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SCHOLARSHIPS

Proud To Support Local Students

The MCF believes quality education is the best investment in life, for ourselves and for our children. The MCF offers numerous annual scholarships to support local students and Martis Camp Ambassadors in achieving their education goals. These scholarships are awarded by MCF Board members serving on the Scholarship Committee and include the Denise Martinez Scholarship, MCF 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.

MCF 2020 Scholarship Recipients

MCF 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 MCF Scholarship, attending UC Santa Cruz
Octavio Diaz, $24,000 MCF 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 MCF review.

2020: Jayda Walsh

Attending UC San Diego, working toward a teaching credential in chemistry.

2020: Benito Gonzalez

Attending UC Davis, majoring in engineering.

Previous Recipients:

2019: Aidan Kane
2019: Drew Wingard
2018: Sophia Curtis
2018: Jacob Inclan
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 mcf@martiscamp.com.

Martis Camp Foundation Scholarships

Martis Camp 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 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 MCF review.

2020: Nicole Heredia

Attending UC Santa Cruz, where she will study human biology and work toward getting a degree as a Physician Assistant. Her biggest dream is working for Doctors Without Borders.

2020: Octavio Diaz

Attending Santa Clara University to study structural engineering, business and mathematics. An exceptional candidate, Octavio received significant funding from Santa Clara University but the MCF felt he was deserving of additional funds to enable him to cover all his expenses.

Previous Recipients:

2019: Jacquelyn Campos-Araujo
2019: Zach Larson
2019: Jillian Ferre
2018: Mitzi Ayala
2018: 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 mcf@martiscamp.com.

Martis Camp Ambition Scholarships

In 2019, MCF 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 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 MCF review.

2020: Anaka Hudson

Majoring in psychology at California Baptist College, Anaka hopes to work with children and animals together as a therapist.

2020: Ilse Ruiz-Castro

Headed to CSU Long Beach and planning to major in journalism.

2020: Jaquelyne Velazquez-Gutierrez

The first in her family to attend college, planning to major in biology at CSU Long Beach and study to become a veterinarian.

2020: Chloe Schaecher

Involved in environmental volunteerism since childhood, Chloe will continue on this path at UC Davis.

Previous Recipients:

2019: Arturo Colmenares
2019: Dillon Hudson
2019: Brian Wolfe

  • 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 Foundation Scholarships, email mcf@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 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 mcf@martiscamp.com or by hard copy to the Camp Concierge at the Camp Lodge, in a sealed envelope addressed to MCF 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 mcf@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 MCF 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 upon receipt of official tuition statement. Awards do not cover after-school care, extracurricular activities, supplies or transportation costs.

For more information about Martis Camp Ambassador Scholarships, contact mcf@martiscamp.com.

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