About West Valley College Scholarships

West Valley College scholarships are designed to recognize accomplishments and to provide tangible encouragement to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, community service, and financial need.

Each year the West Valley College Scholarship Program awards scholarships ranging from $400 to $5,000. The funds for these scholarships are provided from a joint investment of contributions from the private sector and from West Valley College employees.

To be eligible for a WVC scholarship, you must:

  • Declare a major at WVC.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00.
  • Have completed 12 college semester units prior to Fall 2020 and at least 6 of these units must be from West Valley College.
  • Be currently working toward your first degree. High school students and students with a Bachelor's degree are NOT eligible.
  • Have submitted all scholarship application requirements by the stated deadline.
  • Have a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA or CA Dream Act application on file with West Valley College if you want to be considered for a financial need-based scholarship.

Scholarships may have additional eligibility criteria, including, but not limited to, declared major, minimum enrollment requirements, and transfer requirements. These criteria will be provided to recipients at the time of the award.

Because awards are selected based on information provided in each application, it is possible for designated scholarship recipients to become ineligible to receive their award if changes occur in their educational plans and/or financial situation, different from the information the Financial Aid Office had at the time of the application.

A committee made up of faculty members, classified staff, and private donors will select the recipients based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Quality of essay and letter of recommendation.
  • Level of criteria match for specific scholarships offered.
  • For financial need-based scholarships, the committee will use information from the student’s 2020-2021 FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.

Awards will be paid to the recipients during the 2020-2021 academic year. Some awards will be paid in one disbursement during the Fall 2020 semester, while others will be divided into two disbursements: one during the Fall 2020 semester and the other during the Spring 2021 semester.

For students continuing at West Valley College, scholarship disbursements will be requested the week prior to the beginning of the semester, provided the student meet all requirements and funds are available for disbursement.

For students transferring to another institution, a scholarship check will be mailed directly to that institution. It is your responsibility to inform the West Valley College Financial Aid Office of any school or enrollment changes since it may affect your scholarship eligibility and disbursement method.

Scholarship Steps to Apply

Begin Scholarship Application

All scholarship application requirements must be complete in order to be considered for scholarships for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Submit to the Financial Aid Office by email or in-person.

  • By email: wvfaFREEWEST_VALLEY
  • In-Person: Financial Aid Office located on the 1st floor of the Student Services Center (SSC)


  • Type a one page essay in response to this prompt: Each student has a unique background, identity, interest, or talent that is genuinely meaningful to who they are. Write an honest, personal statement that depicts who you are and what you believe in. Please share your story.
  • Include your full name and WVC student ID # at the top of your essay

Submit in an envelope sealed by the recommender to the Financial Aid Office in-person or by mail.

  • In-Person: Financial Aid Office located on the 1st floor of the Student Services Center (SSC)
  • By Mail: West Valley College, Attn: Financial Aid Office, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070


  • Please provide the WVC Scholarship Recommendation Form to your recommender to enclose with their letter of recommendation. The letter must be submitted in an envelope sealed by your recommender.
  • One letter of recommendation from your current or former college instructor, college counselor, employer, member of the community, or a professional. Family members, friends, and Financial Aid staff cannot be accepted as a reference due to a conflict of interest.
  • Give your recommender as much time as possible (2-3 weeks is suggested) to write an effective letter. We recommend you follow up with your recommender to confirm the recommendation letter and form are submitted by the deadline.
  • Only one letter of recommendation will be accepted per student application. Additional letters that are received after the first one will be discarded.
  • DISCLAIMER: If the letter of recommendation has been opened or is not in an envelope sealed by the recommender, the recommendation cannot be accepted.

If you have attended college(s) since high school (other than West Valley College and/or Mission College), you are required to submit your unofficial academic transcripts from all of those college(s) to the Financial Aid Office in-person or by mail.

  • In-Person: Financial Aid Office located on the 1st floor of the Student Services Center (SSC)
  • By Mail: West Valley College, Attn: Financial Aid Office, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

External Scholarships

Many foundations, professional associations, religious and ethnic organizations, and corporations offer grants and scholarships. These awards are based on a wide variety of qualifications including, financial need, academic achievement, religious affiliation, ethnicity, community service, and special interests.

Donor Amount Deadline Submittal
AAUW Los Gatos-Saratoga Local Scholarship $1,000 - $1,500 2/27/2020 at 4:00 PM Financial Aid Office
AAUW San Jose Local Scholarship $1,500 - $5,000 2020 Online
AAWA (The Asian Women's Alliance) $500 (4 scholarships) 9/2020 Online
APIA Scholars (Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity) $2,500 – $20,000 1/22/20 Online
BigSun Athletics Scholarship $500 6/19/2020 Online
California Chafee Grant (Foster Youth) Up to $5,000 Varies Online
California Strawberries Merit Based Opens in October Online
CareerOneStop Varies Varies Online
Career & Technical Scholarship Program (Horatio Alger) $2,500 Varies Online
CCCSFAAA Scholarship $500 – $1,000 Opens in January Financial Aid Office
County Federal Educational Scholarship $500 Opens in February Online
eQuality Scholarship Collaborative $6,000 Opens in November Online
Generation Progress - for Undocumented Students $250 – $5,000 Varies Online
Influence Print Award for Design Excellence $1,000 12/31/2019 Online
Immigrants Rising: for Undocumented Students Varies Varies Online
Italian American Heritage Foundation Varies 4/2020 Online
I Water Purification $1,000 12/2019 Online
Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship $2,000 4/2020 Financial Aid Office
Karl S. Pister Leadership $20,000 2/7/2020 Financial Aid Office
Latinos in Technology up to $30,000 11/12/2019 Online
MALDEF (The Latino Legal Voice) Varies Varies Online
Military Families Varies Varies Online
Nordson Builds Scholarship $2,000 – $10,000 Opens in January Online
National Federation of Republican Women Three $1,000 6/1/2020 Online
National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) Three $1,000 2020 Financial Aid Office
National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship Varies 6/30/2019 Online
Pen America (Writing for Justice Fellowship) $10,000 Opens in April Online
P.E.O. Program For Continuing Education $3,000 Varies Online
The Pivotal College Scholarship (Former Foster Youth) Varies Open in January Online
POINT (The National LGBTQ Scholarship) Varies Opens in November Online
Real Estate Scholarships $800 Per Academic Year Opens in September Online
Residential Design Scholarship $2,500 6/30 and 12/15 Online
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarship $1,000 – $40,000 Varies Online
STEM Scholarship for Women Going Solar $500 – $15,000 Varies Online
Sustainable Residential Scholarship $2,500 6/30 and 12/15 Online
The Reeves Law Group Scholarship $3,000 12/15/19 Online
Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship and Emergency Grant Programs Varies Opens in January Online
Women in Technology $2,000 Varies Online
Worthy Women's Professional Studies Scholarship $1,000 – $2,500 12/2/19 Online
ZipRecruiter $3,000 Every 3 months Online

Scholarship Searches

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Last Updated 12/5/19