Sometimes a DVC scholarship is the first award a student has ever gotten. It's a source of pride for someone who has struggled to be in a position to pursue a college education. For students it's all about confidence, self-worth and understanding they deserve an award. Getting a scholarship shows students that somebody believes in them.
As an example, students receive recognition in front of their friends, and, importantly, their families at the annual spring Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
Betty Niland chose to honor her late husband, Dr. William Niland with a named DVC Scholarship to continue his passion for quality education for DVC students. Dr. Niland served as President of DVC for 19 years from 1965 to 1984. The scholarship was established by his colleagues, friends and family to honor the memory of a man whose contributions to the education of our community are still being enjoyed today.
DVC library groundbreaking 1967; left to right: Tom Murry, Lee Winters, Bill Niland and George Gordon