Dave Vision


The Mammoth Lakes Foundation is honored to carry out the legacy and vision of founders Dave and Roma McCoy.

Our Dave's Scholars have continued to shine throughout 2021, and this fall we welcomed 13 new students to our “Dave’s Scholar” program in addition to 15 returning students. We are honored to be part of the journey for four new Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) students, who graduated from Cerro Coso Community College on December 2nd. In the midst of a global pandemic, these women endured and continued to shine despite facing unprecedented challenges from the moment they began the rigorous program in August 2020. We cannot wait to see where their newfound resilience and skills take them in the future.


The Mammoth Lakes Foundation also awarded our first Transfer Scholarship in May 2021 to a graduating scholarship student who is continuing her education at a 4-year university. The award provides up to $10,000 tuition per year for a maximum of two years to the Transfer Scholarship recipient, along with continued mentoring and guidance from the Mammoth Lakes Foundation staff and board. Thanks to our generous donors for making this new scholarship a reality. 

In 2021, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation partnered with Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes to provide Edison Hall as a local, free Covid-19 testing location. We are proud to support public health efforts in the community. 

Stay well and please keep in touch!

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Since its inception, Mammoth Lakes Foundation successfully brought a community college to Mammoth Lakes, has awarded over 750 scholarships to local students, and built student housing. Mammoth Lakes Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling Dave and Roma McCoy’s vision of creating and supporting higher education and cultural enrichment in Mammoth Lakes. Because of the generosity of our donors and supporters, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation is able to continue the "Dave's Scholars" program providing full-tuition scholarships, book stipends, and support and mentoring through the Foundation to local students. 

Thanks to donors like you, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation has supported higher education and cultural enrichment in Mammoth Lakes for over 30 years.


Fueled by the desire to have fun in our beautiful surroundings, coupled with his tenacity of getting things done, Dave McCoy  made Mammoth Lakes a great place to live, work, and play.

While entrenched in having fun building new chair lifts, runs, and lodges across Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Dave always offered a helping hand to those who asked. He assisted with vital community buildings like Mammoth's hospital, fire department, and water district.


Dave’s underlying concept was simple—whatever is best for the community, let’s make it happen.

In 1989, Dave and some of his friends saw a need for higher education and the arts, and started the Mammoth Lakes Foundation. Dave embodied the tremendous power of synergy within a community and showed us that we can accomplish great things when we work together. Mammoth Lakes Foundation continues to embody that today.

MLF believes that higher education and cultural enrichment enhances the quality of life of residents, second homeowners, and visitors by balancing the recreational attractions in our community. Higher education and the arts promote leadership, stimulate growth, and build a stronger year-round economy. 

Click on the links below to learn more about all the wonderful ways MLF contributes to our community. We are continuing Dave McCoy's legacy in making Mammoth a great place to live, work, and play. Come be a part of it!

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Mammoth Lakes Foundation and a group of dedicated supporters secured a permanent building for the college. We continue to support efforts to keep higher education an affordable option to those who wish to pursue it. Click below to read about our accomplishments.


Since 2003, when MLF started awarding scholarships to students, more than 750 scholarships have been awarded for Mono County residents enrolled full time at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes. Click below to meet some of our students!


In 2007, MLF built the South Gateway Apartments to offer on-campus housing to Cerro Coso Community College students in Mammoth Lakes. As such, we are one of eleven community colleges that offer housing to students in California!

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Partnering with Cerro Coso Community College, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and private donors, MLF is working to create a permanent arts facility in the Eastern Sierra.