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Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we are able to say "Yes" to every student who applies to be one of Dave's Scholars. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

In these uncertain and unprecedented times, your donation means so much! Because of our donors, Mammoth Lakes Foundation is able to support students who are both beginning, and continuing their higher education path at a time when it seems the world has been turned upside-down.  When finding stability and pathways forward has become a little harder for some, Mammoth Lakes Foundation and the Dave's Scholarship program have been able to provide full scholarships to our students, as well as mentorship, mental health support and connections that have been hard to cultivate recently - all thanks to your generous donations.  

Each of our student scholars has a unique story to share as they pursue their dreams at Cerro Coso Community College. Some are the first to attend college in their families; some are returning to college after a hiatus; and others are seeking a certificate or degree to help them with their business. Your donation changes lives.

Thanks to you, you're making college an affordable reality—not only for the students, but also for their families, especially when there are several college-aged children under the same roof.

Thanks to you, you're opening doors of opportunity.

Thanks to you, you're improving our community. Education is a driving force for ending poverty and a key denominator for economic growth.

Thanks to you, you're investing in tomorrow's leaders, many of whom return to work in Mammoth.

Thanks to you, you've helped students start their path with zero debt as they pursue their goals of either transferring to a four-year college or staying in Mammoth upon completing certificate and associate degree programs.

Thanks to you, you've made it possible for students to not have to work as much so they can better focus on their studies.

Thanks to you, you've made it possible for local students to be role models for their siblings and friends, inspiring them to also chase their dreams.

Thanks to you, you're teaching students the value of volunteering and community involvement. Many of our students find satisfaction in giving back and continue to do so even after graduating.

Thanks to you, you're fulfilling Dave McCoy's legacy of offering higher education to locals so they don't have to leave this beautiful place we call home.

Dave's Scholar Transfer Scholarship

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Dave's Scholar and 2021 Transfer Scholarship recipient Sydney Genchi with Board Chair Luan Mendel and Executive Director Betsy Truax.

This year the Foundation established our first-ever transfer scholarship, awarded to an exceptional Dave’s Scholar who is continuing their studies at a four-year institution. The scholarship will provide up to $10,000 per year for up to two years for tuition, along with mentoring from the Foundation staff and board. The inaugural recipient, Sydney, is studying Criminology at CSU Fresno. Sydney is the first person in her family to graduate from high school and attend college!

The Mammoth Lakes Foundation recognizes that many of our scholarship students pursue study at Cerro Coso with the intention of completing a 4-year degree after obtaining their A.A. We understand that the cost of tuition, as well as living expenses, is quite prohibitive for students leaving Mono County and this scholarship is intended to alleviate that burden for an exceptional Dave’s Scholar.


The Dave’s Scholar Transfer Scholarship represents a significant undertaking and financial investment by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation to further our mission of supporting higher education and cultural enrichment. The selected student must demonstrate a capacity to excel in their continued studies and understand that they continue to represent the Mammoth Lakes Foundation locally and in the wider world. 


We are also excited to soon launch the Roma McCoy Special Scholarship, which will be awarded to an outstanding student who plans to continue their studies in the healthcare or education fields. Thank you for helping us make programs like these possible!​


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Lynn Regelbrugge

"The support from the Mammoth Lakes Foundation became absolutely indispensable. I have discovered that the MLF is made up of good people who are concerned about me and my success. It has been humbling to realize how many people are really 'in my corner.' I have become incredibly grateful to the Foundation staff as well as the donors."

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Sienna Manning

"As an incoming sophomore at Cerro Coso Community College, I am happy to say that attending Cerro Coso as a Dave's Scholar recipient as been such a great experience filled with tons of opportunities as a student. I feel so lucky and fortunate to know that I have the Mammoth Lakes Foundation supporting me as I work towards becoming a professional freeskier and most importantly, getting the best education I can to become an interior designer. I am so honored to be part of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation and such an amazing community on my side."


Heather Landen

"I was recently accepted in the LVN program. At the end of the program I would have completed my associates degree and plan on bridging to a BSN in nursing. I am still deciding on the type of nursing I want to settle into. I am hoping that the LVN program will continue to steer my career and help me find my place. This scholarship aid will help me to pay for books, gas and cover other education expenses that I would otherwise be unable to afford. Thank you!"

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Alan Torres

"Being a Dave's Scholar is really important to me. Being a Dave's Scholar allows me to to be able to attend college and pursue my lifelong dreams. With the help of Leigh from the Learning Resource Center, I finally agreed that becoming a teacher could be a possibility for me."

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Logan Contaldi

"I realize that I have a lot of challenges ahead of me, and to be honest I find moving on to college a little scary; but I hope with the support and guidance from my family, Cerro Coso and the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, I can learn the skills needed to succeed in college and beyond."

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Carson Dorough

"When I first started college at Cerro Coso, I had no clue what my associate's degree would be in, let alone my overall major and future college options. Now, I am confident that I will be transferring at the end of the 2022 year to a different college, quite possibly a UC. I would not be in this position if it were not for Cerro Coso and the MLF, and I am grateful for all that I have learned this year that has given me a sense of direction that is much stronger than compared to the start of the semester."


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Calvin Forsythe

“Since I graduated from cerro coso, I’ve been up to a lot! After completion of my associates degrees, I was accepted into San Diego State University where I earned my bachelors degree in Political Science with distinction, and a certificate in public law with distinction. I am currently pursuing a career in the United States military as an officer in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps practicing law for the Navy. I couldn’t have succeeded without the initial financial jumpstart that the Mammoth Lakes Foundation provided for me. Their help was invaluable!”


Gloria Solorio

“I graduated from Cerro Coso Community College - Mammoth the Spring of 2019 with three AA degrees. I was accepted to 6/7 universities I applied to: UNR, Sac State, San Jose State, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, & UC Davis. I attended and graduated from UC Davis (Spring of 2021) as a Dean's Scholar and majored in psychology and minored in education. Thanks to the Mammoth Lakes Foundation and their generous donors, I had the opportunity to fulfill one of my biggest dreams: transfer to a four-year university (with no student debt!) and receive my Bachelor's degree! I admire what the MLF does and I am delighted to share that I was part of their team the summer of 2020 and 2021. I could not be more thankful!”


Lauren Harris

“I am currently in the ski resort town of Wanaka, New Zealand supporting a Lighthouse Church that was started by the Lighthouse Church in Mammoth Lakes. While I had completed ministry school before attending Cerro Coso, finishing a degree and being a Dave’s Scholar reinforced the importance of community encouragement, empowerment of others, and commitment to finish strong. I brought these values with me to New Zealand and I know that they will stay with me wherever I may go.”

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Quinn Contaldi

"After graduating Spring 2021, I transferred to University of Nevada Reno where I am a Computer Science and Engineering major.  Before leaving Mammoth, I started a small gaming development company; Code Sierra Studios. We currently have two games in development.  I can't thank the Mammoth Lakes Foundation enough for the sponsorship, guidance and support they gave me as I started my college journey. Being a 'Dave's Scholar' was a great privilege and I would not be where I am today without the support of this wonderful community."

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Torrey Patrie

“Since attending Cerro Coso I have been continuing my education at the University of Arkansas, and I’m currently a senior looking to graduate in the Spring of 2021. I am majoring in Business Management with a minor in Finance. This semester I have been working with the company LeadAbroad as a chapter representative for my sorority. While I am not yet aware of what I want to continue on to do after graduation I am extremely grateful to the Mammoth Lakes Foundation and the scholarship they work to provide each and every graduate who asks for financial assistance.”


Interested in becoming a Dave's Scholar?

Please contact Scholarship Coordinator, Elizabeth Root, at 760.934.3781 or at for more information.