Martis Camp Community Foundation



The mission of the Martis Camp Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Truckee community by making a positive impact in the areas of education, youth development, human services and recreation.

Outdoor lifestyle and recreation
Connection to the Greater Truckee community
Helping others
Access to quality education and housing

MCCF Newsletter
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Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about the MCCF? View, print and download our FAQs here to learn more about the Martis Camp Community Foundation and its mission.

Community Grants
MCCF Community Grants are awarded annually in October. Grants are evaluated based on their alignment with the mission of the MCCF. If you are interested in applying for a grant, visit our Community Grants page to download an application and learn more about our grantmaking process and requirements.

2017 Grant Recipients

Sagehen Outdoor Education Program
Headwaters Science Institute/TTUSD
Glenshire Special Friends
Tahoe Food Hub – Farm to School
Aim High
Arts for the Schools
La Fuerza Latina

Youth Development
Adventure Risk Challenge
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Lake Tahoe
Girls on the Run
Gateway Mountain Center
Big Brother & Big Sisters
Truckee Community Theatre

Human Services
Family Resource Center of Truckee
North Tahoe Family Resource Center
Truckee Community Christmas
Project MANA
Tahoe Safe Alliance
Cold Weather Emergency Warming Center

Truckee Bike Park

The Martis Camp Community Foundation (MCCF) was created in 2010 to support the Truckee community. Initially funded by Martis Camp developers and various annual club events, the MCCF is now funded and run by the members of Martis Camp. Since 2011, the MCCF has raised almost $1 million and granted more than $750,000 to local non-profit organizations and students in need. We expect to triple that number in the coming years and are aiming for 100% participation from our members. We are excited to see the MCCF become part of the fabric of our community.

Linda Trocki

Ann Engstrom

Valerie Lemmon

Board of Directors
Kristin Abbott
Judie Beaty
Ann Burchill
John Earnhardt
Ann Engstrom
Valerie Lemmon
Kasey McJunkin
Jim Morrison
Denise Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Steven Romick
Sydney Stokes
Linda Trocki
Barbie Witmer



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MCCF Grant Application

The Martis Camp Community Foundation awards community grants on an annual basis each fall. The application deadline is September 1st and grant awards are announced by October 1st. Grants are evaluated based on their alignment with the mission of the MCCF. To apply for a grant, download our Grant Application (above), provide the requested information and email the completed application to the MCCF.

Please note, the grant application window for 2017-2018 is closed. Grant applications submitted after October 1st, 2017 will be considered for the 2018-2019 award cycle.

Truckee Bike Park, a 2017 Community Grant Recipient

Truckee Bike Park, a 2017 Community Grant Recipient

Grant Focus Areas
Grants are awarded to programs that have a significant impact on the greater Truckee community in four focus areas:

The MCCF supports educational institutions that promote learning and intellectual development and that make education more accessible and effective for all students.

Youth Development
The MCCF supports organizations that provide services, opportunities and supports that enable young people to develop to their full potential.

Human Services
The MCCF supports organizations that provide direct services to people in need, and help them lead safe, healthy and productive lives.

The MCCF supports organizations that improve the number and quality of recreational options that enhance the enjoyment and health of residents and visitors alike.

Application Requirements
• All applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format.
• Complete submissions must include the application, a formal letter of request (no more than three pages), and supplemental documents. Detailed instructions are included in the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
• Applications are due by September 1st at 5:00 p.m. PST. Late applications will not be reviewed.

Email your completed application to

Additional Information
A member of the MCCF Grant Committee may reach out to the Primary Contact on the application if further information is needed for review.
• The grant period is 12 months from the grant approval date. A brief summary report is due 30 days after the end of the grant period. Details for the summary report will be included in the grant agreement (at the time of the grant disbursement).

2017 Community Grants Summary
In 2017, 21 non-profit organizations and four students received a total of $173,867 in community grants and scholarships from the MCCF. Grant recipients include:


Adventure Risk Challenge
ARC provides literacy and leadership for underserved youth in the Tahoe Truckee Region. Students attend weekend retreats, week-long retreats, and/or 40-day retreats. They spend time camping, kayaking, rock climbing, and completing ropes courses in addition to developing writing, reading, and public speaking skills. One hundred youth are served each year.


Aim High
Aim High nurtures, prepares, and inspires middle school students during critical summer months, helping to prevent learning loss and prepare students for the upcoming school year and the transition to high school. Aim High focuses on underserved youth in the Tahoe Truckee community.


Arts for the Schools
Arts for the Schools was founded in 1984 to address the decline in arts programming and access to the arts for communities in the Sierra Nevada Mountain region. Arts for the Schools believes that access and exposure to the arts is essential for all. Programs include: Performing Arts Education program, Visual Arts Education program, onstage public performance services, and The Breakfast Club where youth create and curate visual and performing art.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Through funding from the MCCF, Big Brothers Big Sisters has continued matching children and youth with adult mentors in our area. Matches here average 43 months – much higher than the 28-month national average. Kids who are mentored have improved self-confidence and school performance. The Town of Truckee Police Department is an active mentoring partner of the program.

Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe

Boys and Girls Clubs of North Lake Tahoe
BGCNLT has provided high quality youth development services in North Lake Tahoe/Truckee since 1998. Programs are offered to children ages 3-18 and are affordable to all families. Focus is on the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, health and life skills, education and career development, and character and leadership development. More than 200 children are served in summer programs and 120 children attend after-school programs.

Family Resource Center of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe

Family Resource Center of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe
The Family Resource Center provides a safety net for underserved community members. Their mission is to promote social and economic success by providing education, mobilizing resources and advocating for change. They serve more than 1,000 families per year. Their focus areas are health and wellness, housing and employment, legal advocacy and mediation, parent education and child development, and youth support and family-oriented events.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run
Founded in 1996, Girls on the Run helps girls ages 8-13 to develop the skills and confidence they need to avoid conforming to a set of social standards for girls/women that are often unattainable and dangerous to their health and well-being. Their programs are physical-activity based. They teach life skills and physical skills concurrently.

Headwaters Science Institute

Headwaters Science Institute
HSI provides K-12 students the unique opportunity to conduct original research and pursue answers through self-led scientific experiences.

La Fuerza Latina scholars with Program Director Craig Rowe

La Fuerza Latina (scholars pictured with Program Director Craig Rowe)
La Fuerza Latina identifies highly motivated and qualified Latino students and prepares them for college with course selection, summer programs, college preparation tests, and college admissions and interviews. Students have been accepted to UCSD, UCSB, UC Berkeley, Wesleyan, Yale, UCLA, Penn, University of Chico, Pepperdine and Willamette, as well as half a dozen CSUs.

Kidzone Museum

Kidzone Museum
Created 25 years ago, Kidzone Museum inspires learning through creative play and discovery. Kidzone Museum works closely with child development specialists to create fun and creative learning environments for children ages seven and under.

Project MANA

Project MANA
Project MANA was founded in 1991. Their goal is to provide emergency food needs for high-risk, low-income children, individuals, seniors and families in the Tahoe/Truckee community. From 2016-2017, Project MANA provided assistance to 2,100 people.

Sagehen Outdoor Education Program

Sagehen Outdoor Education Program
A grant from the MCCF provided an outdoor education and science program to all fifth graders in the Tahoe Truckee School District. Thirteen classes attended two- and three-day fall programs at Sagehen Creek Field Station, and the program continued in the spring with additional one-day sessions.

Special Friends, Glenshire Elementary
Special Friends allows students to interact with an adult one-on-one without distractions. Students may be referred by teachers, counselors, or self-refer. Students who are experiencing problems adjusting due to changes in the family, a recent move, etc. benefit from uninterrupted playtime with an adult. Special Friends assists 80-100 students.

Tahoe Food Hub

Tahoe Food Hub
The mission of Tahoe Food Hub is to build a regional, sustainable and equitable food system in the region. A regional and local food system increases market opportunities for small farms within 150 miles while increasing access to local, year-round food production.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance
Established in 1985, the mission of the Tahoe SAFE Alliance is to end the incidence and trauma of intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in Truckee/North Tahoe. More than 830 community members were served in 2016-2017.

Tahoe-Truckee School of Music
Tahoe-Truckee School of Music provides music scholarships in the Tahoe Truckee region.


Truckee Bike Park
Truckee Bike Park serves 40,000 people a year. They provide a venue to learn and practice mountain biking skills. These skills help to increase concentration and self-confidence. The bike park is enjoyed by children and adults of all ages and is an excellent place for families to play together.


Truckee Community Christmas
Funds granted by the MCCF helped Truckee Community Christmas provide food, coats and toys for 424 children, 342 adults and 147 seniors – making it a warmer and happier holiday season for more than 900 people.

Truckee/North Tahoe Emergency Warming Center

Truckee/North Tahoe Emergency Warming Center
The EWC provides food and shelter to those without places to stay when temperatures drop to 15 degrees or below for a period of four hours overnight, a foot or more of snow drops overnight, and other severe weather conditions occur such as extended periods of high wind, heavy rain, and low temperatures. More than 250 volunteers donate food, clothing, time and money. So far this year they have been open over 30 nights.

The MCCF believes quality education is the best investment in life, for ourselves and for our children. The MCCF offers numerous annual scholarships to support local students and Martis Camp Ambassadors in achieving their education goals. These scholarships are awarded by MCCF Board members serving on the Scholarship Committee and include the Denise Martinez Scholarship, MCCF Scholarships and Martis Camp Ambassador Scholarships for eligible Martis Camp employees and their children. Read on for more information about funding, awards, recent recipients and guidelines for applying.

Denise Martinez Scholarship
The Denise Martinez Scholarship provides assistance for deserving youth who will be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited school. The award is based on merit and need.

Funds are raised primarily at The Martinez Member-Ambassador golf tournament. Additional funds may be raised from other activities held at Martis Camp.

$10,000 award, to be paid $2,500 annually for up to four years. If funds allow, $500-$1,000 awards may be made to individuals on an annual basis.

The committee meets annually in May to determine the recipient for the upcoming school year. Applications are screened by the Truckee Tahoe Community Scholarship Committee which recommends qualified students for MCCF review.

Denise Martinez Scholarship Recipients


2018: Sophia Curtis
Sophia grew up in a Truckee family involved in food services management and worked alongside them. She also worked at the Martis Camp Family Barn as a camp counselor, where she earned a reputation as an exceptional leader as well as being reliable and skilled. Another very strong student with a high GPA, Sophia excelled in soccer and track and field in high school and was vice president of her senior class. She also spent many hours volunteering at KidZone Museum in Truckee. She is very creative with an interest in art and psychology, and is described as uncommonly kind, intelligent, collaborative and mature.  She will attend Loyola Marymount in the fall.


2018: Jacob Inclan
Jacob grew up in Tahoma and graduated from North Tahoe High. He is a three-varsity-sport athlete — golf, Nordic skiing and cross country running (captain), as well as a committed jazz band musician. While maintaining a high GPA, he worked as a junior ski instructor at the Squaw Kids ski school, whose director considered him one of the best junior instructors they ever hired and “wise beyond his years.” He credits hard work and influential people like his golf, cross country and Nordic coaches who helped shape his behaviors and goals. He’ll attend San Diego State to study mechanical engineering in the fall.

2017: Amanda Rae
The MCCF proudly awarded the 2017 Denise Martinez Scholarship to Truckee High School graduate Amanda Rae. Amanda is an impressive young woman, running cross country and track during high school while maintaining a weighted 4.2 GPA. Her coach says, “She is the athlete and friend supporting others when they are down, bringing up the team spirit when morale is low, and always turning a negative into a positive.” Amanda will attend University of California, Davis where she will pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.

2016: Karina Nuñez
The MCCF proudly awarded the 2016 Denise Martinez Scholarship to Truckee High School graduate Karina Nuñez. Karina achieved a 4.29 GPA, ranked 10th in her class, and played varsity basketball, softball and volleyball. In her free time, she founded a non-profit organization that fosters relationships between youth and elders in the Tahoe community. Karina will attend UC Berkeley in the fall, focusing on social justice and advocacy with the goal of attending law school. MCCF Board Member Nicole Bailey adds, “Karina is even more impressive in person – and her parents are SO proud!” Martis Camp and the MCCF wish Karina the best of luck in pursuing her dreams.

2015: Phoebe Rogers
2014: Taylor Pugh
2013: Amanda Stewart
2012: Savannah Graham

Applicant Guidelines

  • Applicant must be a high school senior enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited school in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD).
  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0,and plan on attending school in the fall of the year the scholarship is awarded.
  • Applicant’s family household income will be considered, and tax returns must be provided upon request.
  • Extra-curricular activities should be noted, and up to three letters of recommendations from teachers, coaches, employers, etc., will be considered.
  • Applicants must embody the ideals and qualities of Denise Martinez: hard work, fair play, kindness and integrity.
  • Preference may be given to students who are employees or caddies of Martis Camp, or whose parents are employees of Martis Camp. Preference may also be given to students who play golf on a team or as a pastime. (Preference will be considered after merit and need are assessed and weighed against other applicants.)

For more information about Denise Martinez Scholarships, email


Martis Camp Community Foundation Scholarships
Martis Camp Community Foundation Scholarships are valued at $7,500-$15,000 annually for a total of $30,000-$60,000. They are awarded to local high school students based on academics, financial need, extracurricular activities and likelihood to make a difference in the world.

Provided by the Martis Camp Community Foundation.

$7,500-$15,000 annually for a total of $30,000-$60,000.

The committee meets annually in May to determine the recipient for the upcoming school year. Applications are screened by the Truckee Tahoe Community Scholarship Committee which recommends qualified students for MCCF review.

Martis Camp Community Foundation Scholarship Recipients


2018: Mitzi Ayala
Mitzi overcame childhood trauma and an education split between Mexico and Truckee to earn a 4.02 weighted grade-point-average and score high on her SATs. A visionary teacher at Truckee High (Craig Rowe) recognized her potential in the ninth grade and drafted her into the mentoring program he created, called La Fuerza Latina. This mentoring program, also supported by a grant from MCCF, helps Latino students develop academic, community service and leadership skills necessary to get them into top colleges.  While helping her mother clean houses to help support her family, Mitzi gave snowboarding lessons to disadvantaged children, participated in the Yale YoungGlobal Scholars program last summer, organized “Meet the Mayor” in Truckee, and took college courses at Sierra College. Mitzi is truly driven, intellectually curious and resilient, as well as a very giving person. She will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall to major in Pre-Med.


2018: Abraham Gonzales
Abraham started his life in Truckee but moved back to Mexico with his family for middle school when the economic recession hit in 2008. This experience inspired him study ways to give everyone a fair opportunity to succeed, whether they are from a big city in the US or a small town in Mexico. Since returning and attending Truckee High, Abraham excelled in academics and his SATs. He participated in the Model UN, played varsity soccer, was a member of the Robotics team and volunteered at the Family Resource Center. To earn money for college and help his family, he worked with his father (a construction laborer) learning some engineering skills in the process, shoveled snow, and had a summer internship with Aztec Building and Design. Abraham will attend USC in the fall and major in engineering. He has great attitude, leadership and passion.

Martis Camp Community Foundation Scholarship Applicant Guidelines

  • Applicants must be a student from Truckee/North Tahoe high schools.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.6.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated leadership, be involved in the community and have extra-curricular activities.
  • Applicant’s family household income will be taken into consideration.
  • In addition to the personal essay already submitted, the applicant must provide an essay on how they think they can make a difference in the world.
  • The scholarship will depend upon the college/university attended. For a California State University (Chico, Sacramento, etc.) they will receive a $30,000 scholarship over four years ($7,500 per year). For a University of California (Cal, Davis, etc.) or one of the top 50 colleges/universities, as ranked by U. S. News and World Reports, they will receive up to $60,000 (not to exceed tuition, room & board) over four years ($15,000 per year).
  • Candidates must submit all financial offers previously received. Scholarships will be granted based upon overall financial aid already granted.
  • There is no obligation to award funds if suitable candidates are not found.

For more information about Martis Camp Community Foundation Scholarships, contact


Martis Camp Ambassador Scholarships
Martis Camp Ambassador Scholarships provide continuing education, trade school and college tuition assistance to eligible Martis Camp Ambassadors. In addition, they provide Pre-K through 12th grade tuition assistance and tutoring awards to eligible dependents of Ambassadors.

Provided by the Martis Camp Community Foundation.

Up to $3,500 the first year, limited to a lifetime maximum of $15,000.

The committee meets annually in May to determine the recipient(s) for the upcoming school year. Off-cycle requests will be considered on an as needed basis. Applications are reviewed by the MCCF Scholarship committee.

2018 Ambassador Scholarship Recipients


Ryan Phillips (right) is a valued employee of the Security team and an Afghanistan vet who seeks to earn a college degree to further his career. He’ll be attending Sierra Meadows Community College and believes that finishing school with the help of this scholarship is the key to his success.

Gelber Malo (second from right) of Food & Beverage for his son, Alex, attending BYU Idaho for Fall, 2018 – Spring, 2019. Gelber works in the Camp Lodge kitchen and Alex has worked alongside his father. Alex will be the first member of his family to earn a college degree and is majoring in business.

Jeff & Joan Sarlo (left) of Golf for their daughter Marie attending UNR for the academic year Fall, 2018 – Spring 2019. Marie will be in her senior year and will use her scholarship to continue exploring her love of creative writing.

Cindy Rodriguez (not pictured), Ladies Locker Room attendant, for continuing education at Sierra College.

Kelly Turner (center) of Architecture Review for her daughter Charlotte attending Discovery Pre-School. The Pre-school is doing a tremendous job nurturing Charlotte’s self-expression and love for learning.

Rhett Kopp (third from left) of Outside Services for his son Reo’s attendance at Tahoe Expedition Academy (TEA). Rhett is seeking his PGA credential and relying on seasonal employment. The scholarship will help keep Reo enrolled in the program in which he is flourishing at TEA.

Applicant Eligibility & Guidelines

  • Courses eligible for Martis Camp job-related educational assistance are not supported.
  • We do not provide support for travel expenses, daycare, extracurricular activities, sports programs, etc.
  • Ambassadors earning more than a combined household annual gross income of $150,000 are not eligible. Annual gross income is defined as the total of all forms of gross income, prior to deductions, including pre-tax adjustments or deductions, contributions to retirement accounts or cafeteria plans, i.e., social security wages per W-2 form, and includes any self-employment or rental property income.
  • Awards are based on financial need (tuition costs, income, size of household or individual circumstances).
  • For 7th-12th grade students, academic standing, outstanding achievement and community service are also taken into consideration.
  • Candidates must be strongly committed and have in place a well thought-out educational vision (for their dependents if they are applying for funds for them) and complete their goals in a timely manner.
  • College scholarships are available to those who are not eligible for the Denise Martinez Scholarship.
  • Applications and information available to all Ambassadors in early February.

Application Timeline & Process

  • For applications due by April 13th, recipients notified by April 27th, 2018.
  • The Scholarship Committee will thoroughly review all applications and make recommendations based on need, personal statement, and academic goals.
  • Applications for continuing education and tutoring under $1,000 will be considered throughout the year, if funds are available.
  • For college scholarships students will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and submit a letter to the MCCF Board at the end of each school year with description of the most incredible thing they learned that year, as well as the most difficult thing they have had to overcome. Proof of enrollment is also required.
  • Awards payable directly to educational institution or reimbursed to Ambassador upon evidence of successful completion and official tuition statements. Awards do not cover afterschool care, extracurricular activities, supplies or transportation costs.

For more information about Martis Camp Ambassador Scholarships, contact


Through generous donations, the Martis Camp Community Foundation is able to continue making a positive impact in the greater Truckee community. If you would like to make a donation to the MCCF, acceptable payment methods are listed below.

The Martis Camp Community Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation (Tax ID 27-3532704). Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A receipt of your donation(s) to the MCCF will be mailed to you at the end of the year.

Make your check payable, in any amount, to the MCCF and mail it to:
Martis Camp
Attn: MCCF
7951 Fleur du Lac Drive
Truckee, CA 96161

Donation Form (for Martis Camp members only)
Download the MCCF Donation Form, fill in the required fields and return it to us by email, post or in person at the concierge desk at the Camp Lodge.

Member Charge (available to Martis Camp members only)
Send an email to with the following details:
Member number
Name to record/recognize the gift
Donation amount
One-time or monthly recurring donation (please specify)

Thank you for your support of the Martis Camp Community Foundation.

Truckee/North Tahoe Area Student Athletes Earn Martis Camp Community Foundation Scholarship Funds

TRUCKEE, Calif. (Monday, May 19, 2014) – Truckee and North Tahoe area student athletes Noah Rodarte, Sawyer Coll, Blaise Bibolet, Mia Bibolet, Mikey Lampe and Samantha Lampe have been recognized for their academic achievement, community service, and dedication to the Northstar Ski and Snowboard Teams.

In partnership with the Martis Camp Community Foundation, the Northstar Team Foundation proudly announced the six recipients of the 2014 Martis Camp Scholarship, valued at $5,000, at the honors ceremony held Saturday, May 17 at the Family Barn in Martis Camp.  The Martis Camp Scholarship was created in 2013 to support local student athletes who dedicate service in their community.

“While we are extremely proud of all our recipients, we called special attention to our local Truckee student athletes, Noah Rodarte and Sawyer Coll, who both compete with the Northstar Freeride Teams,” said Jordan Bender, a director and board member with the Northstar Team Foundation.  “Noah and Sawyer are so impressive, particularly for elementary school students.  Their devotion to community service in Truckee, including participation in Truckee Day and collection for local food donation reflect their commitment to their community.  Noah additionally helps with the Salvation Army, Little Free Libraries and Young Life Adventures, while Sawyer spends extra time volunteering with Sierra Senior Services and his school’s PTO,” he added.

Additional scholarship fund recipients included Blaise Bibolet, Mia Bibolet, Mikey Lampe and Samantha Lampe—all of whom attend junior high and high school in the area.  In addition to academic dedication, all show remarkable commitment for their other team sports, as well as community churches and non-profit volunteerism at Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and Operation Christmas Child.  “This year’s recipients possess exceptional ability and enthusiasm for balancing their academics, community involvement, and sports participation,” Bender said.  “We are so proud of them.”

About Northstar Team Foundation
The Northstar Team Foundation is a separate entity from the Northstar team program.  Guided by its mission to support excellence, create community and inspire athletes, the N.T.F.’s dedicated group of parent volunteers provides need and performance-based scholarships, continuing education and incentives for coaches while encouraging an active parent community. The N.T.F. believes that necessary ski and ride skills are also important life skills, regardless of the level to which a young athlete aspires.  The N.T.F. functions to promote healthy youth through snow sports and to support families who strive to provide meaningful opportunities through academics, winter sports, and community engagement.


Contact: Jordan Bender, Northstar Team Foundation, 310.293.3495

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