The ALKU Scholarship

The ALKU Scholarship

Created in 2015 by ALKU CEO and MMP Board Member Mark Eldridge, the ALKU Scholarship is a $30,000 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
 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 parent or 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, August 7, 2020 at 5 pm EST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
If you have any questions about this application, please contact Meredith van der Walde at
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Meet Garshae: The 2020 ALKU Scholarship Winner

Garshae is a senior at Boston Community Leadership Academy and met her mentor, Rachel Weidenfeld from Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, when she was in fourth grade. One of the first things Rachel did was give Garshae the book Holes to read, which ignited a love of read and a hunger for academic achievement. During their weekly meetings, Rachel encouraged Garshae to always do her best, to try new things, and to challenge herself.  Garshae is an A student, a Debate Team champion, and a dedicated volunteer at the Paulist Center, serving meals to the homeless. According to Garshae, "it's important to have someone in your life that motivates you to do great things." With her scholarship, Garshae hopes to attend Spellman College next fall, majoring in mechanical engineering and business, winth an eye to attending law school afterwards.

You can hear her acceptance speech here from the 2019 Cheers to Mentoring event. 

Learn about her mentor here