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 2019.

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 2019

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 (Opens a new window in Google Forms)

Completed online application and attachments must be turned in to Ms. Yesson in the College & Career Center by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 25, 2019.
No late applications accepted.

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


Class of ‘53 Scholarships

Multiple scholarships of varying amounts, usually $750-$2500
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 Harriette 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.

To apply for this scholarship, be prepared with a copy of your 12th grade spring semester schedule, your parents’ tax returns from 2017 or 2018 (or verification from school administration of eligibility for free or reduced lunch).

If you would like to apply for the Harriette Burr Math/Science Award, you must include a letter of recommendation from a science or math teacher. If you would like to apply for the Mary Alice Hamm Humanities Award,you must include a letter of recommendation from an English or Performing Arts teacher.


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 a copy of your parents’ 2017 or 2018 tax returns.


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 40 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 has been established by the Willow Glen Education Foundation to recognize seniors who have contributed to the community, both at Willow Glen High School and in the wider community. Not a need-based scholarship.

To apply for this scholarship, include a statement describing your community service and what it means to you to be a good citizen and a positive member of the community, 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 Robby Paine 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.

To apply for this scholarship, a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher is required.