The Karen Doss-Family, Love, Respect


The Karen Herrick Doss Family Love Respect Scholarship, presented by Karen’s daughters, Katie and Jamie, and sister, Jody.


Success Stories:

Maybelle Quiroz


     In Maybelle’s scholarship essay she wrote, ‘The moment I placed my navy blue flats onto the floors at Mountain View High School, I felt a sense of acceptance I never experienced in my base school.’  ‘In my life,’ she continued ‘I have experienced a frustrating past of personal setbacks and failures.  However, the friendliness and openness the staff and students contributed to a positive change in my life.”  At Mountain View the experience Maybelle wrote about and that Karen Doss felt is called Family, Love and Respect. It is what prompted my mother/wife to create this scholarship.  Maybelle continued ‘The beautiful thing about struggling is how we overcome it and prove to be much stronger than we thought.  I believe that the people who go through the most are the ones who turn out to be the strongest and wisest.’  Mr. Hardy, Maybelle’s social studies teacher agrees, “Maybelle has come a long way from her first days in my class.  She is better and stronger for having dealt positively with adversity and personal crisis.  Her maturity and confidence are evident daily.”  This maturity grew in part from that acceptance she felt the first day at Mountain View.  Family, Love, Respect.

Erfan Mozzaffarivala


     Erfan is an impressive young man who accomplished much while at Mountain View.  Although he was distracted for a time, he is firmly back on the path to success.  Part of getting back on track included becoming an editor of the Mountain View Mirror and a founding associate of the Mountain View Media Lab.  Providing tutoring to chemistry students on his own time was yet another indication of his commitment to that change and his willingness to give back.

     In his scholarship essay Erfan wrote, “It was because of this wonderful school that I had the chance to take a second look at my life, where I was, where I wanted to be, and where I was actually going.  It was then that I decided it’s time to grow up and pursue my dreams and stop at nothing until I’ve achieved them no matter how bumpy the ride might be.”  Congratulations on all that you have and will accomplished. 

Jose Lopez


     Last summer Jose realized his procrastination, when it came to school, had adversely affected his chance to graduate with his class.  He described himself, at that time, as one who didn’t stress over school and just wanted to “take it easy.”  Not graduating with his class made him realize that’s not what real life’s about. September found him enrolled in Mountain View.  His thoughts as he entered the school for the first time were that he was entering a building filled with people he had no wish to associate with.

     It didn’t take him long to recognize how wrong he was.  At Mountain View he found a staff and teachers who, in his words, “genuinely cared for me as a person and helped me find my drive to succeed.”  He had a government teacher who showed him respect and who Jose deeply respected as well.  He earned Honors credit in English and was encourage by his English teacher to continue writing fiction, “the worlds of his own creation.”  Jose writes in his scholarship essay he is now ready to “forge my own matter if good or bad, I’m moving forward with my head held high.” Family, Love and Respect.  Congratulations Jose!