Marina Founders (Livermore) Scholarship

The Marina Foundation Founders Scholarship for Marina High School

Formerly called the Don Livermore Scholarship, this was the first scholarship program authorized by The Marina Foundation. It was originally named after veteran local educator Don Livermore (now retired). It paid tribute to his can-do attitude, community involvement, and dedication to students’ success over his 38-year career. At Don’s request, Steve and Dorothy Emerson, two of the founding members of The Marina Foundation, are credited for the scholarship as well, and the name was changed.

Highlights & Impact
■ Two $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually to qualified graduating seniors attending Marina High School.
■ Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) to apply. Students with a GPA as low as 2.8 can apply if they get a recommendation from a Marina High faculty/staff member.
■ Extra consideration is given to students who perform community service.
■ The Marina Foundation Founders Scholarship is funded by TMF’s annual Don’s Bingo Bonanza fundraiser celebration.

Two $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually to qualified seniors attending Marina High School who are planning to attend an accredited school (college, trade, vocational) upon graduation, and is based on verification of school enrollment. Community Service is given extra consideration in awarding these scholarships.

Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Student must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Students with a GPA as low as 2.8 may also apply with a recommendation from a Marina High faculty/staff member.
  2. Student must be a graduating senior attending Marina High School (MaHS).

Community Service will be given extra consideration in awarding these scholarships.

Application Requirements:

  1. a completed application.
  2. an official copy of the student's transcripts showing the GPA.
  3. at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member at MaHS.
  4. a one-page response to the question: "How has what you've done so far prepared you to achieve your goals?" Responses should be typewritten and should include a heading that contains the applicant's name, address, and telephone number.

You can apply for five different Marina High School scholarships with this one common application HERE. Applications are due by Friday April 21, 2023.

Photos of the Recipients of the Founders Scholarship (Formerly the Don Livermore Scholarship) with Don Livermore* at the Marina High School Awards Presentation (*Exception: with Steve Emerson in 2014, 2017 and 2019).

Jesus Garcia-Lopez Lizbeth Alfaro Merrill Kannu
2021 2020
Emily Garcia Huyen Le Cassie Lute Denise Moreno


2018 2017

Kateleen Alcantara, Deandra Diamsay

Deomarielu Galvez, Alicia Lute Andrea Singley, Yanavette Rivera



2015 2014

Harry Tjahja, Alan Sani

Brighton Kirk, Hoa Nguyen

Sarah Hohmann, Natalie Howell

DL Scholarship 2014 - edited

DL Scholarship Winners - 2013
2013 2012


Stephanie Marcos, Molly Krost

Leslee Nguyen, Cody Kievlan

Cindy Ruiz, Samantha Penko
Don Livermore Scholarship 2012 Don Livermore Scholarship 2011 DL Scholarship Winners - 2010


About The Marina Foundation Founders Scholarship for Marina High School

This scholarship, formally the Don Livermore Scholarship for Marina High School, has been renamed The Marina Foundation Founders Scholarship. At the request of Don Livermore, Steve and Dorothy Emerson, two of the Founding Members and Benefactors of The Marina Foundation are now listed. Don thought it important to have them included as this was the first scholarship for the Foundation.

About Donald R. Livermore

Don Livermore was a Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) educator for 38 years, spending the majority of those years in Marina.  He taught all grades K-6, was a Library Media Specialist K-8, and was the first administrator to open the new, highly anticipated Marina High School. 

Upon retirement his friends and the Marina Community set up a scholarship in his name for graduating students from Marina High School.  The Don Livermore Scholarship for Marina High School was the first program to be authorized by The Marina Foundation more than 6 years ago.  The Foundation serves the Marina community in a variety of ways, through scholarships, community projects, and nutrition programs, to name a few.

Don’s positive can do attitude, dedication to the success of his students, and community involvement are the foundation for these scholarships.  With these characteristics in mind The Marina Foundation takes great pleasure in awarding two $1,500 Don Livermore Scholarships to Marina High School graduating seniors.

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