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.
• 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
Meet Nellcie Bodden: The 2020 ALKU Scholarship Winner
Nellcie Bodden is a senior at City on a Hill in Roxbury. Bodden was matched with two mentors from the Minds Matter Boston program, both attorneys who encouraged Bodden’s interest in social justice. Bodden stated “Today’s society is not structured to benefit everyone equally. That is why I want to be a voice advocating for those who do not have a chance to speak up.” Bodden intends to use the scholarship to pursue a degree in psychology or political science. She is featured in a conversation with ALKU CEO and MMP Board Member Mark Eldridge discussing mentoring and the ALKU Scholarship.