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SCHOLARSHIPS

Proud To Support Local Students

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 Scholarship, Ambition Scholarship 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.

MCCF 2020 Scholarship Recipients

MCCF is pleased to announce and congratulate our 2020 scholarship recipients. Visit the News & Press section to read more about these accomplished local graduates.

Nicole Heredia, $60,000 MCCF Scholarship, attending UC Santa Cruz
Octavio Diaz, $24,000 MCCF Scholarship, attending Santa Clara University
Ilse Ruiz-Castro, $20,000 Ambition Scholarship, attending CSU Long Beach
Anaka Hudson, $20,000 Ambition Scholarship, attending California Baptist College
Jaquelyne Velazquez-Gutierrez, $20,000 Ambition Scholarship, attending CSU Long Beach
Chloe Schaecher, $20,000 Ambition Scholarship, attending UC Davis
Jayda Walsh, $20,000 Denise Martinez Scholarship, attending UC San Diego
Benito Gonzalez, $20,000 Denise Martinez Scholarship, attending UC Davis

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 to $20,000 maximum award, paid in annual installments 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.

2019: Aidan Kane

Aidan attends Cal and is majoring in business management. He was active in junior varsity football, the Northstar snowboard team, and earned the California Seal of Biliteracy.

2019: Drew Wingard

Drew attends Endicott College in Massachusetts. He is an exceptional athlete who has skied all over the world with the Squaw Valley Ski Team, competed on the Tahoe Truckee Golf Tour for three seasons, and was an outstanding high school football player.

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.

sophia curtis

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.

jacob inclan

Previous Recipients:

2017: Amanda Rae
2016: Karina Nuñez
2015: Phoebe Rogers
2014: Taylor Pugh
2013: Amanda Stewart
2012: Savannah Graham

  • 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 mccf@martiscamp.com.

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.

2019: Jacquelyn Campos-Araujo

Jacquelyn Campos-Araujo is an outstanding leader and scholar attending Pitzer College. Jacqui was active in the Teen Peace Club and La Fuerza Latina, a college access program for high achieving, under-represented Latino students. Her interest in STEM got her involved in Girls Who Code and mentoring middle school students. Jacqui plans to return to Truckee someday to make a positive impact in the area.

2019: Zach Larson

Zach Larson is a brilliant student, top athlete, and active in community and school. He is one of only 4.3% of applicants who were accepted at Stanford. His dream is to build a smaller, more powerful, more efficient battery.

2019: Jillian Ferre

Jillian Ferre attends the University of Arizona nursing program. She is active in leadership, was a contributor to the North Lake Tahoe School Newspaper, participated in Far West ski racing, was runner-up in the state cross-country running championship, and is active in her community.

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.

mitzi ayala

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.

abraham gonzales
  • 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, email mccf@martiscamp.com.

Martis Camp Ambition Scholarships

In 2019, MCCF established the Ambition Scholarship, initiated by an anonymous donor with a passion to support foster children. Three Ambition Scholarships of $20,000 were awarded in 2019.

Provided by the Martis Camp Community Foundation.

$20,000 per scholarship awarded upon successful application by qualified candidates.

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.

2019: Arturo Colmenares

Arturo Colmenares attends UNR, majoring in Early Childhood Education with the intention of becoming a kindergarten teacher so he can help abused children. He’s worked to create supportive role models for younger boys at the Boys & Girls Club.

2019: Dillon Hudson

Dillon Hudson attends UCLA and is majoring in chemistry. He would like to go into the health care industry and develop new technologies and materials to make advancements in health and medicine.

2019: Brian Wolfe

Brian Wolfe was a Model UN President voted Hardest Working Student in his high school class. He attends UCLA and is majoring in Political Sciences and Government. He received AP Scholar with Distinction and the California Seal of Biliteracy. His goal is to someday be the governor of California.

  • 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.
  • 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, email mccf@martiscamp.com.

Martis Camp Ambassador Scholarships

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

Provided by the Martis Camp Community Foundation.

Ambassador Scholarship awards are subject to the following limitations:

Continuing Education & Tutoring:
Up to $3,500 per year for Ambassadors and their children

PreK-12th Grade Tuition Assistance:
Up to $5,000 per year for children of Ambassadors

College Tuition Assistance:
Up to $5,000 per year for children of Ambassadors

Each Ambassador is limited to a lifetime maximum of $25,000 for scholarship awards.

Applications and information are available to all Ambassadors throughout the calendar year. Applications are accepted quarterly with deadlines on March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1. Applicants are notified within one month of the deadline for the quarter in which they have applied.

2019 Ambassador Scholarship Recipients

• Damarys Los: continuing education assistance to attend UNR
• Conor Ball: tuition assistance for his son to attend pre-K at TEA
• Aidan Kane: tuition assistance to attend UC Berkeley
• Lynn White: tuition assistance for her daughter at UNR School of Medicine
• Cheyenne Brown: continuing education assistance to attend Colorado Mountain College
• Sydney Stokes: tuition assistance for her daughter to attend Discovery Preschool
• Malenie Corral: continuing education assistance for Western Governors University
• Kristin McCormack: continuing education assistance to attend Truckee Meadows Community College

martis camp ambassador scholarships

2018 Ambassador Scholarship Recipients (pictured above)

• Ryan Phillips (right): continuing education assistance for Sierra Meadows Community College
• Gelber Malo (second from right): tuition assistance for his son to attend BYU Idaho
• Jeff & Joan Sarlo (left): tuition assistance for their daughter to attend UNR
• Cindy Rodriguez (not pictured): continuing education assistance for Sierra College
• Kelly Turner (center): tuition assistance for her daughter to attend Discovery Pre-School
• Rhett Kopp (third from left): tuition assistance for his son to attend Tahoe Expedition Academy (TEA)

  • 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 $156,667 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 are available to all Ambassadors throughout the calendar year.
  • Applications are accepted quarterly with deadlines on March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
  • Applications may be submitted in English or Spanish.
  • Submit applications either by PDF to mccf@martiscamp.com or by hard copy to the Camp Concierge at the Camp Lodge, in a sealed envelope addressed to MCCF Ambassador Scholarship Committee.
  • Applicants are notified within one month of the deadline for the quarter in which they have applied.
  • If an urgent need for a child’s tutoring or a continuing education course arises outside the normal, quarterly application deadlines, email mccf@martiscamp.com to inquire if an out-of-cycle application could be considered and explain why it is urgent.
  • 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 mccf@martiscamp.com.

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