Our Scholarship Program is the only one of its kind in Placer County that provides renewable scholarships to students who have graduated from alternative education programs across the county. Our unique program provides financial support as well as mentoring by Assistance League members to help our students navigate the demands of college. Our mentors become a valuable resource to our scholarship recipients. For some, as first-generation college students in their families, that extra support is key to their success. Students have expressed profound gratitude for the mentor support. In fact, one student was so excited about her mentor relationship that she told her friends that “my Assistance League Scholarship came with a mentor.” Another student told her mentor that “we are a great team together.”

Program Success

Sixty-seven percent of Assistance League Scholarship students in the 2020-21 academic year completed 18-30 units in the past year, meeting our requirements to renew their scholarships for the 2021 fall semester. That is a remarkable achievement considering that, according to the California Community Colleges Student Success Metrics, only 16% of all community college students in the Greater Sacramento region were able to successfully complete 18-30 units. Our program provides a long-term solution helping young people in financial need to get an education that will enable them to earn their way in society with dignity and respect, reducing the likelihood for future support. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life.  She rightly said, “ Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it.  Assistance League of Greater Placer and their wonderful volunteers are changing lives!


Assistance League of Greater Placer was proud to award five scholarships this Spring 2021 to students from the following alternative education programs: Adelante High (Roseville), Maidu High (Auburn), and
Rocklin Alternative Education Center-RAEC (Rocklin).

This year the scholarship program is also providing Chromebooks or refurbished computers to scholarship recipients who need them. Destiny Benson, from Adelante High School, was so excited to receive her Chromebook. What a wonderful way to ensure the success of our students!


Including our newest scholarship recipients, we currently have 13 students in our program who are
completing general education requirements or working towards vocational certificates or degrees in
nursing, teaching, photojournalism, forensic science, cosmetology, and pharmacy. Active mentoring by
Scholarship Committee members dramatically increases the likelihood of success for all our students.
Laura Spitzer, who has been with our program since 2015, is currently completing her nurses training at
Chamberlain University College of Nursing in Phoenix, Arizona. Here she is pictured after she received
her first nurses’ scrubs. According to Laura, “All the members of Assistance League had a hand in my
success. Thank you!” We are so proud of her!

This past spring, we celebrated the graduations of two of our scholarship students. Alyson Ingram earned an AA Degree in Universal Design and International Retail Merchandising. Edward Selvidge completed the Electrician Program at National Career Education Center and is planning to enter an electrician apprenticeship in the future.

This year we were honored to present $1000 scholarships to five Placer County 2020 high school graduates. Three of the recipients will continue their studies in the spring alongside ten of our continuing scholarship students. Students retain their eligibility for new scholarships each semester as long as they maintain a 2.0 GPA and 9 units of classes.

New 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Elizabeth Paval
Carrie Hudson
Isabella Gomez






We were so very pleased to celebrate four students who graduated this spring:

Rebecca Estrada graduated from Butte College with an AA in Social and Behavioral Science and an AA in Anthropology and has transferred to Chico State.

Vanessa Pohley graduated with Honors from Sierra College with a teaching certificate and an AA in both Business Administration and Business Accounting. Vanessa plans to continue at a four year college in the near future.

Mitchell Iwahiro graduated from UC Davis in three years with a BA in Community and Regional Development in Public Planning. He is now in a graduate program at UC Davis.

Laura Spitzer graduated from Sierra College with an AS in Social and Behavioral Science and an AS in Natural Sciences. She is applying for admission to nursing programs.

The pictures below showcase all the recipients who received Assistance League Scholarships for Fall 2019. We were honored to present scholarships to 17 new recipients, each of whom were awarded $1,000, applied to their post-secondary tuition expenses for the first semester.  In addition, 4 of our ongoing recipients received $1,000 in the fall to continue their studies.  Each recipient in the program is eligible to receive $250-$1,000 scholarship each semester as long as they maintain academic eligibility standards and maintain contact with the ALGP scholarship mentor.


In 2018 the Scholarship Committee awarded seven scholarships! Scholarship recipients include Zoey Hutchison from Confluence High School in Auburn, Angel Mendoza from Koinonia Family Services in Loomis, Jamie Brooks, and Tiffany Perera from Victory High School in Rocklin, Emily Smith, and Janette Ramirez from Adelante High School in Roseville, and Abigail Gonzalez from Independence High School in Roseville. In addition, we continue to support seven students who have been awarded scholarships in previous years.  All of the above students are attending community colleges and four-year colleges. Their interests are wide-ranging and include child psychology, environmental science, nursing, teaching, interior design, and business. Education is the key to success in many career pathways, and Assistance League of Greater Placer is committed to providing opportunities for students from alternative high schools so that they may continue their education and find successful careers.


In 2017 we awarded two scholarships to seniors from Chana High School, Auburn, and Independence High School, Roseville.  In addition, we continue to support eight students attending vocational training programs and institutions of higher education who had been awarded scholarships in previous years.  Students are attending community colleges, four-year colleges, and vocational training programs such as medical assisting and court reporting.  Their interests are wide-ranging and include interior design, early childhood education, dental hygiene, and ultrasound technology.  Education is the key to success in many career pathways, and Assistance League of Greater Placer is committed to providing opportunities for students from alternative high schools to continue their education.

2017 Chana High School Graduation

2017 Independence High School Graduation

2016 Koinonea Graduation


2016 Adelante Graduation


Several Scholarship Committee members attended 4 different 2016 graduations to award 5 scholarships.  When they heard some of the stories about the students it highlighted how important the scholarship program can be to helping them go on for further education and turn their lives around.

2016 Independence High School Graduation

 Scholarship Committee member Betsy Katz with Graduate Mitchell Iwahari.