Academic & Service Scholarships

We are committed to serving the needs of the Almaden Valley community and those of greater San Jose through funds raised at our annual fundraiser – the Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival. Every year, some of the proceeds from our festival are donated as Academic & Service Scholarships to graduating seniors living in Almaden Valley. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and community service.

High school seniors graduating in the current academic year
High school seniors enrolled for fall of the upcoming academic year as a full time student in an accredited college, university, community college or trade school 
Students who have a minimum GPA of 3.3
Students who reside in the 95118, 95120 or 95123 zip code areas.

Completed applications must be postmarked and in our P.O. Box by April 1st.
Applications are reviewed by our Scholarship Committee in April.
Notifications letters are mailed to all Scholarship Recipients by the end of April.
Scholarship Recipients agree to attend the Almaden Valley Women's Club Scholarship and Logo Award Ceremony to be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Almaden Community Center to receive their scholarship award. No Awards will be mailed. Your attendance is mandatory. Families and friends are also invited to attend.

Download the application below.
Complete the application and mail it to:

Scholarship Chair
Almaden Valley Women’s Club
P.O. Box 20084
San Jose, CA 95160 

AVWC Scholarship Recipients 2016
Scholarship Awards

Jonathan Pang
Jonathan has had a unique experience most different than other traditional high school students as he has been homeschooled for four years. His early decision to Rice University (Weiss School of Natural Sciences) with the emphasis on biology, biochemistry and public health policy puts him on the track to be a physician and/or a biomedical researcher in the future. Jonathan has also poured himself into the community. He has volunteered for Joni and friends, a week-long camp for special needs children and their siblings. He has also taken several summer trips to build houses for the impoverished in Mexico. Jonathan has an inner drive to help and make a difference in society.  

Esther Wang
Esther is a student at Harker School where she has excelled in being the co-founder of the Timely Rain Nonprofit Organization as the co-founder and current CEO. Members like Esther fundraise to lend money to impoverished villagers in China at low interest rates through Peer-to-Peer Lending. As member and Director of Operations of the Angel Heart International, Esther travels to the Lanzhou providence in China to interview families who cannot provide their diagnosed children with congenital heart disease with heart surgery congenital heart disease. There is no end to Esther’s passion and generosity with her time.

Niveditha Lakshminarayanan
Niveditha is a student at University Preparatory Academy where she has maintained a 4.0 GPA all 4 years while staying active in school and community activities. A highlight of Niveditha’s activities is the SOUL Club (Speaking out for Universal Literacy where she proofread books so they can be translated into Braille format to b publically available and read by the visually impaired across the world. Niveditha continues her involvement in the community by co-founding Inclusive World where she guides special need adolescents through art and programming projects to help them gain life skills and eventually a job. Great job Niveditha!

Sierra Thompson-Klima
Sierra is a student at Leland High School who stands out as her normal way of life is to volunteer – not because it was a graduation requirement but because she is truly passionate about helping others. She realized that, while playing field hockey there was a lack of youth involvement which sparked an idea – to start a youth-lead volunteer referee team. From the beginning people became better community members with improved hockey skills. The team she started had tripled in size. She has also taken an active role as a commissioner at Leland High School ASB choosing to lead the Giving Tree Foundation. Her success and leadership help provide more than 500 gifts to needy families. Sierra’s gives back to her community not because it is required but because she enjoys serving her community.
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