The ALKU Scholarship

2018 ALKU Scholarship recipient

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

All application materials must be submitted online by Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
If you have any questions about this application, please contact C.T. Ransdell at
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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.

Learn about how with the support of his mentor, Ms. Lander, he was able to succeed through his many accomplishments on our blog