Women in the Military


Applicants must be (discharge status or reserve status) and enrolled full time at Las Positas College in a STEM- based degree major or career certificate program. Former applicants and challenge grant scholarship winners may apply or re-apply in subsequent years as long as they continue to meet the above-listed criteria.

Complete and Submit the Online Scholarship Application Form by February 19, 2019.  A completed application includes the following:

  • Complete answers to the personal information section of the online application form
  • Responses to Three Essay Questions: One Mandatory Essay Question and Two Questions chosen from five additional essay question options.

Each essay response is limited to a maximum of 350 words;

For the two additional questions, you should select questions that are most relevant to your experience and that best reflect your individual circumstances.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Campbell: info@valleyveteransfoundation.org
Keep in mind
·       All questions have equal value, including the Mandatory question, so there is no advantage or disadvantage to choosing certain questions over others.
·       There is no right or wrong way to answer these questions. Their purpose is to help us get to know your personality, background, interests and achievements in your own unique voice.   

Questions & Guidance Prompts

Remember, the personal questions are just that — personal. Which means you should use our “Things to Consider” guidance prompts for each question only as suggestions in case you need help.  The important thing is expressing who you are, what matters to you, and what you want to share with VVF.  

Mandatory Question

This question is required. Please describe how you have prepared for your intended major, including your readiness to succeed in your upper-division courses once you enroll at a university.

Things to consider: How did your interest in your major develop? Do you have any experience related to your major outside the classroom — such as volunteer work, internships and employment, or participation in student organizations and activities? If you haven’t had experience in the field, consider including experience in the classroom. This may include working with faculty or doing research projects.

Additional Questions

1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.  

Things to consider: A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or taking lead role in organizing an event or project. Think about your accomplishments and what you learned from the experience.  What were your responsibilities? 

Did you lead a team? How did your experience change your perspective on leading others? And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to Military activities.  For example, do you help out or take care of your family?

2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.  

Things to consider:  What does creativity mean to you? Do you have a creative skill that is important to you? What have you been able to do with that skill? If you used creativity to solve a problem, what was your solution? What are the steps you took to solve the problem?

How does your creativity influence your decisions inside or outside the classroom? Does your creativity relate to your major or a future career?   

3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?  

Things to consider: If there’s a talent or skill that you’re proud of, this is the time to share it. You don’t necessarily have to be recognized or have received awards for your talent (although if you did and you want to talk about, feel free to do so). Why is this talent or skill meaningful to you?

Does the talent come naturally or have you worked hard to develop this skill or talent? Does your talent or skill allow you opportunities in or outside the classroom? If so, what are they and how do they fit into your schedule?   

4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

Things to consider: An educational opportunity can be anything that has added value to your educational experience and better prepared you for college. For example, participation in an honors or academic enrichment program, or enrollment in an academy that’s geared toward an occupation or a major, or taking advanced courses that interest you — just to name a few. 

If you choose to write about educational barriers you’ve faced, how did you overcome or strived to overcome them? What personal characteristics or skills did you call on to overcome this challenge? How did overcoming this barrier help shape who are you today?   

5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?

Things to consider: A challenge could be personal, or something you have faced in your community, school or while in the Military. Why was the challenge significant to you? This is a good opportunity to talk about any obstacles you’ve faced and what you’ve learned from the experience. Did you have support from someone else or did you handle it alone?

If you’re currently working your way through a challenge, what are you doing now, and does that affect different aspects of your life? For example, ask yourself, “How has my life changed at home, at my school, with my friends, or with my family?”