Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel

Southern California Chapter

Student Leadership Conference

The WESTOP SoCal Scholarship Fund was founded to assist first generation, low-income, disabled, veteran, and/or underrepresented students in completing their educational goals. The Student Leadership Scholarship award is $500. The awards are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors and college students who are nominated by a current and paid WESTOP SoCal voting member.

Scholarship Eligibility

Nominator must be a CURRENT and PAID voting member of WESTOP SoCal.

If you have questions about your “Current and Paid” status please contact:

Victoria Garcia,

TRIO Talent Search
Phone: (805) 493-3310

Each program may nominate only ONE (1) student for the 2020 WESTOP So Cal SLC Scholarship.
The nominated student must be a current and active participant in an Equal Educational Opportunity Program (EOC, McNair, Student Support Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Cal SOAP, EOP(S), GEAR Up, etc.).
High school seniors and college students must intend to enroll full-time (12 units) in an accredited college or university for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.

Application available: 02/05/2020
Application deadline:  03/13/2020 by 11:59 pm

Scholarship Process and Instructions: There are 3 parts to complete for consideration.

Online Application can be found and submitted at:

WESTOP SoCal Student Leadership Conference Scholarship Application 2019 
Part I: Scholarship Application and Part II: Nominator Form have been designed with the intent to have the Student and Nominator fill out / sign / submit at the same time.  Please have documents such as personal statements, transcripts, Recommender Form and Recommendation Letter ready to upload to complete the application process. 

Part I: Scholarship Application (Student Information)

  • Includes submission of two required personal statements with the following prompts:(upload 2 documents)
  • Personal Statement #1: From a social justice perspective, in a maximum of 500 words, tell us what the phrase "Agents of Change" means to you in relation to your educational development as a student and future professional.
  • Personal Statement #2: In a maximum of 500 words, tell us how Equal Opportunity Programs (GEAR Up, TS, UB, UBMS, UBV, SSS, VSSS, McNair Scholars, EOC, Cal Soap, AVID etc.) have influenced you to pursue/continue a college education and how will this scholarship help you achieve such goals?
  • Resume / Brag Sheet (upload document)
  • Most recent high school transcript - if high school level applicant (upload document)
  • Most recent college transcript - if college level applicant (upload document)
  • Student Signature - electronic signature -  if student is under 18 a parent electronic signature is required

Part II: Nominator 

-Nominator must be present when student is submitting application because nominator’s e-signature will be required.

Part III: Recommendation Form and Letter
– Must be submitted from a counselor, professor, teacher, or any individual who can assess the academic aptitude and/or personal qualities of the scholarship applicant.

-The recommendation form can be accessed through the following link:


***Note: The student will have to scan and upload both a Recommendation Form and Letter of Recommendation from their recommender, so it is important that they obtain these documents before they submit their application.

We encourage all nominators to walk through the application process with their selected student. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either of the SLC Scholarship chairs, Victoria Garcia (vcgarcia@callutheran.edu) or myself, Claudia Sanchez (claudia.sanchez@csun.edu). We’re excited for this year’s Student Leadership Conference and look forward to seeing you all soon!

  • Only completed scholarship applications will be reviewed by the WESTOP SoCal Chapter Scholarship Committee.  Incomplete applications will automatically be disqualified.
  • All application requirements are subject to verification.
  • Scholarship awards will be awarded upon verification of full-time enrollment at an accredited college or university for the Fall 2020 term. 
  • Verification Forms will be provided on 04/04/2020 at the WESTOP SoCal Student Leadership Conference 2020 as awards are presented.
  • Nominators will be notified of scholarship awardees during the second last of March.  Nominators will notify nominees about their award.
  • All scholarship recipients will be our honored guests at the WESTOP SoCal Student Leadership Conference 2019 at California State University, Northridge scheduled on Saturday, April 4th, 2020.

Scholarship Timeline

Should you have any questions regarding the 2020 Scholarship application, please do not hesitate to contact the SLC Scholarship Chair:

Claudia Sanchez, M.A.
Interim Advising Coordinator
Upward Bound Program
California State University, Northridge
Phone: (818) 677-2515
Email: claudia.sanchez@csun.edu