Scholarships have been established through the generosity of businesses, associations and individuals. These scholarships reward student achievement, encourage student leadership and accomplishment, and provide needed financial assistance.
Scholarships have been instituted to honor or remember family, friends or organizations. Some scholarships are created to provide trained professionals in needed fields of study. For whatever reason, financial assistance helps students receive the necessary education to compete in today’s world.
Creating a scholarship
A scholarship can be established through an endowment or an annual award.
List of endowed scholarships
List of annual scholarships
Click here for the Scholarship Donation form, print it and mail it to the Foundation office. We have two types of scholarships: annual awards that are not endowed and endowed awards. If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 253-3374.
Endowments provide funds for the scholarship in perpetuity, but do require a minimum amount of $10,000 to establish and to activate. Donors may begin a fund with a contribution of $1,000, provided that additional contributions are made to reach the amount of $10,000 within a five-year period. Once a scholarship fund reaches permanent status, one year is needed to accumulate income sufficient to fund the scholarship award. Prior to activation of the scholarship, all annual interest and earnings from the investment of the fund will be returned to the principle to help achieve the minimum specified amount. A scholarship may be awarded in the academic year a fund is established, only if the donor(s) augments the account by an additional amount that is specified for the scholarship award. If minimum funding ($10,000 or more) is not accomplished within five years after the initial contribution, all accumulated contributions will be placed in a pooled NVCF scholarship endowment fund (a fund which provides awards to high school, continuing and transfer students).
1. Are funds restricted for scholarships, generally awarded to students on an annual basis each May.
2. Allow a donor to establish the criteria for selection of the scholarship recipient(s).
3. Share in the annual distribution of earnings generated by NVC Foundation investments.
The amount of the scholarship to be awarded depends on the amount of the endowment. For example: A $10,000 endowment will generate approximately $400-$500 each year.
Investment of the principal of each endowment shall be handled in accordance with Foundation investment policies, with the goal of achieving maximum earnings for each fund. Written records of the performance of each endowment are kept in the NVC Foundation office.
Annual scholarships can be established with a one-time contribution or as an annual scholarship to a student or students. As of July 1, 2006, minimum scholarship award amounts are $300. A donor may name a general scholarship (no criteria) with a minimum $500 contribution; donations of $1,000 or more enable a donor to set broad criteria; and $2,500+ donations may be named with full criteria.
1. Are awarded in the year the money is received by the Foundation (unless otherwise specified).
2. Are expendable funds and do not share in the distribution of earnings.
3. Allow a donor to establish the criteria for selection of the scholarship recipient(s), for donations of $1,000 or more, or allow the NVC Scholarship Committee the opportunity to award the scholarship to a deserving students who would not otherwise be selected.
Past recipients of scholarships at Napa Valley College
2010-2011 Scholarship Recipients
2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients
2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients
2007-2008 Scholarship Recipients
2006-2007 Scholarship Recipients
2005-2006 Scholarship Recipients
Applying for scholarships
Scholarship applications are available from the NVC Financial Aid/EOPS Office. To learn more, contact them at (707) 253-3020 or visit their website Scholarship page. Scholarship workshops are conducted in December.
What happens when a scholarship is established?
The recipients are selected annually by a scholarship committee of NVC faculty, staff, and administrators. Each spring, the college holds an Annual Scholarship Ceremony. Donors or their representatives are notified of the recipient and invited to participate by meeting the recipient and having their picture taken. In addition, the NVC Foundation publishes the list of awardees in the Annual Scholarship program and on this web page.
Average costs for academic year 2010-2011
The cost to an NVC student, for two semesters using the estimated 9-month standard budget amount for a full-time NVC student single/independent or dependent away from home now totals over $17,000*.
Books & Supplies $1,620
Room and Board $10,980
Average full-time enrollment fees $738
* budget figures based on federal, state & local guidelines
California Community College Scholarship Endowment
Join us in an historic fundraising campaign that is changing the way community colleges raise funds to support students. The Bernard Osher Foundation is helping launch the first statewide fundraising campaign for the California Community Colleges by providing a 1 to 2 match for scholarship contributions until June 2011. The goal of NVC equals $258,000 for a match of $129,000. Click here for more information (goes to the Foundation for Community Colleges site).
Your support of this endowment will touch many lives in perpetuity. Contributions of $14,000 or more will result in a named fund. Click here for the CCC Scholarship Endowment form. For more information on this opportunity contact Sonia Wright, NVC Foundation Executive Director, (707) 253-3378 or email@example.com