Scholarships

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

Application Window: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 4:00 PM.

The 2020-2021 West Valley College Scholarship Application is now closed. Scholarship notifications will be sent by late April. If you applied, please continue to check your MyWVM student email account for correspondence.

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 Opens in December Financial Aid Office
AAUW San Jose Local Scholarship $1,500 – $5,000 4/15/2020 AAUW San Jose
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 3/20/2020 at 12:00 PM Financial Aid Office
County Federal Educational Scholarship $500 4/11/2020 Online
eQuality Scholarship Collaborative $6,000 Opens in November Online
Freedom Financial Network $10,000 – $50,000 4/15/2020 Online
Generation Progress - for Undocumented Students $250 – $5,000 Varies Online
Immigrants Rising: for Undocumented Students Varies Varies Online
Italian American Heritage Foundation Varies 4/30/2020 before 4:00 PM IAHF
Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship $2,000 4/2020 Financial Aid Office
Karl S. Pister Leadership $20,000 opens in December Financial Aid Office
Latinos in Technology up to $30,000 3/13/2020 Online
MALDEF (The Latino Legal Voice) Varies Varies Online
Military Families Varies Varies Online
National Federation of Republican Women Three $1,000 6/1/2020 Online
National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) Three $1,000 3/14/2020 NLAPW Santa Clara
National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship Varies opens in December Online
Nordson Builds Scholarship $2,000 – $10,000 Opens in January 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) $3,000 – $5,000 3/31/2020 Pivotal
POINT (The National LGBTQ Scholarship) Varies Opens in November Online
Real Estate Scholarships $800 Per Academic Year Opens in September Online
The Reeves Law Group Scholarship $3,000 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
Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship and Emergency Grant Programs Varies 2/28/2020 Online
Women in Technology $2,000 Varies Online
Worthy Women's Professional Studies Scholarship $1,000 – $2,500 opens in November Online
ZipRecruiter $3,000 Every 3 months Online

Scholarship Searches

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Last Updated 3/3/20