External Scholarships 

External scholarship opportunities are offered by individuals, organizations, and businesses outside of the DVC campus.  These scholarships are offered at the local, regional, state, or national level.

To learn more about external scholarship opportunities available to DVC students, review our list of popular external scholarships, review our scholarship tips, or stop by the Scholarship Office during drop-in hours. 

Popular external scholarships for: 

Students planning on transferring
Continuing students
Female students
Students with dependents
Foster youth
Returning students
Horticulture students
Real estate, business or finance students
Undocumented students
Vocational/technology students
Visually impaired students 

Students planning on transferring

Alamo Women's Club Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount Varies
About This scholarship opportunity is available to single mothers who are currently attending DVC, are planning to continue their education, and are residents of Contra Costa County.
Requirements
  • Single mother who is currently attending DVC
  • GPA of 3.0 in most recent continuous enrollment as a single mother
  • Resident of Contra Costa County
  • Strong commitment to continuing education      
Instructions and materials Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Criteria
Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Application
Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Recommendation Form
Alamo Women's Club Media & Photo Release Form

Blackhawk Women's Scholarship

Due date Sunday, March 18, 2018
Amount Varies
About Scholarship designed to assist women in Contra Costa County who have exhausted other sources of college aid.
Requirements
  • Female residing in Contra Costa County
  • Have at least a 3.5 unweighted GPA
  • Be active in community service
  • Be in need of financial aid
  • A graduating high school senior, or community college students ready to transfer, who will be attending a 4-year college/university in Fall 2018
Instructions and materials

Blackhawk Women's Scholarship website

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount $1,500
About This scholarship opportunity is available to women of Chicana/Latina heritage who are enrolled full-time in an accredited college, university, or community college in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo county.
Requirements
  • Be a woman of Chicana/Latina heritage.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the following Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo county.
  • Have lived at least two years in one of the above Northern California counties at the time of application.
  • Community College and Undergraduate students must:
        - be enrolled as a full-time college student (as defined by your institution*) when
          applying and for the following academic year, and
        - have completed 12 college units after high school graduation, and
        - have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for college course work.
  • Graduate students must:
        - be enrolled graduate/professional students completing course/thesis/dissertation;
          or have been accepted into graduate/professional school, and
        - have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for college course work.
  • Commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute (one weekend in August after being selected and one weekend the following year in February).
  • Commit to volunteering ten (10) hours for CLF before March the year after being selected.
  • Past CLF awardees may not re-apply until four years after receiving our scholarship.
Instructions and materials

Chicana/Latina Foundation website

Chicana/Latina Foundation scholarship application 

Community College Scholarship - Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Due date March 30, 2018
Amount/type Up to $4,000; one-time
About The Assistance League of Diablo Valley is offering scholarships to full-time students currently attending a Contra Costa County community college who will be transferring, as a junior, to a four-year college or university.  Scholarships will be awarded in two equal payments, half for the first term and half for the second term.
Requirements
  • Current full-time community college student transferring in Fall 2018, as a junior, to a four-year college or university
  • Resident of Contra Costa County, California
  • Financial need
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Academic achievements, school activities, community involvement, employment, special circumstances
  • Not a chapter member, relative of a chapter member, nor an employee of Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Instructions and materials
   

Charles & Jo Lupsha Scholarship

 
Due date March 29, 2018
Amount/type $5,000 
About The Assistance League of Diablo Valley is offering a scholarship to a full-time student admitted to an accredited 4-year college. The scholarship will be paid in two installments to help cover tuition, books and supplies.
Requirements
  • Full-time student admitted to an accredited 4-year college
  • Minimum 2 years of college credits
  • Financial need
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.8
  • Resident of Contra Costa County, CA
  • Previous recipients of Assistance League of Diablo Valley scholarships are not eligible 
Instructions and materials
   

Future Teacher Scholarship

 
Due date March 29, 2018
Amount/type $1,000
About The Assistance League of Diablo Valley is offering a scholarship to a full-time student enrolled in an elementary teaching preparation program. The scholarship will be paid in two installments per year to help cover tuition, books and supplies.
Requirements
  • Full-time student attending, or transferring from, a community college and pursuing a K-5 teaching credential
  • Resident of Contra Costa County, CA
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Financial need
Instructions 

Diablo Vista Scholarship

Due date Thursday, February 1, 2018
Amount $5,000
About This scholarship is to provide needed financial support to graduating Diablo Valley College or Los Medanos College students transferring with junior status to a four-year accredited institution.  Several awards are available.  One scholarship is designated for applicants choosing a teaching profession as a career and another is for a re-entry woman.
Requirements
  • U.S. citizen
  • Currently enrolled full-time at Diablo Valley College or Los Medanos College
  • Eligible for transfer to an upper division program in a four-year accredited institution
  • Expecting to enroll full-time in an undergraduate program at a four-year institution and carry a full schedule leading to a degree
  • Able to provide evidence of financial need, if requested
Instructions and materials

Diablo Vista scholarship application

Diablo Vista scholarship recommendation form 

Return the fully completed and signed application, including all required documents.

eQuality Scholarship Collaborative - community college transfer students

Due date TBA
Amount Up to $6,000
About Open to students with demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community.  Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible.
Requirements 
  • be a resident of northern or central California (see map on website)
  • have completed or expect to complete community college between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2018
  • plan to attend or began attending an accredited four year college or university for the first time in 2018
  • have demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community (applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible) 
  • be available for an interview either by phone or in-person on March 11 or 17, 2018
Instructions and materials eQuality Scholarship Collaborative website

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Due date Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Amount Educational costs (up to $40,000 per year) for two-three years 
About Highly competitive national scholarship for community college students transferring to selective four-year colleges or universities.  Scholarship covers educational costs (up to $40,000 per year) for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor's degree.  Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.
Requirements
  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2017, or a recent graduate (since spring 2013).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2018.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need.  Applicants with family income up to $95,000 will be considered.  However, it is anticipated that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
  • Have not previously enrolled at or attended a four-year institution.  
Instructions and materials Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application 

Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship

Due date Friday, February 2, 2018
Amount $10,000 over two years
About This scholarship opportunity is available exclusively to students transferring from Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, or Contra Costa Colleges to a four-year college or university in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.
Requirements
  • Belong to a minority group underrepresented in the California College and University system, principally African-Americans, Americans (North, Central, or South) derived from Spanish speaking cultures, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders
  • Be eligible to transfer to a four-year college or university with junior standing in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019
  • Have successfully completed at least 12 transferable units of course work within 12 months prior to the scholarship deadline at Diablo Valley, Contra Costa or Los Medanos Colleges
  • Provide evidence of financial need
  • Return the fully completed and signed application, including all required attachments, to the DVC Scholarship Office by the February 2, 2018 deadline
  • Attend an interview on March 24, 2018 if selected as a finalist
Instructions and materials

Return the fully completed and signed application, including all required attachments, to the DVC Scholarship Office by the February 2, 2018 deadline

Rossmoor Foundation Scholarship

Due date Friday, February 2, 2018
Amount/type $3,000; one-time
About Awarded to a student with significant financial need, high academic achievement, and substantial involvement in school and/or community activities.
Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must file a 2018-19 FAFSA and have an expected family contribution (EFC) of no more than $25,000
  • Must have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Must be transferring to an accredited 4-year college or university in Fall 2018
  • Must be involved in school and/or community activities 
  • Must submit a complete application, including all required documents, to the DVC Scholarship Office by the February 2, 2108 deadline
  • Must attend an on-campus interview with the scholarship committee in March
Additional opportunities

Students eligible to apply for the Rossmoor Scholarship Foundation award may also apply for these supplemental awards:

The Calvin Hagstrom Family Trust Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a student who receives a Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • Must have a strong interest in entering the medical field
  • Must write a separate essay describing interest in the medical field

The Sylvia Kaplan Community Service Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a student who receives a Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • Must demonstrate significant community service
  • Must write a separate essay describing contributions to the community

The Computer Club of Rossmoor (CCOR) Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a student who receives a Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • For a student who has studied Computer Science and intends to continue in the Computer Science field in college 
  • Must write a separate essay describing interest in Computer Science 

The Chinese-American Association (CAAR) Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a student who receives a Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • For a student who has expressed interest in the study of an aspect of Chinese culture such as music, art, language, medicine, senior health care, etc.
  • Must write a separate essay on study of an aspect of Chinese culture as described above

The Eleana Peratis Women in STEM Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a female recipient of the Rossmoor Scholarship (thus a total award of $5,500)
  • For a female student pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math
  • Must write a separate one-page essay answering the following question: Two hundred years ago, few people would have imagined human accomplishments like television, the internet, airplanes, and space travel. What is the next impossible human achievement in technology or engineering?

The Chamber Music Society (RCMS) Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a recipient of the Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • For a student who has been active in a high school instrumental music program, is planning to continue participating in an instrumental music program in college, and plans to study music in college 
  • Must write a separate one-page essay describing how music has affected personal growth and development 
Instructions and materials

Rossmoor Foundation scholarship application and activity list (will be available in December 2018)

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Due date On-going
Amount $1,000-$40,000
About This organization offers over 40 different different scholarships to high school seniors, students already enrolled in college, and adults returning to school.  Eligibility requirements vary; some scholarships are for students living in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco counties, others are open to California or national applicants.  Some scholarships focus on academic achievement or a specific field of study, while others focus on community service.  All scholarships consider financial need.
Available scholarships for Contra Costa County residents
Instructions and materials Silicon Valley Community Foundation website

Continuing students

Alamo Women's Club Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount Varies
About This scholarship opportunity is available to single mothers who are currently attending DVC, are planning to continue their education, and are residents of Contra Costa County.
Requirements
  • Single mother who is currently attending DVC
  • GPA of 3.0 in most recent continuous enrollment as a single mother
  • Resident of Contra Costa County
  • Strong commitment to continuing education      
Instructions and materials Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Criteria
Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Application
Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Recommendation Form
Alamo Women's Club Media & Photo Release Form

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount $1,500
About This scholarship opportunity is available to women of Chicana/Latina heritage who are enrolled full-time in an accredited college, university, or community college in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo county.
Requirements
  • Be a woman of Chicana/Latina heritage.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the following Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo county.
  • Have lived at least two years in one of the above Northern California counties at the time of application.
  • Community College and Undergraduate students must:
        - be enrolled as a full-time college student (as defined by your institution*) when
          applying and for the following academic year, and
        - have completed 12 college units after high school graduation, and
        - have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for college course work.
  • Graduate students must:
        - be enrolled graduate/professional students completing course/thesis/dissertation;
          or have been accepted into graduate/professional school, and
        - have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for college course work.
  • Commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute (one weekend in August after being selected and one weekend the following year in February).
  • Commit to volunteering ten (10) hours for CLF before March the year after being selected.
  • Past CLF awardees may not re-apply until four years after receiving our scholarship.
Instructions and materials

Chicana/Latina Foundation website

Chicana/Latina Foundation scholarship application 

Foster Youth Scholarship - Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Due date Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Amount $500-$4,000
About Scholarship for current or former foster youth. Assistance League of Diablo Valley provides funding for scholarships to help cover tuition, books and supplies, and other expenses.
Requirements
  • Applicant must be a current or former dependent of the court in the foster care program of Contra Costa County and living in the county or elsewhere, or a current or former dependent of the court in the foster care program of another county but living in Contra Costa County
  • Applicant must be a high school student, G.E.D. recipient, or other student eligible to attend or enrolled in an accredited four-year college, community college or vocational school or a community college graduate transferring to an accredited four-year college or university
  • Applicant must not be an Assistance League chapter member, an Assisteens® member, the relative of a chapter member, or an employee of Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Instructions and materials

Project Foster Youth College Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount $600
About Project Foster Youth College Scholarships are unrestricted $600 grants paid directly to foster youth to assist with college expenses. 
Requirements
  • Current or former foster youth from California who was in court-ordered foster care on or at any point after age 13
  • Currently enrolled or have been accepted and plan to enroll in a college or university for the upcoming fall semester 
Instructions and materials Application and instructions will be posted when available

Rossmoor Foundation Scholarship

Due date Friday, February 2, 2018
Amount/type $3,000; one-time
About Awarded to a student with significant financial need, high academic achievement, and substantial involvement in school and/or community activities.
Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must file a 2018-19 FAFSA and have an expected family contribution (EFC) of no more than $25,000
  • Must have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Must be transferring to an accredited 4-year college or university in Fall 2018
  • Must be involved in school and/or community activities 
  • Must submit a complete application, including all required documents, to the DVC Scholarship Office by the February 2, 2108 deadline
  • Must attend an on-campus interview with the scholarship committee in March
Additional opportunities

Students eligible to apply for the Rossmoor Scholarship Foundation award may also apply for these supplemental awards:

The Calvin Hagstrom Family Trust Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a student who receives a Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • Must have a strong interest in entering the medical field
  • Must write a separate essay describing interest in the medical field

The Sylvia Kaplan Community Service Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a student who receives a Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • Must demonstrate significant community service
  • Must write a separate essay describing contributions to the community

The Computer Club of Rossmoor (CCOR) Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a student who receives a Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • For a student who has studied Computer Science and intends to continue in the Computer Science field in college 
  • Must write a separate essay describing interest in Computer Science 

The Chinese-American Association (CAAR) Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a student who receives a Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • For a student who has expressed interest in the study of an aspect of Chinese culture such as music, art, language, medicine, senior health care, etc.
  • Must write a separate essay on study of an aspect of Chinese culture as described above

The Eleana Peratis Women in STEM Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a female recipient of the Rossmoor Scholarship (thus a total award of $5,500)
  • For a female student pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math
  • Must write a separate one-page essay answering the following question: Two hundred years ago, few people would have imagined human accomplishments like television, the internet, airplanes, and space travel. What is the next impossible human achievement in technology or engineering?

The Chamber Music Society (RCMS) Award: $2,500

  • Awarded to a recipient of the Rossmoor Scholarship (thus total award of $5,500)
  • For a student who has been active in a high school instrumental music program, is planning to continue participating in an instrumental music program in college, and plans to study music in college 
  • Must write a separate one-page essay describing how music has affected personal growth and development 
Instructions and materials

Rossmoor Foundation scholarship application and activity list (will be available in December 2018)

Sandi Lou Back to School Scholarship - Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Due date Thursday, March 29, 2018
Amount/type $2,500; one-time
About Scholarship for re-entry students. Assistance League of Diablo Valley provides funding for a scholarship to help cover tuition, books, and supplies. 
Requirements
  • High school graduate or G.E.D. recipient
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Planning to attend or currently enrolled in an accredited community college or vocational school
  • Resident of Contra Costa County, California
  • Applicant must not be an Assistance League chapter member, an Assisteens® member, the relative of a chapter member, or an employee of Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Instructions and materials

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Due date On-going
Amount $1,000-$40,000
About This organization offers over 40 different different scholarships to high school seniors, students already enrolled in college, and adults returning to school.  Eligibility requirements vary; some scholarships are for students living in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco counties, others are open to California or national applicants.  Some scholarships focus on academic achievement or a specific field of study, while others focus on community service.  All scholarships consider financial need.
Available scholarships for Contra Costa County residents
Instructions and materials Silicon Valley Community Foundation website

Spotlight on You Scholarship - Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Due date Thursday, March 29, 2018
Amount/type Up to $3,000; renewable
About Scholarship for students in vocational/career technology programs. Assistance League of Diablo Valley provides funding for a scholarship to help cover tuition, books, and supplies.
Requirements
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a vocational and/or technology program
  • Resident of Contra Costa County
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 
  • Financial need
  • Job/school/community activities and special needs
  • There will be a mandatory personal interview during April with members of the Assistance League of Diablo Valley Scholarships Committee to assist in the selection process.  At that time, applicants must fully disclose all other scholarships, grants, or financial aid for which they have have applied or received. 
Instructions and materials

The Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship

Due date Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Amount Up to $2,500
About Scholarship offers financial support to Army women serving, or who have honorably served, and their children.  The scholarship can be used for any educational expenses: tuition and fees, books and supplies, or on-campus room and board. 
Requirements
  • Woman who has served or is serving honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard, or the child of a woman who has served honorably in these branches
  • High school graduate with a minimum 2.5 GPA or GED 
  • Enrolled in accredited community college or accredited certificate granting institution 
Instructions and materials

Female students

Alamo Women's Club Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount Varies
About This scholarship opportunity is available to single mothers who are currently attending DVC, are planning to continue their education, and are residents of Contra Costa County.
Requirements
  • Single mother who is currently attending DVC
  • GPA of 3.0 in most recent continuous enrollment as a single mother
  • Resident of Contra Costa County
  • Strong commitment to continuing education      
Instructions and materials Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Criteria
Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Application
Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Recommendation Form
Alamo Women's Club Media & Photo Release Form

Blackhawk Women's Scholarship

Due date Sunday, March 18, 2018
Amount Varies
About Scholarship designed to assist women in Contra Costa County who have exhausted other sources of college aid.
Requirements
  • Female residing in Contra Costa County
  • Have at least a 3.5 unweighted GPA
  • Be active in community service
  • Be in need of financial aid
  • A graduating high school senior, or community college students ready to transfer, who will be attending a 4-year college/university in Fall 2018
Instructions and materials

Blackhawk Women's Scholarship website

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount $1,500
About This scholarship opportunity is available to women of Chicana/Latina heritage who are enrolled full-time in an accredited college, university, or community college in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo county.
Requirements
  • Be a woman of Chicana/Latina heritage.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the following Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo county.
  • Have lived at least two years in one of the above Northern California counties at the time of application.
  • Community College and Undergraduate students must:
        - be enrolled as a full-time college student (as defined by your institution*) when
          applying and for the following academic year, and
        - have completed 12 college units after high school graduation, and
        - have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for college course work.
  • Graduate students must:
        - be enrolled graduate/professional students completing course/thesis/dissertation;
          or have been accepted into graduate/professional school, and
        - have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for college course work.
  • Commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute (one weekend in August after being selected and one weekend the following year in February).
  • Commit to volunteering ten (10) hours for CLF before March the year after being selected.
  • Past CLF awardees may not re-apply until four years after receiving our scholarship.
Instructions and materials

Chicana/Latina Foundation website

Chicana/Latina Foundation scholarship application 

Diablo Vista Scholarship

Due date Thursday, February 1, 2018
Amount $5,000
About This scholarship is to provide needed financial support to graduating Diablo Valley College or Los Medanos College students transferring with junior status to a four-year accredited institution.  Several awards are available.  One scholarship is designated for applicants choosing a teaching profession as a career and another is for a re-entry woman.
Requirements
  • U.S. citizen
  • Currently enrolled full-time at Diablo Valley College or Los Medanos College
  • Eligible for transfer to an upper division program in a four-year accredited institution
  • Expecting to enroll full-time in an undergraduate program at a four-year institution and carry a full schedule leading to a degree
  • Able to provide evidence of financial need, if requested
Instructions and materials

Diablo Vista scholarship application

Diablo Vista scholarship recommendation form 

Return the fully completed and signed application, including all required documents.

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Scholarship 

Due date Sunday, December 31, 2018
Amount Up to $2,000
About

This scholarship opportunity is available to women who have primary financial responsibility for themselves and their dependents and are in need of funds to continue their undergraduate education.  The funds can be used for any education related expense including tuition, books, childcare, or transportation. 

Note: Students may apply for a scholarship from only one Soroptimist chapter.

Requirements
  • Provides primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
  • Has financial need.
  • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
  • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
  • Does not have a graduate degree.
  • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes and is only necessary if you are a resident of the United States. You will not be asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.)
Instructions and materials

 Contact DVC Scholarship Office at 925-969-2094 or scholarships@dvc.edu 

The Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship

Due date Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Amount Up to $2,500
About Scholarship offers financial support to Army women serving, or who have honorably served, and their children.  The scholarship can be used for any educational expenses: tuition and fees, books and supplies, or on-campus room and board. 
Requirements
  • Woman who has served or is serving honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard, or the child of a woman who has served honorably in these branches
  • High school graduate with a minimum 2.5 GPA or GED 
  • Enrolled in accredited community college or accredited certificate granting institution 
Instructions and materials

Students with dependents

Alamo Women's Club Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount Varies
About This scholarship opportunity is available to single mothers who are currently attending DVC, are planning to continue their education, and are residents of Contra Costa County.
Requirements
  • Single mother who is currently attending DVC
  • GPA of 3.0 in most recent continuous enrollment as a single mother
  • Resident of Contra Costa County
  • Strong commitment to continuing education      
Instructions and materials Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Criteria
Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Application
Alamo Women's Club Scholarship Recommendation Form
Alamo Women's Club Media & Photo Release Form

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Scholarship 

Due date Sunday, December 31, 2018
Amount Up to $2,000
About

This scholarship opportunity is available to women who have primary financial responsibility for themselves and their dependents and are in need of funds to continue their undergraduate education.  The funds can be used for any education related expense including tuition, books, childcare, or transportation. 

Note: Students may apply for a scholarship from only one Soroptimist chapter.

Requirements
  • Provides primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
  • Has financial need.
  • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
  • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
  • Does not have a graduate degree.
  • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes and is only necessary if you are a resident of the United States. You will not be asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.)
Instructions and materials

 Contact DVC Scholarship Office at 925-969-2094 or scholarships@dvc.edu 

Foster youth

Foster Youth Scholarship - Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Due date Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Amount $500-$4,000
About Scholarship for current or former foster youth. Assistance League of Diablo Valley provides funding for scholarships to help cover tuition, books and supplies, and other expenses.
Requirements
  • Applicant must be a current or former dependent of the court in the foster care program of Contra Costa County and living in the county or elsewhere, or a current or former dependent of the court in the foster care program of another county but living in Contra Costa County
  • Applicant must be a high school student, G.E.D. recipient, or other student eligible to attend or enrolled in an accredited four-year college, community college or vocational school or a community college graduate transferring to an accredited four-year college or university
  • Applicant must not be an Assistance League chapter member, an Assisteens® member, the relative of a chapter member, or an employee of Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Instructions and materials

Project Foster Youth College Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount $600
About Project Foster Youth College Scholarships are unrestricted $600 grants paid directly to foster youth to assist with college expenses. 
Requirements
  • Current or former foster youth from California who was in court-ordered foster care on or at any point after age 13
  • Currently enrolled or have been accepted and plan to enroll in a college or university for the upcoming fall semester 
Instructions and materials Application and instructions will be posted when available

Returning students

Sandi Lou Back to School Scholarship - Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Due date Thursday, March 29, 2018
Amount/type $2,500; one-time
About Scholarship for re-entry students. Assistance League of Diablo Valley provides funding for a scholarship to help cover tuition, books, and supplies. 
Requirements
  • High school graduate or G.E.D. recipient
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Planning to attend or currently enrolled in an accredited community college or vocational school
  • Resident of Contra Costa County, California
  • Applicant must not be an Assistance League chapter member, an Assisteens® member, the relative of a chapter member, or an employee of Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Instructions and materials

Spotlight on You Scholarship - Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Due date Thursday, March 29, 2018
Amount/type Up to $3,000; renewable
About Scholarship for students in vocational/career technology programs. Assistance League of Diablo Valley provides funding for a scholarship to help cover tuition, books, and supplies.
Requirements
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a vocational and/or technology program
  • Resident of Contra Costa County
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 
  • Financial need
  • Job/school/community activities and special needs
  • There will be a mandatory personal interview during April with members of the Assistance League of Diablo Valley Scholarships Committee to assist in the selection process.  At that time, applicants must fully disclose all other scholarships, grants, or financial aid for which they have have applied or received. 
Instructions and materials

Horticulture students

California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANERS) Foundation Scholarship

Due date TBA 
Amount Varies
About Scholarship designed to assist students pursuing an education and career in horticulture at two and four year colleges that offer horticulture certificates or degrees.
Requirements
  • Legibility is critical (12-point type preferred - No unusual fonts)
  • Grades are important but a B student who participates in horticulture related activities may be selected over the A student who does not participate in FFA or 4-H or other related activities.
  • Current school year letters of recommendation are important. Sources to contact for these letters are noted on the application. Email letters of recommendation are not accepted.
  • Current transcripts need to be included with the application. Computer-generated transcripts (not printed by the school's Admissions and Records Office) must be signed by the horticulture instructor.
Instructions and materials California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers website

Real estate, business or finance students

Solano Association of Realtors Foundation

Due date On-going
Amount $1,000
About Scholarships designed to offer financial assistance to worthy and qualified college students in attendance at an accredited junior college, state college, or university (public or private).  Academic accomplishments and financial need is considered during the selection process.
Requirements
  • Must reside within the boundaries of the Solano Association of REALTORS which includes, Benicia, Vallejo, Green Valley, Cordelia, and American Canyon.
  • Students must intend to specialize in real estate or related fields such as business or finance.
  • Attachment of academic accomplishments
  • Provide most current transcripts
  • Participation in an interview with the scholarship committee
Instructions and materials

Undocumented students

E4FC New American Scholarship

Due date TBA
Amount $7,000
About This scholarship opportunity is available to low-income undocumented college and graduate students who live or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Priority is given to applicants who are not eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or who are not eligible for AB540 status. 
Requirements
  • Foreign-born
  • Financial need
  • Do not have a visa, permanent residency (green card) or citizenship in the U.S.
  • Current or intended enrollment in an accredited college or graduate program for 2018-2019
  • Minimum 3.3 cumulative high school GPA for high school students; minimum 3.0 cumulative college GPA for college/graduate students
  • Demonstrated academic preparation and community/extracurricular involvement
  • Previous or intended graduation from a high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo counties or current or expected enrollment in a college or university located in one of the 11 San Francisco Bay Area counties indicated above

Priority is given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria (in addition to the scholarship requirements indicated above):

  • Not eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Not eligible for AB540 status 
Instructions and materials E4FC New American website

Vocational/technology students


Contact Scholarship Office

Contact

Telephone: 925-969-2094

Email: scholarships@dvc.edu

Fax: 925-691-1132 

Office location: SSC building, first floor Pleasant Hill campus map

Hours

Office hours
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: Closed

Drop-in hours (photo ID required)
Monday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Friday: Closed 

Contact

Telephone: 925-969-2094

Email: scholarships@dvc.edu

Fax: 925-691-1132 

Office location

West building, Admissions and Records, San Ramon campus map 

Drop-in hours (photo ID required)

Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.