Mountain View Book Scholarships
The Mountain View High School Foundation mission is to ensure the continuation of our Scholarship Program and guarantee graduating seniors have the resources necessary to pursue academic and personal goals. Foundation scholarships are funded by individuals, organizations, and community groups. Smaller donations and an anonymous endowment also assist in furthering the Foundation mission of meeting the post-secondary education financial needs of our graduates. Book Scholarships offer students an opportunity to win awards based on their personal reflections of how a book has affected their lives in a non-trivial way.
Cindy wrote her essay about the book Everyday by David Levithan, which tells the story of a soul who wakes up every morning and lives each day in a different person’s body. Cindy says that reading this book made her think about just how differently people experience the world and live their lives. It also made her grateful for her own body, her own life, and the opportunity to make each day count.
Sara wrote her essay about Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven, which tells the story of Eddie, a man who dies and whose earthly life is then explained to him by five very different people. The first person Eddie meets reveals to him that one thoughtless action he took as a young boy had an unintended but devastating impact on someone else. Reading this story has encouraged Sara to think before she acts and to consider the many possible consequences of her actions.
Michael wrote about Rey Sanchez’s autobiography entitled My Bloody Life, an account of how his abusive childhood drove him into the Latin Kings gang and cost him his friends, his freedom, and nearly his life. Michael says that this book gave him a glimpse of what might have happened to him, had he given in to the pressures placed on him to join a gang. It also made him thankful for some of his own choices.
Evelin wrote about the book Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. One of the two main characters, Alejandro, overcomes great odds to pursue his dream of going to college and changing the course of his life. Evelin can identify with facing great obstacles in pursuit of a dream, but reading about Alejandro’s situation has put her own struggles into perspective and has inspired her to persevere.
Eden wrote about the book Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, comparing it to Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. Eden was struck by the theme in both books of mankind’s struggle to control and alter nature through science. She also addressed the shared themes of alienation, loneliness, and the desire to conform to society’s ideals.
Maybelle wrote about her experience reading the book of Exodus from the Bible. Learning about how Moses resisted the temptation of temporary pleasures to pursue everlasting glory inspired her to practice similar self-discipline and set similar goals for herself.
Tim Choo wins an award for his essay on John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, the story of two unlikely friends, George and Lennie, who form a sort of family and long for simple independence and peace during the Great Depression. From these two men, Tim learned important lessons about the bonds of friendship, making difficult decisions, and living through tragedy…lessons he intends to keep in mind as he moves on to college.
Karla Bolanos Mejia wins an award for her essay on the book The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer. This nonfiction book is an account of Gaby’s senior high school social experiment to see how she’d be treated when she faked a pregnancy. Karla found she had much in common with Gaby in terms of resisting stereotypical expectations of young Latino women and, in turn, demanding the right to determine her own future and her own definition of success.