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Support AVID Seniors' College Dreams!

In response to a generous gift of matching funds donated by retired Board Member Nancy Newton, all four AVID programs are offering the scholarships below to support graduating seniors defray the costs of materials and books in their first year of college. The target for each scholarship is to raise at least $250 from the community to be matched by Mrs. Newton's gift for a $500 award.

(See below for details on each scholarship and the winners from the Class of 2017)

Make a Donation online via PayPal:

* If you prefer for your donation to go to one specific school or scholarship, please indicate which school in the “Notes” section before submitting.

Make a donation with a personal check payable to:

“Fremont Union High Schools Foundation”

 Send Check to:

Fremont Union High Schools Foundation - AVID

589 W. Fremont Avenue

Sunnyvale, CA 94087

* If you prefer for your donation to go to one specific school or scholarship, please indicate which school in the “Memo” section of the check.

** FUHSD is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and your gift is tax-deductible.  A thank you letter will be sent to the address on the check or the email associated with your PayPal account and can be used as a receipt for the IRS.


Congratulations to the 2017 AVID Scholarship Recipients!

With the generosity of dozens of community members, we raised over $6000 for AVID Scholarships!


Cupertino High School

2017 Winners: Christopher Mendoza and Yatziri Arias Torres 

The CHS AVID team is pleased to offer the AVID Senior Scholarship to two current AVID seniors at Cupertino High School. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student needs to have been an AVID student for a minimum of 2 years, plann to attend a 4-year college/university in the fall semester of this year, and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. The recipients are students who have shown ongoing individual determination and resilience throughout their high school career, demonstrated by their proactive approach of significant academic and personal challenges. The student should exemplify the characteristics of AVID and be an outstanding role model to their peers.  

Scholarship winners were announced at the Cupertino Senior Award Ceremony on May 17, 2017.


Homestead High School

2017 Winner: Kelli Lackey

The Cecilia Morales Award for Grit is awarded each year to outstanding senior AVID students planning to attend a four-year university in the fall, in recognition of their hard work, academic success and perseverance in the program. Past award recipients have been role models for their classmates who exemplify everything the AVID program stands for: dedication, grit, resilience, leadership, passion, and determination. 

Scholarship winner was announced at the AVID Senior Celebration on May 17, 2017.


Fremont High School

2017 Fujii Scholarship Winners: Kat Scarry and Daisy Manriques

2017 AVID Grit Award Winners: Cristian Barrios and Sofia Silva

The Fujii Family Scholarship is offered by the family of Fremont High School AVID teacher and coordinator, Stephanie Fujii.  The Fujii family are enthusiastic supporters of the AVID program, and the AVID students, both in the AVID in the classroom and on the pathway to college. They are honored to have the opportunity to support such a powerful program.

The AVID Grit Award was created and sponsored by AVID District Director, Josh Maisel.  The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage AVID seniors to inspire younger AVID students to build their resilience and persistence in responding to challenges and setbacks. Students created short videos that shared their story of grit.  Younger AVID students will view the videos and select the most inspirational as the 2017 winner.

Both scholarship winners were announced at the AVID Senior Celebration on May 18, 2017. 

Click here to watch the  2017 AVID Grit Videos


Monta Vista High School

2017 Winners: Kiran Payne and Lauren Cellini

The Monta Vista AVID Grit Award is awarded to an AVID senior who has shown ongoing individual determination and resilience throughout their high school career, demonstrated by their proactive approach of significant academic and personal challenges.  The Grit Award recipient embodies the spirit of the AVID program, has worked to establish strong, positive relationships with peers, teachers, and staff, and continually strives for personal growth.  The Grit Award honors the recipient's four-year commitment to the AVID program and intention to attend a four-year college or university upon graduation.

Scholarship winners were announced at the Monta Vista Senior Award Ceremony on May 25, 2017.

“Over the last several years, I have had the honor of watching the many successes of the AVID students and the amazing dedication of their teachers and staff. I have attended the FHS student organized awards program to see firsthand their enthusiasm, support for one another, organizing skills, and the dedication and high expectations of their teachers. I have also become aware of the students successes after they move on to college. I am delighted to support their work in college with this scholarship and hope you will join me in contributing to the future of these very special students.”

- Nancy Newton, Board Member 1987-2016

What is AVID?

AVID is an national organization with a mission to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness using a cohort-based model and a 4-year elective class.  AVID:

  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination

Cupertino AVID Promo Video

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Monta Vista Promotional Video

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HHS AVID Cardboard Confessions (2017)

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Fremont AVID Cardboard Confessions (2014)

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Homestead Cardboard Confessions (2014)

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