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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 $900 to $1,200 each semester and covers tuition and books. 

In addition to financial assistance, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation provides mentorship and provides opportunities for students to connect with Dave's Scholar alumni, members of the community, and career professionals to pursue their educational and career interests. Once a month MLF hosts a Scholar Brunch, where we invite community members to share their insights on various topics with our Scholars and check-in on how we can best support them throughout the semester. In recognition of the giving spirit of Dave & Roma McCoy, MLF Scholarship recipients are required to volunteer in the Mammoth community towards a cause they are passionate about.

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Dave's Scholar and 2022 Transfer Scholarship recipient Sienna Manning with Scholarship Coordinator Elizabeth Root, Executive Director Betsy Truax, and Board Chair Luan Mendel.

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South Gateway Student Apartments located adjacent to Cerro Coso Community College Mammoth Campus.

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Transfer Scholarship

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 scholarship funds tuition for one student, up to $10,000 per year for two years at any California State University (CSU) campus, the University of Nevada Reno (UNR), a University of California (UC) campus or another public or private, accredited college or university. Maximum award of $20,000. The student is expected to complete their Bachelor’s degree within the two-year timeframe.


The Mammoth Lakes Foundation (MLF) is pleased to offer up to six (6) awards of student Housing Scholarships on a semester basis when housing space is available at the South Gateway Student Apartments (SGSA). Students are awarded scholarships based on academic achievement, community involvement, demonstration of financial aid needs, and an in-person interview. Students must reapply each semester.

In order to apply to the MLF Housing Scholarship, students must first complete a student apartment application and receive confirmation from SGSA Manager, Brett Barker, that  an appropriate room is available for the student. A student cannot apply for the MLF Housing Scholarship until their SGSA application has been approved, and they have been notified there is space available. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Tuition/Book Scholarship: Mono County residents (1-year minimum) and graduates of Mono County high schools (Mammoth High School, Sierra High School, Sawtooth/Tioga/Jan Work, Coleville, and Lee Vining).

Housing Scholarship: Mono County residents (1-year minimum) and graduates of Mono or Inyo County high schools.

Transfer Scholarship: MLF Scholars who have spent at least two semesters in good standing.

When do I submit my application?

Applications for fall 2024 scholarship are available now! Application due dates can be found on each application. Fall applications are due on August 1st and spring applications are due the week after finals in December. If you are interested in scholarships for a future semester, please reach out to Scholarship Coordinator Elizabeth Root at

What are the requirements?

Mammoth Lakes Foundation Local Scholarship - Rules and Eligibility Requirements

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage local Mono County students and residents to enroll in and attend classes at the Mammoth Campus of Cerro Coso Community College to achieve their higher education goals.

The scholarship pays up to $500 for books/materials for enrolled courses, student representation, and in-state enrollment fees. The scholarship does not pay for course software, optional textbooks, computers, pens, notebooks, calculators, room, board, living expenses, etc. The scholarship covers only what a semester “Course Schedule” describes as required materials for each course. Books are to be purchased through an online account at the Cerro Coso bookstore. Instructions for online textbook ordering will be provided upon scholarship approval.

To be eligible for the MLF Scholarship, students must have been a resident of Mono County for at least one year OR have graduated from a Mono County High School. Documentation may be requested for verification. To remain eligible for renewal each semester, students must be making satisfactory academic progress by completing units towards their educational goal up to a maximum of 60 degree-applicable units. Students must have achieved GPA of at least 2.5 in the previous semester of attendance and be in compliance with all published eligibility requirements. A scholarship student must approve the release of enrollment information to the Mammoth Lakes Foundation to qualify for the scholarship. The role of the scholarship student is to represent the Foundation and the College with integrity and behavior conducive to the values of the Foundation. Inappropriate behavior exhibited by the scholarship student is grounds for revocation of the scholarship to include tuition, books and housing, if applicable. Students must re-apply for the scholarship each semester.

By submitting the application for the Mammoth Lakes Foundation Scholarship, I understand that my name, address, phone number and email address will be made available to MLF. The standards set forth in the application are subject to amendment.

By initialing all items listed below, I agree to maintain all of the eligibility requirements of this Scholarship. I attest that the information provided in the application is correct. False information will result in the loss of my scholarship.

Please review the Housing and Transfer Scholarship applications for the specific requirements for those scholarships.

Why be a Dave's Scholar?

In addition to financial support for books and tuition, MLF offers invaluable mentorship to help students navigate community college and beyond. All Dave's Scholars are required to attend monthly brunches and regular check-ins with Cerro Coso and MLF staff to help students access all resources available to them in achieving their higher educational goals. Monthly brunches often feature a guest speaker from the community to connect with students about transfer information and application process for 4-year universities, career planning, financial planning, and mental health resources among other topics relevant to young adults navigating college life. Furthermore, MLF scholarship recipients in good standing are encouraged to apply for the Mammoth Lakes Rotary Scholarship and Mammoth Lakes Foundation Transfer Scholarships, which provide financial assistance for students pursuing a 4-year degree after graduating from Cerro Coso. 

Check out our Dave's Scholar Resources Page for helpful links to plan your higher education pathway.


Interested in learning more about MLF Scholarships?

Email Scholarship Coordinator Elizabeth Root below to receive the latest info on MLF scholarship programs. 

Thank you for contacting us!
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