STARS Online Scholarship

Please check back in November for information about the next scholarship application cycle. 

Important Dates

Date & Time

Scholarship Application Workshop - Application Period Opens

December 1, 2014

 Application Period Closes

February 3, 2015

Thank You Letters Due - Submit to NVC Foundation Office Room 1532 (stationary available in the Financial Aid Office, Room 1132)

May 14, 2015

Acceptance Forms Due - Submit to NVC Foundation Office, Room 1532  (Click to Open Form)

May 14, 2015

rSVP your attendance at the Scholarship Ceremony to 

May 14, 2015

Scholarship Awards Ceremony, Performing Arts Center

May 28, 2015


Napa Valley College provides a variety of scholarships to current students.  These scholarships are made possible by the generous donations from the Napa Valley College Foundation and various individuals, organizations, and businesses.  We are grateful for the support they offer NVC students.

STARS Online offers a user-friendly application process for students.  Please review the application materials and instructions before you begin. 


The application will open on December 2, 2013 and close on February 4, 2014.  Recipients are selected by the scholarship committee, which is comprised of faculty and staff. Selections are made on a competitive basis with consideration given to:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Financial Need
  • Volunteer Service to School and Community
  • Other Selected Criteria


  • SHOULD have completed 12 units at NVC by the end of the Fall 2013 semester;
  • SHOULD have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at NVC by the end of the Fall 2013 semester with the exception of The Osher Scholarship which requires 2.0 cumulative GPA;
  • MUST maintain enrollment in 6 units at NVC during the Spring 2014 semester;
  • MUST be a U.S. citizen,  eligible non-citizen, or qualify under AB 540 criteria (contact Admissions and Records to verify your status if you are not sure; international students are not eligible).

In addition:

  • MOST scholarships require full-time (12 or more units) enrollment at an accredited institution during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree are generally not eligible.

All students are encouraged to complete the financial aid application (FAFSA) (AB540 students who are not U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens should complete the Dream Act application to be considered for the widest range of scholarships. For more information about available financial assistance, please click the Financial Aid link at the left of this page.  Contact the Financial Aid/EOPS Office, Room 1132, during normal business hours:  Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays until 7:00 p.m, and Fridays until 12:00 p.m.  Telephone:  (707) 256-7300.




Adapted from an article by Susan Hiraki, EOPS Director, Las Positas College

1.     Before beginning the essay, think of your life in a global way.  What have been the accomplishments, crises, obstacles related to your education?  Take some notes and don’t worry about the organization of these random thoughts. Make sure you begin this process early enough to gather useful information. Talk to your family and friends about how they view you because they may see your achievements more clearly than you do.

2.     It is appropriate to talk about personal crises, but your essay should tie these in to how you overcame them and what this has to do with education.  For example, you may cite an accident that left you disabled. You may want to elaborate on the recovery process and how it contributed to who you are now and why education has become more important to you because of this traumatic experience.  The reader should get a sense of your stamina, resilience, creativity, and other personal resources that would lead him/her to believe you could draw on these reserves to be successful in achieving your goals.

3.     Your essay should have an introduction, middle, and a conclusion. Begin by introducing yourself and what you intend to say, the middle should, in a more comprehensive form, reflect what your introduction said you would discuss; and the conclusion should sum up all the information in a logical progression.  You could decide to write your introduction last so that it can be truly specific in its purpose.

4.     It is not necessary to use long and complicated words. If you do, make sure you are using them appropriately and with the correct spelling.  It is more effective to use ordinary words in clear statements.

5.     When you begin writing your essay, do not worry about using all the correct words and phrases because this may block your thinking and writing.  Take a deep breath and let yourself feel the freedom of your own ability to express yourself. Keep writing without stopping to search for “just the right word” and skip over anything that doesn’t come to you readily. Don’t worry about spelling, content, or correct English usage as it will keep you from saying some important things about yourself.

6.     After you have written a first draft, go back over it to be sure that you have responded to the prompt or the instructions.  Make a good case for why you are unique and how your experiences will help you with your college education. Four-year schools expect you to be mature enough to extrapolate lessons from experiences. What unique contributions will you make as a student and as an alumnus? It would be a good idea to answer this question in your entire short answer questionnaire regardless of where you apply because it indicates vision and self esteem.

7.     When you are ready to write your final draft, go back to numbers 2 through 7.  Check for spelling, grammar, and logical, linear thought progression.  Does everything in the conclusion relate to your educational goals?

8.     Again, do this exercise early enough so that you will have time to write the essay, as well as time for other people to proof it and offer you some feedback.

9.     If this feels overwhelming, go back to number 5 and take a deep breath.  Remember, the subject matter is you, and you are the greatest authority on this topic. Write from your heart, and worry about all the intellectual concerns when you are working on the finished product. 

Click the box below to access STARS 

Returning Users

> On the STARS login page click on Forgot Your Password? Click Here! to reset your password.  You must enter your STARS username or your NVC student ID number.  A temporary password will be sent to your email address on record in STARS. 

> If you are unable to access your login and password information through STARS, please come to the Financial Aid/EOPS Office in Room 1132 for assistance, or call Valerie Mull at (707) 256-7306.