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Max Espinoza joined Scholarship America in May 2013 as Senior Vice President, Education Programs and Policy. Max serves on Scholarship America's leadership team, advancing the organizational mission and acting as lead spokesperson on education issues. He also provides strategy, development and operations oversight to the organization’s education programs.
Max comes to Scholarship America with 14 years of experience in education policy and student-rights advocacy. He spent more than a decade with the California State Legislature advising elected officials; prior to joining Scholarship America, he served as chief advisor on higher education to Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.
Max previously served as a division chief at the California Student Aid Commission, where he managed over $1 billion in state financial aid programs (including the Cal Grant program, the largest state grant program in the nation). While there, he worked to protect and expand access to the state’s college grant programs and shepherded the enactment of “The Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act,” which mandates student consultation and sufficient public notification before California’s public universities consider increases in student fee levels.
From 2004 to 2009, Max served as the volunteer President of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP),a community nonprofit whose mission is to enhance and build the leadership potential of California’s Chicano/Latino youth. A CLYLP alumnus, Max led the organization through the implementation of its first strategic plan, expanding its programming, building partnerships wil similar organizations and positioning the CLYLP as a leader in the field of youth leadership development.
Max, a former scholarship recipient and a first-generation college student, maintains a passion for our mission of postsecondary success. He is currently based in Scholarship America's Minneapolis office before relocating to Washington, D.C. on a permanent basis.
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.
Scholarship America's blog, The Scholarship Coach, appears weekly at USNews.com, featuring expert advice on all kinds of scholarship issues. Here on the site, we feature a new highlight from the blog every week, and you can also download a free Scholarship Coach e-book!
Scholarship America is dedicated to helping students get their degrees. Our 2013 Annual Report, Focus on the Finish Line, features statistics, stories, and student accounts of the importance of college completion.
Visit the online report to learn more and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.