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.


PCF Scholar Spotlight 

Jocelyn Morales, Nortre Dame de Namur University

Jocelyn Morales

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: 

  • Pierre Abdel-Malek, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Alexis Aceves, UC Los Angeles
  • Elias Acosta Mendoza, Santa Clara University 
  • Mayte Aguilar Cruz, UC Merced
  • Edgar Aguirre, UC Irvine
  • Ca'Shea Airy, Los Angeles Valley College
  • Dalia Angel, San Jose State University
  • Flor Aquino Ortiz, UC Merced
  • Mariela Arceo Madriz, UC Merced
  • Jocelyn Arellano, San Francisco State University
  • Cesar Avalos Diaz, UC Merced
  • Ingrid Avila, Willamette University
  • Martha Avila-Zavala, Whittier College 
  • Viviana Barragan, Foothill College 
  • Dalia Barrientos, University of San Francisco 
  • Marina Betancourt Santoyo, UC Merced
  • Gladys Bustos, UC Los Angeles
  • Grisell Canas, UC Merced
  • Diana Carranza, San Jose State University  
  • Araceli Castaneda-Ramirez, San Francisco State University
  • Paul Santiago Chavez, UC Merced
  • Stephanie Contreras, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Jose Corado, UC Riverside 
  • Miguel Cornelio, San Francisco State University
  • Jennifer Cuevas, Santa Clara University 
  • Lizette Cuevas, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Aureliano Davila, UC Irvine
  • Karla Delgado, UC Davis
  • Luis Del Rosario, San Jose State University 
  • Cristian Diaz, UC Merced
  • Adrian Esqueda, UC Santa Cruz
  • Ilaisaane Fakalata, Saint Mary's College of California
  • Niesha Ford, College of Saint Benedict
  • Corine Forward, Georgetown University
  • Serena Galindo, UC Santa Cruz
  • Mayra Garcia, UC Riverside
  • Suleyma Garcia, San Jose State University
  • Smriti Gautam, UC Santa Cruz
  • Andre Gomes, Boston College
  • Jordan Gomez, UC Santa Barbara
  • Liliana Guillen, UC Los Angeles
  • Elisa Guizar Chavez, UC Riverside 
  • Yarely Guzman-Lopez, San Francisco State University           
  • Angel Hernandez Mora, San Jose State University 
  • Guiselle Hernandez, UC Santa Barbara
  • Abigail Lopez Ramirez, UC Santa Barbara
  • Dalia Lopez, CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Yunuen Lopez, UC Santa Cruz
  • David Lozano Camacho, San Jose State University 
  • Lupe Maafu, UC Davis
  • Kevin Maravilla, Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Jose Martinez Luna, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Samuel Medrano, Wesleyan University
  • Nitzia Mendoza, CSU East Bay 
  • Jocelyn Morales, Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Carol Joselyn Murguia Hernandez, UC Merced
  • Gexsy Nava, UC Irvine
  • Victor Nieto, UC Santa Cruz
  • Melissa Olvera, University of Redlands
  • Sharon Ontiveros Cuevas, University of San Francisco 
  • Erik Ortega, UC Berkeley
  • Cristal Ortiz-Valencia, CSU Chico
  • Tiffany Palomar, UC Riverside
  • Carla Paredes, UC Riverside
  • Alejandra Pelayo, University of Redlands
  • Gabriela Perez, UC Riverside
  • Rossmeri Ramirez, CSU Sacramento
  • Ariandy Jimenez Reyes, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Destiny Rivers, CSU East Bay
  • Amanda Russell, Diablo Valley College
  • Halemah Shuman, Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Xochilt Silva, CSU Chico
  • Roshana Smith, Whittier College
  • Talmai Soto Abarca, Canada College
  • Alexis Straiten, Loyola Marymount University
  • Jose Torres, University of Redlands
  • Vanessa Tostado, Wesleyan University
  • Francisco Trejo, San Francisco State University
  • Ana Trevino, UC Santa Cruz
  • Gemma Urena, UC Santa Cruz
  • Francisco Valencia Arroyo, CSU Sacramento 
  • Rosalia Valencia, UC Merced
  • Samuel Vasquez, San Francisco State University 
  • Lyla Washaha, UC Santa Barbara 
  • Ashley Washington, San Francisco State University
  • Brigitte Yerena, San Jose State University