Scholarship Application submission period
January 5 – March 23, 2024

The Dreamers, Visionaries, and Leaders (DVL) Project was established in 2009 and dedicated to honoring the African American contribution to our American History. In 2013 we expanded our efforts to celebrate our Hispanic Brothers and Sisters through the recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. We will continue to grow in our inclusiveness of multicultural contributions to our American History. To date we have honored 188 local High Desert People of Color for their professional accomplishments and community service.

In 2014 the Dreamers, Visionaries, and Leaders (DVL) Project established its Legacy Scholarship Program. To date we have provided scholarships to approximately 60 High Desert College bound students!

2018 Black History Month Honorees

  • Ray Brooks

    Ray Brooks

    2018 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
  • Melva Davis

    Melva Davis

    2018 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
  • Terrance Stone

    Terrance Stone

    2018 DVL ICON Honorees
  • Dena Smith

    Dena Smith

    2018 DVL ICON Honorees
  • Pastor Paul Earle

    Pastor Paul Earle

  • Dr. Charmaine Earle

    Dr. Charmaine Earle

  • Dr. Dawit Mamo

    Dr. Dawit Mamo

  • Stephanie Poindexter

    Stephanie Poindexter

  • Dr. Michael Richards

    Dr. Michael Richards

  • Mysheka Ross

    Mysheka Ross

  • Dr. William Taylor

    Dr. William Taylor

  • Michaelangelo Lovett

    Michaelangelo Lovett

2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Honorees

  • Stephanie Pazarin

    Stephanie Pazarin

  • Eric Schmidt

    Eric Schmidt

  • Carlos Sarmiento

    Carlos Sarmiento

  • Diley Greiser

    Diley Greiser

  • Veronica Venegas

    Veronica Venegas

More From DVL

Parent Engagement to Support Successful African American Students

Our Sponsors

Please Patronize These Businesses

Victorville Motors Event Presenting Sponsor
Desert Valley Hospital/Medical Group Stage Presenting Sponsor/Title Sponsor
High Desert Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Co-Host & Sponsor
El Dorado Broadcasters Trade Media Sponsors
Siverts Publishing Trade Media Sponsor

Legacy Scholarships Information

2024 Scholarship Application Submission Period
is January 5 – March 23, 2024

Welcome to Year Nine of the Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders (“DVL”) Legacy Scholarships Program. We are delighted to once again, present awards to outstanding students who are residents of the High Desert. The DVL Scholarship Project has awarded over twenty thousand dollars in scholarships since 2014!

Thanks to the generosity of our major sponsors, SCE, Victorville Motors, Desert Valley Hospital, Choice Medical Group, C.A.R.S, Southwest Gas and donors, the scholarships have grown in number from three to seven scholarship categories. Please note the amount of scholarship is located on scholarship application. Scholarships are awarded directly to the student to use as she or he may need to begin or to continue a college education.

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2020 DVL Scholarship Recipients

Our Donors

Debbie Benton

2016 Honoree

Dr. Paul Williams

2014 Honoree

Dr. Barbara Williams

2016 Honoree

Frances Flowers

2016 Honoree

Lillian Dawit Mamo

2016 Honoree

Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Lopez

2016 Honoree

Curtis Green

2016 Honoree

Annie Munn

2016 Honoree

Eddie "Strings" Martin

2016 Honoree

Abigail (Abi) Mariam

2016 Honoree

Professor Al Mariam

2016 Honoree

Paul A. Courtney

2016 Honoree

John Levell

2016 Honoree

Robel "Robby" Mamo

2016 Honoree

Charley Glasper

2016 Honoree

Evelyn Glasper

2016 Honoree

Roxanne Young

2016 Honoree

Caroll Yule


Mr. & Mrs. Felix Diaz

2013 Lifetime Achievement Honoree

Derek King

2014 Honoree

Carlos Sarmiento

2016 Honoree

Dr. Dawit Mamo

2016 Honoree

Charles Bibbs

2016 Honoree

Bounce Realty

Scholarship Partner

Victorville Motors

2016 Honoree

Desert Valley Hospital

2016 Honoree

Southwest Gas

Garner Cordell Morris Family

Phyllis Morris-Green


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Supporting DVL

Contributions can be made payable online:

Contributions can also be Mail Directly:
Dreamers, Visionaries, & Leaders Project

c/o High Desert Community Foundation
Post Office Box 2028
Apple Valley, CA 92307

All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Please note, this contribution is to Dreamers, Visionaries, and Leaders an affiliate fund of High Desert Community Foundation. Your donation will be billed from Streams in the Desert Foundation, Inc., the organization we use to manage our contributions. If you have any questions, please contact regina@dvlproject.com.