Rules and Eligibility

2018 Quetzal Mama Scholars Program

Deadline: 11:59pm PST February 1, 2018

Nominations currently being accepted for the 2018 Quetzal Mama Scholars. A total of 20 Scholars will be selected for this 12-month, intensive college admissions series (February 2018 through January 2019). The program is free for participants. This is a scholarship, valued at $8,500 per student.

What Do Scholars Receive?

Scholars will participate in 20 college admissions workshops. The workshops are 1.5 hours in length, hosted during evenings and/or weekends in San Marcos, California. Workshops are facilitated by Roxanne Ocampo – a college admissions coach and author (see biography on website). Workshops include hands-on activities, tailored and customized for each student including:

Senior Year Class Schedule
Personalized List of 20 Colleges
Strategies for College Entrance Exams
Personal Statement University of California
Personal Statement Common Application
Questbridge / Coca Cola Scholars / Dell Scholars
Tailored Letters of Recommendation
Scholarship and Interview Strategies
UC, CSU & Common Application
Bi-monthly Workshops
“On-Call” Advising

*Proof of eligibility will be verified. Apply only if you meet ALL eligibility criteria.

Current High School Junior attending these high schools (alphabetical order):

El Camino High School / Escondido High School / Fallbrook High School
Guajome Park Academy / High Tech High North County
Mission Hills High School / Mission Vista High School
Oceanside High School / Orange Glen High School / Pascual High School
Rancho Buena Vista High School / Sage Creek High School
San Marcos High School / Vista High School

Minimum GPA of 3.25

Belong to historically underrepresented group
(Latino, Native-American, or African-American)

Receive or eligible to receive Free and Reduced Lunch

First Generation College Student

Completed minimum of three (3) AP or IB courses

Completed the PSAT (October 2015)

Desire to attend a 4-year university (not 2-year)

On Track to Complete A-G Requirements


Students must meet all eligibility criteria to apply. Complete the application (Official Application), attach an official high school transcript, and submit on or before 11:59pm PST on February 1, 2018. Students must include the name and contact information of a school counselor who can verify eligibility requirements.


Students are required to attend all workshops. Students who miss more than two workshops may be disqualified and a replacement identified from the Wait List. In order to ensure program efficacy, students participating in other college admission programs are ineligible to apply. Students are required to register and take the SAT (spring), SAT Subject Tests (summer), and the ACT (summer). In addition, they must register and take eligible AP Exams in May 2018.


Finalists will be notified via email by February 9, 2018. Finalists will attend an in-person interview during the weekend of February 17th & 18th. Finalists will be notified via email regarding the location and time of the interview.

For more information, please contact us through our contact form

How much does this program cost?

This is a free program, offered at no cost to qualifying students. However, the value of this program is $8,500 for each student.

Who is eligible to participate in this program?

High school juniors who are first in their family to attend college, socio-economically disadvantaged, and belong to an historically underrepresented (in higher education) minority group. Additionally, students must have taken the PSAT, be on track for completing all A-G requirements, and hold a minimum 3.25 GPA.

Where is the program held?

The program is held at the San Marcos Public Library. This is a centrally located just off the 78 Freeway, and conveniently located next to a Sprinter light-rail stop (walking distance to library).

How often do students attend workshops?

Workshops are held twice per month, for one year. The day and time of the workshops are decided by the cohort (team) of Quetzal Mama Scholars. Typically, meetings are on a weekday and in the evening.

How are students selected?

Applications are carefully reviewed, and finalists are selected. Finalists attend an in-person interview with a panel of educators. Students are not selected based exclusively on GPA or test scores. In fact, many students who have been selected did not have the highest grades or test scores, but had other compelling qualities.

What are “other college admission programs” that disqualify applicants?

These include traditional college intervention programs providing college admission strategies and coaching. Students may participate in any of the following programs and still be considered for this program: AVID, GEAR UP, Puente, Upward Bound, Simon Scholars, and TRIO programs.

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