The Mammoth Lakes Foundation Scholarship program was launched in 2003 to encourage Mono County residents and high school graduates to take advantage of local educational opportunities through Cerro Coso Community College's Mammoth Campus. MLF has awarded more than 750 scholarships since! Support for an individual scholarship ranges from $800 to $1,000 each semester and covers tuition and books. 


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.


Heather Landen

I was recently accepted into the LVN program. At the end of the program I will have completed my associates degree and plan on bridging to a BSN in nursing. I am still deciding the type of nursing that I want to settle into. I am hoping 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!


Priscilla Yanez

My firsts semester attending Cerro Coso Community College, I had the privilege in receiving the support from the Mammoth Lakes Foundation and The Rotary Club. Members from both organizations of each group have amazed me on how much encouragement and assistance they have provided me with, even through my own personal hardships.  I am ready to get to where I want to be and with your continuous support I am ready to help out the community as well. Thank you.

Lynn Regelbrugge

I am hoping to pursue a career in animal or equine sciences, possibly as an equine veterinarian, and I am more motivated than ever. This past year I volunteered at the Mammoth Lakes Annual Sponsor Dinner. I really enjoyed getting to meet the wonderful people who are enabling me to attend Cerro Coso and helping me reach my dreams. Receiving this scholarship will help me save money to allow myself to afford these goals of attending a university and a school of veterinary medicine, to fulfill my lifelong goal of helping people and animals. 

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Isme Lopez Pantoja

I will be the first one in my family to go to college. I want to attend a community college and transfer to a four year university since it would allow me to save some money. I plan to start going to Cerro Coso Community College here in Mammoth for two years to get my general education. After Cerro Coso, I plan to transfer to a CSU to be able to go into a nursing program. Thank you for supporting my dreams of higher education!

Monce Cruz

Being a Mammoth Lakes Foundation Dave's Scholar at Cerro Coso is an incredible opportunity that I've been given. The meetings that I have attended so far have really changed my perspective, I now know that I am cared for and I will be helped. I, like all of the other Dave's Scholars have so much potential, we are being pushed towards our goals in amazing ways.

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Quinn Contaldi

I am always seeking to grow as a student and as an individual. I am passionate about this semester and am looking forward to pushing my personal limits to an exciting future! I am so grateful for the Foundation donors for making this opportunity possible.


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 the Fall of 2019 with 3 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 am currently attending UC Davis where I will be majoring in psychology and minoring in education. As I look back, I realize how blessed I have been. Thanks to the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, I learned that everything is possible if you commit to it, and no financial barrier should ever interfere with one’s wish of acquiring higher education. I admire what the MLF does and I am happy to say that I was able to be part of their team this summer 2020.”

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.”

“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.”

Torrey Patrie