PCF scholars are talented and motivated local students who are the first generation in their families to attend college, who have a demonstrated record of giving back to their communities or families, and who may be overlooked by other scholarship programs.
We award scholarships to high school seniors graduating from the following mid-Peninsula schools: Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, Carlmont High School, East Palo Alto Academy, Eastside College Preparatory School, Gunn High School, Menlo-Atherton High School, Palo Alto High School, Sequoia High School, Summit Preparatory High School, and Woodside High School. San Jose High Schools: Downtown College Preparatory- Alum Rock High School, Latino College Preparatory Academy, San Jose High School, Mt. Pleasant High School, and William C. Overfelt High School.
PCF Scholar Spotlight
Jocelyn Morales, Nortre Dame de Namur University
Jocelyn Morales is a current PCF scholar who finished her junior year at Notre Dame de Namur University, an important time to secure a career-ladder summer internship. Helping our students with career-readiness and internships is a cornerstone of our comprehensive Scholar Program, and can require intensive one-on-one support. With funding from the Packard Foundation and the Palo Alto Community Fund, we are now able to provide greater support through our internship director, Denise Villamil, hired in October 2014.
Here’s how the process is working for Jocelyn, in her words.
“I really wanted to get a great internship to add to my resume, but the process of finding an internship can be overwhelming. I have been fortunate to get a lot of help through PCF’s internship program. I’ve worked closely with both Denise, and my mentor, Peg. They have guided me on getting an internship that best fits my skills and career focus. They helped with my resume, cover letters and a few important emails. Denise has spent a lot of time preparing me for phone and in-person interviews through mock interviews. I am very proud of the work I have accomplished, and thanks to Denise and Peg, my confidence has definitely blossomed. I’m so grateful. Thank you, PCF!”
We are so pleased that Jocelyn, who is a business major with an interest in pursuing a post graduation position in the financial sector, has secured a summer internship with Morgan Stanley in their Menlo Park office. Congratulations, Jocelyn, and thanks to Morgan Stanley for your involvement in the success of our PCF scholars!
Our current scholars served include: