each Scholar with a starter gift basket including sheets, towels, toiletries, school supplies and gift cards. The Scholars were all delighted with this surprise.
Thank you to everyone for all your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
Dee Gibson and Janet Tornow
New Scholars Hassib (USC), Montserrat (SJSU) with her parents, Tino (UC Riverside)
Lucy Xiao, SJSU 2018, Interior Designer

I knew what I wanted to be when I was in high school. In my home country of China, I was fascinated by design, and would envision ways to create beautiful and functional spaces. Residential interior design became a passion. After coming to America, I was determined to become an interior designer. 

I am so grateful for the support that MVLA Scholars has given me. They not only provided financial help, but they also helped me be successful in college and in my career. My mentor, Mary Takahashi, was always there for me. At SJSU, I struggled first with Biology, and later with Physics. I reached out to Mary, and she found tutors to help me. My tutors, Cathy Walz and Jim Colton, were wonderful, and I learned that asking for help was nothing to be afraid of.
At SJSU, I had the opportunity to travel to Singapore and Taiwan with others in my major, and with our professor, Diana Seah. She was the best professor I had in college. She cares a lot about her students and their success. Twelve of us went on this international trip to learn about different architectural styles and design. I will always remember how much fun we had on that trip.
During the second semester of my freshman year, I reached out to the Career Launch Team of MVLA Scholars. I was hoping to find an internship for the summer of 2015. The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce provided MVLA Scholars with two leads. The team helped me with my resume and cover letters, and Mary helped prepare me for my interviews. I won an internship with IKB Design and Construction in Los Altos, a firm that specializes in residential design!
In April 2016, I started working for IKB. Before my graduation from SJSU, they extended a full-time job offer to me. I am now officially a Junior Designer. What started as a summer internship has now become my career. I love the IKB culture and they seem to like me!