The ALKU Scholarship

The ALKU Scholarship

Created in 2015 by ALKU CEO and Founder and MMP Board Member, Mark Eldridge, the ALKU Scholarship is a $20,000 college scholarship for rising high school seniors. Through Mark's leadership and generosity, the scholarship provides youth the opportunity to apply for financial support to achieve their full potential as they pursue their college careers. 

By providing financial resources, ALKU and MMP together aim to build the capacity of organizations to connect youth to a broader web of support, build on the opportunities their existing mentoring relationships have offered them and help eliminate any barriers to future academic, economic, or social success. 
In order to qualify for the award, the student must be...
  • enrolled in a high school within Massachusetts;
  • a rising senior;
  • planning on applying to a four-year, accredited institution to acquire a Bachelor's degree in any field;
  • engaged in an empowering youth-adult relationship (defined as any adult other than the applicant's legal guardian who provides friendship, guidance and support) for at least one year;
  • able to demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and a commitment to their communities

Meet Daniel: The 2017 ALKU Scholarship Winner

Daniel is a senior at North High School in Worcester, Massachusetts and attends the African Community Education (ACE) program. One of MMP’s partner programs, ACE works with African refugee and immigrant youth and families in achieving educational and social stability through access to academic support, leadership development, cultural expression and community outreach. After high school, Daniel hopes to study physics or biology, and continue his love of learning for science and math.

Learn about how with the support of his mentor, Frank, he was able to overcome various barriers in life on our blog


  • Know the perfect candidate? Download and share this PDF with youth you know who may be interested in applying! 
  • Have Questions? Email Kelsey Renner, Manager of Resource Development, at