Applications to become a new Diablo Valley College EOPS student for the Spring 2014 semester are being accepted through Friday, January 23, 2014. The office will stop accepting applications at 1pm on Friday.

Students who are accepted in the program are eligible for a wide variety of valuable services to help them succeed in college, including the following:

Priority registration – Be one of the first students allowed to register for classes Academic, career, and personal counseling – Two counselors are dedicated to seeing EOPS students only. This means it might be easier for EOPS students to get counseling appointments Book vouchers – Free money to help you pay for some of your expensive textbooks Tutoring – Free peer-to-peer tutoring available in certain subjects and much, much more!

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

Be a California resident Be a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more units) your first semester in the program (a 9-unit minimum exception can be made for parent students and foster youth) Not have an Associate Degree or higher or more than 70 degree applicable units Be qualified to receive the Board of Governors Fee Waiver

To ensure your spot in the program, stop by the EOPS Office to pick up an application, or contact your START coordinators for more information.

For more information about EOPS, visit their website:


[reposted from the 8/20/13 John Burton Foundation newsletter]

The John Burton Foundation Announces New Program for College Bound Foster Youth 

Starting this academic year, the John Burton Foundation will increase their support to foster youth in college by creating the Burton Fund, a new initiative that will pay up to $500/student for books needed for the upcoming school year. The Burton Fund will enhance the current Burton Scholars Backpack to Success Program by directly paying for the books needed for their classes so that students will not suffer a delay in purchasing this essential tool to further their studies.

This new initiative is open to all students who are Chafee grant eligible and have this information confirmed by their Financial Aid/Guardian Scholar Office. For more information, please contact Diane Matsuda at the John Burton Foundation:

The deadline for applying for the Diablo Valley College Foster Youth Transition Scholarship has been extended until Tuesday, September 4, 2012. If you haven’t already done so, I highly encourage you to apply.

To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a newly entering former foster youth within two years of completing high school
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 units (exceptions can be made for students in the DSS program)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have completed the matriculation process

To apply, please click on the application link. Please read the instructions carefully as there are numerous pieces of information required: 2012 Foster Youth Transition Application

A new scholarship has been created for incoming Diablo Valley College freshmen who formerly in the foster care system. The scholarship is awarded in $1,000 installments, once per semester for four semester. Click on the following link to access the scholarship application: 2012 Foster Youth Transition Application

The deadline to apply is quickly approaching: Thursday, 8/30/12. For more information or to pick up a hard copy of the application, contact either of your START coordinators ( (Lindsay) or (Rudolf)). For more information, you may also contact Leslie Mills, DVC Scholarship Coordinator (

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to help fund your college education.

If you are planning to attend a college or university in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013, and you’re interested in applying for federal financial aid, now is the time to submit your FAFSA for the 2012-2013 academic year. The priority filing deadline is coming up on Friday, March 2, 2012. To submit your FAFSA, go to, and click on the “START HERE” button in the middle of the page.

Since federal aid is assigned on a rolling basis, the sooner you submit your FAFSA, the better. If you need more assistance submitting your FAFSA or would like to find out about other sources of financial aid to help you pay for college, contact a START coordinator today (

The DVC Scholarship application period continues through Thursday, February 2, 2012. You can now access the 60+ scholarships currently available to continuing DVC students and see what is available. If you are in need of extra financial assistance to help fund your college education, don’t miss out on this opportunity.

To apply, you will need to complete the online application, submit two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a DVC faculty member or administrator), and write a personal statement/essay. If you need any help with the process, feel free to contact Rudolf or Lindsay for assistance.

Access the DVC scholarship application here:

piggy bank collegeWhat other sources of financial aid can I apply for?
What does a winning scholarship application look like?
What opportunities are out there for me?

If you want answers to these questions and more, attend an upcoming scholarship workshop.

In conjunction with EOPS, several scholarship workshops will be offered to help you get a leg up on the competition. Leslie Mills, the DVC Scholarship Coordinator, can answer all your questions about opportunities for current DVC students to earn more money for college. True, it takes more work to apply for a scholarship, but the benefits are huge. A few hours of work could translate into a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars.

DVC Scholarship Workshop (2 sessions)
Session I – Tuesday, 11/3, 11am-12pm – Student Services Center, Room 216
Sesssion II – Thursday, 11/12, 3-4pm – Student Services Center, Room 216

Kennedy King Scholarship Workshop (2 sessions)
(for minority students planning to transfer Fall 2010)
Session I – Monday, 11/16, 3:30-4:30pm – Student Services Center, Room 216
Session II – Wednesday, 11/18, 5-6pm – Student Services Center, Room 216
Session III – Tuesday, 12/1, 2-3pm – Student Services Center, Room 216

To RSVP for any of the above workshops, contact Lindsay at (925) 685-1230, ext. 2076, or stop by the EOPS Office and let us know in person.

And we’re back…

August 26, 2009

Now that it’s already the 2nd week of school, we hope your classes are going well. If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to see Rudolf in Financial Aid or Lindsay in EOPS.

Did you know it’s still not too late to apply for financial aid or EOPS? EOPS is a program on campus that helps students with counseling, tutoring, priority registration, and free money for textbooks. They will be accepting applications for new students through Friday, August 28th. If you are planning to be in at least 9 units this semester, be sure to submit your Board of Governors Fee Waiver to the Financial Aid Office and your EOPS application in the EOPS office before the end of the week!

For more information, visit, or call Lindsay at (925) 685-1230, ext. 2076.