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Scholarships

Scholarships and Vouchers – Assistance that makes the difference

The Foothill-De Anza Foundation is committed to promoting the highest levels of student success.  Our efforts and your charitable gifts make possible scholarships and other financial assistance that allow thousands of students to advance their postsecondary education. The foundation’s focus on student success ensures the greatest educational impact of every donor dollar. 

Last year alone, the foundation provided more than $3 million in program support including scholarships, book vouchers and stipends to Foothill and De Anza college students.  Adequate financial support is a key element in academic success. Again and again our scholarship recipients tell us that when community members invest in them, they are motivated to continue their education. 

Many of our students are economically disadvantaged, first in their families to attend college or single parents. Some struggle academically.  Donations to the foundation help support student success programs that connect these students to supportive communities of counselors, advisers, tutors and study groups.

Donors can give a gift of any amount to existing scholarship and book-voucher funds, or create and endow a named scholarship.  For more detailed information on scholarship giving click here.

Faculty Support

Teaching & Learning on the Cutting Edge

Gifts to the foundation support faculty in developing new curriculum that encourages critical thinking, problem solving and a lifelong love of learning in our students. Our instructors choose to work here because they love to teach. They understand that Silicon Valley’s students must learn to communicate, collaborate and innovate to meet our evolving workforce needs.  Foothill-De Anza faculty members contribute regionally, nationally and internationally to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Foothill music instructor Dr. Elizabeth Barkley is known worldwide for her expertise on engaging students. Author of two best-selling books on effective teaching, Dr. Barkley has won many teaching awards including California Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She’s served as a Leadership Fellow through the American Council on Education and was named a Carnegie Scholar in the discipline of music with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Our students agree. She is an awesome teacher!

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Special Programs

Where Education Meets Innovation Meets Excellence

Fostering a culture of innovation and excellence.  Students come to Foothill-De Anza for forward-looking programs, because of our excellent reputation in the community and their confidence that the skills they acquire here, will be sought after by Silicon Valley employers.

Workforce Development Programs and Initiatives

Our ongoing engagement with the region’s globally competitive companies helps meet their demand for skilled workers and reduce recruitment costs.  For many employees, Foothill-De Anza provides the knowledge and skills to advance careers as well as to stay economically productive at a time of economic change. Our state certification programs, which enjoy a nearly 100% passing rate, help maintain the region’s economic and employment diversity.

Krause Center for Innovation

K-12 educators come to Foothill’s Krause Center for Innovation to sharpen their teaching skills and discover new ways to harness technology to capture the imagination of today’s students.   Serving over 14,000 teachers since 2000, the Krause Center provides innovative professional development to help educators transform their teaching practice.   Click here for more information on the Krause Center for Innovation.

Foothill Science Learning Institute

The future of Silicon Valley’s economy depends on a workforce proficient in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Foothill-De Anza is unswerving in our commitment to provide a solid STEM foundation.  The Foothill Science Learning Institute is an example of our commitment by providing an innovative model based on educational research and best practices for the successful teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at all levels.  Teaching strategies and hands-on learning approach encourages students to explore the process of science, not just the solution.  Collaborating with Silicon Valley biotechnology and nanotechnology companies, NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University, the Institute offers high-level research internships to our students for valuable experience.  The Institute is located in the Physical Sciences & Engineering Center, an impressive 65,800 square feet state-of-the-art center opened in 2013 made possible by funding from the Measure C Bond that features a lab building, classroom building and a commons area. Click here for more information on Foothill's Science and Learning Institute.

Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy In Action

We also champion engagement with local communities. Since 2005 De Anza’s Institute of Community and Civic Engagement, renamed the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action in 2015, (VIDA) has initiated dozens of projects and initiatives designed to empower students to become agents of change in their communities, foster education that meets the needs of the communities we serve, and develop pathways to participation in local, state and federal government decision-making.  In fact, De Anza is one of the first community colleges to offer a certificate in Leadership and Social Change. Click here for more information on the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action.

Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies

Our modern campuses function as living laboratories for students.  Leading the way is the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies. Opened to students in September 2005, the Kirsch Center is the lead demonstration building for energy, innovation and sustainability in the California Community Colleges system, and the first community college building in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum status.  Today, the Kirsch Center is a statewide training center for energy professionals and building facilities staff.  The department offers a rich curriculum focused on environmental sustainability and partners with community organizations to give students real-world experience through projects like field study in the Coyote Wildlife Corridor in Santa Clara Valley. Click here for more information on the Kirsch Center.

Goals & Milestones

Clear Priorities, Solid Returns

Foothill-De Anza Foundation proudly supports two of the most distinguished colleges in the California Community Colleges system.  Since 1975, the Foothill-De Anza Foundation has raised millions of charitable dollars in funding that benefits Foothill and De Anza students in a host of ways. The vision of the
Foothill-De Anza Foundation is a national model for multi-faceted collaboration in building outstanding success. We are accomplishing this by:

Singular source for student success

By providing support ranging from supplies and stipends to internships and scholarships, we make a critical difference in the academic lives of thousands of students every year – and enable the colleges to deliver on their core value of open access to everyone.

Bringing the power of community, faculty and partners together

Championing the colleges today and tomorrow, we forge the relationships that help us stay at the educational forefront.

Ensuring a strong sustainable future for an
educational cornerstone of Silicon Valley

As new programs and facilities create new opportunities to excel, we find the resources to realize them.