START @ DVC Scholarship

START @ DVC Scholarship

START offers scholarships to current or former foster youth currently pursuing their college education at Diablo Valley College or transferring from DVC to a four-year institution.

Award Cycle

Application filing period: Early November - Late January
Two (2) $500 scholarships disbursed at the end of each Spring semester

For more information or a scholarship application, contact:
Rudolf Rose 925-969-2097, ext. 2604 or
Lindsay Kong 925-969-2129 or

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current or former foster youth (verification must be on file with the Financial Aid Office) ages 17-25 years old
  • Must be at least a half-time DVC student (enrolled in 6.0 or more units) for the Spring semester
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must demonstrate a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA


Each applicant must submit:

  • START @ DVC Scholarship application form
  • Two letters of recommendation - we suggest at least one letter be written by a DVC staff person or faculty member.
  • One typed essay (1 page or 250 word minimum) communicating your reason(s) for pursuing higher education (future goals, how past experiences affect your ability to attain that goal, and what you hope to gain from additional education)
  • Proof of attendance from at least 2 DVC workshops (START-sponsored, Brown Bag, or, College Success) for the current academic year - must submit a START @ DVC scholarship workshop summaries form



Joanna Gonzales is a second year student here at DVC majoring in Early Childhood Education. Her goal is to transfer to Cal State East Bay to pursue her BA in Early Childhood Education.

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