WGHS Scholarships

The Willow Glen Foundation manages fundraising accounts and coordinates applications for a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships made available to graduating WGHS students each year.

Please read below for details about each of the scholarship opportunities, including application criteria, that we expect to offer for the Class of 2021.

To help us provide these scholarships, please consider a donation to the Foundation, and simply add your scholarship preference to the note section at checkout.

If you are interesting in establishing a scholarship fund for WGHS students, please leave a note below or contact Scholarships@WillowGlenFoundation.org via email.


Willow Glen High School Scholarships ApplicationUpdated 2021

These scholarships are open to all Willow Glen High School Seniors who have attended WGHS for a minimum of one year and who plan to attend any 2-year or 4-year college, or vocational school. These scholarships are intended to help the recipient pay for further education.

Start Here: Online Scholarship Application

Scholarship application will go live by 3/4/21.

Complete online application must be submitted by Thursday 4/1/21 at 3:00 p.m.

No late applications accepted.

For specific questions, you may e-mail wgef.scholarships@gmail.com. Please allow 24 hours for a response.


Classes of 1994-2001 Scholarship

Amount: Multiple awards for at least $500 each. 

Description: 
This scholarship was established by alumni of the WGHS classes of 1994 – 2001 and will be awarded to well-rounded students with African-American, Black, Afro-Latino, Latino/a, and/or Latinx heritage who have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and/or community service to others.

Applicants with any of the characteristics listed below should note them in their common application essay and will be given special consideration during the review process:

  • Those who will be the first in their immediate family to attend trade school, community college, or university. 
  • Students pursuing a degree or training in automotive technology and mechanics, computer science, education, law, math, and/or skincare beauty industry. 
  • Current or former English Language Learner (ELL) students. 
  • LGBTQIA+ and non-binary individuals. 
  • Students who are or have been undocumented, unaccompanied minors, recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), and/or DREAMers. 
  • Students who are or have been in foster care, unsheltered, or teenage parents. 

Students who are or have been in the WGHS yearbook staff, free or reduced lunch program, WG Plus, and/or Silicon Valley Career Technical Education.

Founders listed in alphabetical order by last name:

Individuals

  • Surinder Kaur Dhaliwal, friend of the class of ‘97
  • Kathryn Ann “Kathy” Snyder, Esq., ‘97

Flores Family

  • Anna M. Flores Martinez, ’97
  • Jesús Flores “Chuy”, ’99
  • Teresa Flores “Terry”, ’99

Ortiz Pérez Family

  • Felipe E. Ortiz, ’94
  • M. Lucero Ortiz, Esq., ’97

Rosales Family 

  • Yeny M. Rosales, M.Ed., ‘97
  • Robin Rosales, ‘00
  • Manolo Rosales, ‘01

Sifuentes Family

  • Yanin Del Valle, ’97
  • Vanessa Sifuentes-Dinaamo, M.Ed., ‘98

Class of ‘53 Scholarships

Multiple scholarships of varying amounts, usually $500-$2000

These scholarships have been established by the WGHS Class of 1953, for students who have financial need.

In addition, the class is also offering two faculty memorial awards, The Harriett Burr Math/Science Award and the Mary Alice Hamm Humanities Award.

To qualify for these scholarships, you must be continuing your education after high school by:

  • Entering a 4 year domestic college or university with a GPA of 3.2 or higher, OR show significant improvement in GPA grade 9-12.
  • Entering a domestic community college with a GPA of 2.8 or higher, OR show significant improvement in GPA grades 9-12.
  • Entering a career technical training program. No minimum GPA requirement.
  • Special consideration given to those students who are planning to study nursing or another medical/health care field.

In addition to the common application essay, when applying for this scholarship also include a statement describing yourself. Be prepared with a copy of your 12th grade spring semester schedule, your parents’ tax returns from 2019 or 2020, or verification from school administration of eligibility for free or reduced lunch, or participation in Willow Glen Cares.


Class of ‘72 Scholarships

Multiple scholarships of varying amounts, usually $500-$2000
These scholarships have been established by the Willow Glen High School Class of 1972 for students with financial need who have overcome life circumstances and plan to attend college or vocational training.

To apply for this scholarship, be prepared to include a statement describing the challenges or obstacles you have faced, if that information is not included in your main essay. Also include 2019 or 2020 tax returns from your parent or guardian, or verification from school administration of eligibility for free/reduced lunch or participation in Willow Glen Cares.


Steven English Memorial Scholarship

This $2000 scholarship has been established by the family and friends of former WGHS student Steven English, to recognize high performing seniors that have shown a commitment to community service. Students that play or have played organized ice hockey during their high school years will be given special consideration during the review process. Not a need-based scholarship

Requires a minimum 3.0 GPA excluding the freshman year and 20 hours of community service.

To apply for this scholarship you should include a statement describing yourself, your education and career plans and what you have learned from your community service experiences, if that information is not addressed in your essay. If you would like to be given consideration as a hockey player, you must provide proof that you have been involved in an organized hockey program during your high school years. Proof can include a letter from a coach, a certified team roster, etc.


Guptill Family Community Service Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship was originally established by the Willow Glen Foundation to recognize seniors who have contributed to the community, both at Willow Glen High School and in the wider community. The Guptill family now maintains the scholarship and has asked that special consideration be given to students who have shown a commitment to social or racial justice. All students are welcome to apply.
 
To apply for this scholarship, include a statement describing your community service and social or racial justice efforts, if that is not addressed in your essay.

Willow Glen Education Foundation Scholarship

Multiple scholarships of varying amounts, usually $250-$1000

These scholarships are provided through a grant from the the Willow Glen Education Foundation and recognize outstanding Willow Glen High Seniors who have made a significant contribution to the school and their community.

Applicants are well-rounded students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, athletics, employment and/or service to others. Not a need-based scholarship

Requirements: 3.2 GPA

To apply for this scholarship, you must include a written paragraph (200-300 words) describing how being a student at WGHS has contributed to your personal development. This may be a lesson, experience, set of circumstances or something similar, unique to WGHS, which you feel has impacted you in a significant way. This is in addition to the main essay.


Art Meade Memorial Scholarship

Multiple scholarships of varying amounts, usually $1000-$5000

These scholarships have been established by the friends and family of Art Meade, a former Willow Glen High School educator. Applicants are well-rounded students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and/or service to others. Applicants must be entering San Jose State University, Cal-Poly-San Luis Obispo or Santa Clara University. Not a need-based scholarship.

Requires a minimum 3.2 GPA

To apply for this scholarship, include a statement describing yourself, your education, career plans and what unique experience while at WGHS has inspired you, if not addressed in your essay.


Murday/Dixon College Scholarship Fund

This $1000 scholarship is provided by Rebecca Murday and Josh Dixon, former Willow Glen High School students, who are current business professionals in the legal field and technology space, respectively. This scholarship is intended for outstanding students who have made significant contributions to their school and their community. Applicants are well-rounded students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, athletics, employment and/or service to others. Not a need-based scholarship.


In addition to these scholarships specifically awarded to WGHS seniors, we invite you to review our new Scholarship Resources webpage, compiled in conjunction with our Willow Glen Cares program and other volunteers. This new database includes many external opportunities for our students.