Awards & Scholarships

Scholarships

Staff Development Scholarship

The NorCal WESTOP Staff Development Scholarship financially assists current TRIO staff members enrolling/currently enrolled in graduate school for the Fall 2023 semester. NorCal WESTOP understands the importance of pursuing graduate degrees, and therefore, offers this opportunity as a commitment to the professional development of its membership.

A scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to a NorCal WESTOP staff member enrolling/currently enrolled in graduate school for the Fall 2023 semester. The scholarship disbursement will be made upon submission of proof of enrollment. Proof of enrollment must be a letter or class schedule endorsed by the institution’s registrar for the Fall term of 2023.The award will be presented at the Annual Professional Development Seminar December 7, 2023.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. Must be current and paid member of WESTOP;
  2. Candidates must be currently enrolled or planning to attend graduate school part-time or full-time in the Fall of 2023; and
  3. ONLY applications meeting the deadline and submitted via Google Form will be considered.

Nominate for the Staff Development Scholarship HERE!

This application closes November 27, 2023 at 11:59 pm. Best of luck!

If any questions or concerns arise, please contact Scholarship chair, Alison Saechao, via email at norcal.westop.scholarship@gmail.com.

Leona Wilkinson Award

The NorCal WESTOP Leona Wilkinson Award recognizes the dedication and commitment Leona Wilkinson had for the Humboldt State Upward Bound Program as their Administrative Assistant. This award was created and approved by the NorCal WESTOP board on May 1, 2015, to honor and recognize the work of TRIO Administrative Assistants. NorCal WESTOP understands the importance of administrative staff and the unconditional support they provide to our offices and students.

An amount of $300 will be awarded to a NorCal WESTOP Administrative Assistant. The award will be presented at our Annual Professional Development Seminar December 7, 2023.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Must be current and paid member of WESTOP.
  2. ONLY applications meeting the deadline and submitted via Google Form will be considered.

Nominate for the Leona Wilkinson Award HERE!

This application closes November 27, 2023 at 11:59 pm. Best of luck!

If any questions or concerns arise, please contact Scholarship chair, Alison Saechao via email at norcal.westop.scholarship@gmail.com.

NORCAL Chapter Staff Awards

This is an opportunity to recognize and honor WESTOP NorCal Members for their commitment and hard work at the 2023 WESTOP NorCal PDS.

There are three different awards in this section:
  1. Director/Assistant Director of the Year
  2. Staff Member of the Year
  3. Rising Leader Award
Please take some time to review the awards for the upcoming NorCal PDS, and submit your nominations by November 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Student Scholarships

Achievers' Scholarship (OPEN)

The NorCal WESTOP TRIO Achievers’ Scholarship financially assists current graduating high school seniors and current undergraduates in their pursuit of completing their higher educational goals. At least two scholarships (one for high school seniors and one for undergraduates) will be awarded.  Scholarship disbursements will be made upon submission of proof of enrollment. Proof of enrollment must be a letter or class schedule endorsed by the registrar of the institution for the Fall Term of 2024.
Required documents for the scholarship include:
  1. Completed Application
  2. Personal Statement (300-500 words); Typed, Double spaced, 12 size font, Times New Roman
  3. Transcript(s) (unofficial is OK)
  4. Two letters of recommendation (ONE letter must be from a current NorCal WESTOP member)
    • Recommendations should address the applicant’s potential to succeed in postsecondary education, unique personal characteristics, growth, and active participation in educational opportunity/TRIO programs, and need for financial assistance.
    • Recommendation letters can be submitted separately from the actual application. If you prefer to submit your letter directly to me, please send it to norcal.westop.scholarship@gmail.com before the deadline.
    • ***IMPORTANT: Each equity program can only submit up to TWO recommendation letters per program grant. Due to the high volume of applications, I recommend staff members select which students they would want to encourage to apply. Again, I wish we can award everyone but due to limited award funds this year, you may have to be selective. For example, if your Equity program has only two grants (My TRIO SSS program only has a Classic and Disabled grant), then your entire program can only send out FOUR recommendation letters total. However you choose to decide which staff should write the letters will be up to your program.
*Please note – the application form does not have a save option. So have your students collect all of the required information before uploading and pressing submit. Students are responsible for reminding and checking in with their recommenders about submitting before the deadline.

Apply for the Achievers’ Scholarship!

Deadline: Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 at 11:59 PM

Late submissions will NOT be accepted. Please make sure that ALL submitted attachments are working documents. Applications submitted with documents which are unable to be opened may eliminate the application review.