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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 2022, and this fall we welcomed 11 new students to our “Dave’s Scholar” program in addition to 13 returning students. The Mammoth Lakes Foundation continues to provide tuition, a book stipend, housing scholarships, and mentoring to eligible local residents. The Foundation also recognizes that many of our students pursue study at Cerro Coso with plans to complete a four year degree after completing their associate degree. 


The Mammoth Lakes Foundation awarded our second Transfer Scholarship in July 2022. This 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.


In August, we also established another new transfer scholarship named for Roma McCoy. The Roma Transfer Scholarship supports an exceptional student pursuing further study in healthcare or education after completing their associate degree at Cerro Coso Community College, Mammoth campus, in the Foundation’s Dave's Scholars program.

This summer, the Town of Mammoth Lakes Town Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Mammoth Lakes Foundation for the lease of Edison Hall and operation of the Edison Theatre. For more information on renting the Edison Theatre, please contact the Town of Mammoth Lakes Parks and Recreation Department. 


An additional agreement, also unanimously approved by the Town Council, outlines a planning effort on property owned by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation. The planning agreement includes an expanded theatre facility, childcare site, a temporary dog park and future housing site, parking, future amphitheater site, and temporary snow storage. Environmental review of the proposed uses will begin soon. 

We truly appreciate your support in helping us make Dave and Roma McCoy's vision of higher education and cultural enrichment in the Eastern Sierra a reality. We believe the magic of the Eastern Sierra lies in the generosity of individuals that truly care about one another. There’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things.

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.

Be on the lookout in 2023 for new updates on the MACC!

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