Scholars' Hope Foundation 

Building the Foundation for Success

Founded 1997

Scholars' Hope Foundation was founded in 1997 in Huntington Beach, California. It currently run by our CEO, Colleen Mensel. We have evolved through the years to meet the ever changing demands that students face in their educations and in life.

As of 2020, we have moved to an all online platform in hopes to expand our reach and include students in need of our one of a kind program all over the United States. This move has allowed us to implement much more one on one guidance for your student.

Our team is highly trained to address your students' unique needs. We provide online personalized attention and support that will motivate your child to actualize their full potential.

Our Mission

Through whole child instruction, Scholars’ Hope’s mission is to lay a balanced foundation for success through academic, social and emotional development to achieve personal well being, essential life skills and a lifelong love of learning.  

21st Century Whole Child Approach


We are at a pivotal point in human history in which student stress levels are at an all time high. At Scholars’ Hope, we firmly believe the social-emotional wellness of every student impacts their ability to succeed academically. 



Scholars’ Hope Foundation is a supplemental enrichment program. Our proven, whole child approach provides each student with the vital skills necessary to navigate life’s stressors by becoming the best version of themselves. 


We utilize 1 to and group coaching, academic support, and the development of emotional intelligence to support resilient, confident and successful students. 


What We provide: 

  •   Personalized, one on one and group coaching with a credentialed teacher

  •   Regular access to a credentialed guidance counselor 

  •   Individualized college readiness advising  

  •   Career development support 

Meet The Team

We have high quality, trained staff that addresses your child's individual needs. We provide online personalized attention and support that will motivate your child to actualize their full potential. 

Colleen Mensel

Chief Executive Officer

 Colleen has been with Scholars’ Hope since 2011.  In her time with SHF, she has led the organization and stewarded its growth from a field trip based program to an in depth academic and social emotional learning environment based on the latest educational research.  

Erika Enz

Director of Education

Career Technical Education Credential

Erika has been with our

organization for over 12 years and has over 25 years

experience working with

youth in both the educational and recreational arenas.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Career and

Technical Studies and holds a Clear CTE Credential in Education, Child Development and Family Services.

Erika believes that ANY child, regardless of. background can be guided and cultivated into a competitive adult in

today's workforce.

Liz Trenholm

Social Emotional Learning Counselor

Liz  holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Counseling and believes that Social Emotional Learning is one of the key components in the success of our students. 

Social emotional learning has been proven to enhance a

students ability to succeed in school, increase prosocial

behavior and decrease

emotional stress. Her goal is to provide each student with the tools necessary to regulate their emotions,

communicate with others, make good decisions, build positive relationships and

use compassion and empathy to understand the needs of others. 

Hanna Tran

Elementary/Middle School Educator

Hanna is a credentialed teacher, she holds a Masters degree in Education from UC Irvine. She has been working with students in the field of education for over 7 years. She is currently a Reading Intervention Teacher at a public school in Orange County. Her goal is to equip students to become lifelong learners that will continue to thrive as they transition into high school. She also has a passion for art and believes every student is an artist ready to create their own masterpiece.

Board of Directors

Lauren Mensel

Social Media Specialist

Lauren has been with Scholars' Hope Foundation since 2017. She oversees all of our Social Media  and is our website designer. She has her Associates of Arts in Sciences . She is passionate about making sure that anyone who wants to succeed can with the right guidance from Scholars' Hope.

Mindy Ly

Operations & Programs Assistant

Mindy has been with our organization for 5 years starting her journey as an intern. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Psychology from California State University, Fullerton along with Associates Degrees in Communication Studies, Sociology, and Child Development. She believes that every student regardless of background should be given a fair opportunity in their education to later become successful and contributing members of society.

Claudia Gomez Psychologist

Claudia R. Gomez has

worked with our parent

program for two years. She is

a Spanish-speaking

credentialed School

Psychologist from San Diego

State University.

She has worked in the high

school setting for 17 years by

providing social/emotional

counseling services for

students of all grades.  She

also coordinates intervention

meetings to address

difficulties with academics,

attendance or behavior. One

of her passions is working

with parents and providing

information and resources

related to adolescent


Roni Ellis 

Chair of the Board

Principal, J.H. Mcgaugh Elementary

Los Alamitos Unified School District

Stan Mullin 

Vice Chair of the Board

Managing Member,

Mullin Capital & Asset Management, LLC

Mark Czepiel 

Treasurer of the Board

CFO, Menlo Micro

Toni Gregory

Secretary of the Board

Retired Educator

Dede Markel

Member at Large

Assistant Fund Controller,

Capital Group Companies

Cameron Jalbert

Member at Large

Chartered Financial Consultant, ChFC

Chatterton & Associates 

Board of Directors

Our Partners & Supporters

Ueberroth Family Foundation

Crevier Family Foundation

Fluor Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

Western Digital

DevTo Foundation

Green Family Foundation

NFL Foundation

Orange County Community Foundation

Tony & October Gonzalez

Teach a Man to Fish Foundation

US Bank Foundation

Assistance League of Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach City School District

Huntington Beach Union High School District

Finance Lab


Let's Connect

Phone: (714) 872-2078 

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