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 MARCH 31.
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 8, 2018 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 2017
Left to right, back to front: Sean Kelker, Julia Samuel, Sharon Xiao, Arya Adibi, Nicole Nelson, Mikaela Fenton

Scholarship Awards

Sean Kelker
Sean is a Senior at Pioneer High School and for the last two years President of the Robotics Club in which he was unanimously elected by his peers and has over doubled the size of the club. He has also been a Youth Task Force Commissioner in which he is the voice of his peers in the County by reviewing policies, initiatives and designing recommendations on issues as they relate to children and youth. Sean will be attending Santa Clara University in the Fall with a major in Computer Engineering.

Julia Samuel
Julia is a Senior at Leland High School and seems well on her way to make a difference in the world around her. With a major in Political Science and/or Social Justice Julia is ready to make a change as either a teacher, lobbyist or activist. Her recommendation from her teacher really sums up Julia - “Julia is an exceptional student who has actually made me a better teacher as I have striven to attain for myself, the same high goals she sets for herself.” 

Sharon Xiao
Sharon is a Senior at Leland High School with a sincere love for her community. As a junior, Sharon joined the team at YiYing Medical Clinic where she has been an autism support volunteer. She was also accepted as an intern in the Clinical Neuroscience at Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to increase her knowledge of mental illness. Additionally, she was accepted into the Science Internship program at UCSC to conduct psychological research on racial attitudes. With all of her work she has a deeper understanding on why more kids are suffering from anxiety and mental health. 

Mikaela Fenton
Mikaela is a Senior at Notre Dame High School. For all four years, she has been actively involved in Students Against Modern Slavery club where she is currently President. It is her passion to prevent human trafficking by raising social consciousness and education of her community. She created the Hummingbird Project website which includes a series of comprehensive video interviews with experts, government officials and advocates this is an impressive project, just like Mikaela, spreading awareness across the community and beyond.

Nicole Nelson
Nicole, a Senior at Notre Dame High School, is a true role model. As the leader of Students Against Destructive Decisions she presents curriculum to middle school students about healthy decision making. She also is a member of the JW House where she provides comfort for home away from home families facing medical crisis. Nicole also filters her leadership qualities at school as well where she is the Team Captain of the Swim Team. Her positive energy is contagious and others look up to her as the rock of the team.

Arya Adibi    
Arya is a Senior at Bellermine College Preparatory. What stands out about Arya is his dedication to the community. He is deeply involved with Sunday Friends where he has been designated as the Computer Coach. He met with the administration and initiated change within the workshops to focus on work and study skills. He is currently reprogramming all of the hardware and software to support those workshops and the teens and adults at Sunday Friends. He is on his way with a major in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering.
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