Mark Twain High School

Assistance League of Greater San Diego is a community partner in education with Mark Twain High School, an alternative high school in San Diego Unified School District. This school serves students by providing small classes, intensive guidance services, individualized programs, and an Expectant Teen/Teen Parent Classroom and Cal-Safe Infant Toddler Program.

Our volunteers support the students at Twain by providing incentives for student achievement, literacy and health support to teen parents, library donations, and by offering scholarships. On a quarterly basis, our volunteers host a VIP luncheon and present certificates to celebrate positive achievement in both academics and citizenship.  Assistance League supports teen parents and children by providing story hour for the children, an annual Books and Blanket event, and a yoga class for teen mothers.  Our chapter also supports the school library through book donations and assistance to the librarian. Our scholarship program provides financial and mentoring assistance to graduates transferring to California Community colleges.  In 2017, $22,000 was awarded to fund 11 scholarships.  Mor Furniture for Less is a business partner with our Assistance League chapter, and supports this philanthropic program.

Upper Division Scholarships

Assistance League of Greater San Diego offers funding for scholarships to full-time students who are transitioning from a community college to an accredited college or university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, or continuing as a junior in a community college that offers a baccalaureate degree. Scholarship funds may be used to cover the cost of tuition, books and supplies.  Eligible students are those who are currently attending a community college, reside in Greater San Diego, California, demonstrate financial need, have a minimum grade point average in community college of 3.0, and show current community involvement, school activities, employment, and/or special circumstances.

Applications, including OFFICIAL transcripts, personal statements, and two letters of recommendation, are evaluated by a committee of trained Assistance League volunteers who interview the most compelling candidates. Scholarship funds are administered by the college or university in which the student is enrolled. In order to retain an awarded scholarship, students must maintain full-time student status (12 units each term) and at least a 3.0 grade point average.  Volunteer mentors follow scholarship recipients through their school year to provide support.

The application period for Upper Division Scholarships for 2019 is closed.