Rules and Eligibility

2020 Quetzal Mama Scholars Program

Deadline: 11:59 pm PST October 20, 2019

Applications currently being accepted for the 2020 Quetzal Mama Scholars. A total of 50 Scholars will be selected for this one-year college admissions series (November 2019 through November 2020). The program is free for participants. This is a scholarship, valued at $10,000 per student.

What Do Scholars Receive?

Scholars will participate in 20 college admissions workshops. The workshops are 1.5 hours in length, on Sunday mornings (twice per month) in Vista, California. Workshops are facilitated by Dr. Roxanne Ocampo. Workshops include hands-on activities, tailored and customized for each student including:

Class Schedule Advising
Strategies to Populate Applicants
Coaching for University of California PIQ's
Coaching for Common App Prompts
Coaching for Common App Supplements
Strategies for Letters of Recommendation
Personalized List of Colleges
Strategies for College Entrance Exams
Scholarship & Interview Strategies
On-Call Advising

*Proof of eligibility will be verified. Apply only if you meet ALL eligibility criteria:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.40 (unweighted)
  • Identify as Latinx
  • Receive or eligible to receive Free and Reduced Lunch
  • First Generation College Student
  • Completed minimum of two (2) AP or IB courses
  • Desire to attend a public or private 4-year university (not 2 year or a "for profit" college)
  • On Track to Complete A-G Requirements

Must be a current high school Junior attending one of 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

Students must meet all eligibility criteria to apply. Complete the application (Official Application) on or before midnight on Sunday, October 20, 2019. After submitting application, email a scanned copy of your most recent high school transcript to [email protected] Students must include the name and contact information of a school counselor who can verity eligibility requirements.


Finalists will be notified via email by Monday, October 28, 2019. Finalists will attend an in-person interview. 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 $10,000 for each student.

Who is eligible to participate in this program?

High school juniors who identify as Latinx, are the first in there families to attend college, and are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Additionally, students must have taken the PSAT, at least 2 AP or IB courses, be ontrack for completing all A-G requirements, and hold a minimum 3.40 GPA.

Where is the program held?

The workshops are held in Vista, California.

How often do students attend workshops?

Workshops are held twice per month, for 12 months. Typically meetings are on a weekday evening, for 1.5 hours.

How are students selected?

Applications are carefully reviewed, and finalists are selected. Finalists attend an in-person interview with the Founder, Dr. Roxanne Ocampo. 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. Students may not concurrently participate in programs such as Reality Changer's College Apps Academy.

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