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.
• 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 Julian: The 2019 ALKU Scholarship Winner
Julian is a senior at Lowell High School and met his mentor of two years, Ms. Lander, a history teacher, during his sophomore year. In the Spring of his Sophomore year, Julian, working in Ms. Lander's History course, helped lead his class's action civics class work, as they collaborated with local agencies to tackle gun violence in their community. Working with the local police and more than 30 organizations, businesses and local houses of faith, Julian and his classmates ran a successful gun-buyback event, where the police collected 39 unwanted guns. Julian became invested in advocating for active civics education for his peers across the Commonwealth. He sits on a a national civics youth leadership board working to advise on civic education, has spoken at numerous events about the importance of civics education, has advocated for the recent civic education bill at the State House, and written a related Op-ed for WBUR's Cognoscenti.