Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel

Southern California Chapter

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.


  • Nominator must be a CURRENT and PAID voting member of WESTOP SoCal.
  • If you have questions about your “Current and Paid” status please contact:

Desiree Rivera

Upward Bound Outreach Specialist

Norco College Upward Bound

Phone: (951) 739-7819 / (951) 739-7826

Email: desiree.rivera@norcocollege.edu

  • Each program may nominate only ONE (1) student for the 2017 - 2018 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 2018 - 2019 academic year.
  • Applicants must have a minimum unweighted cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0, to be reflected on transcript.
  • Application available: Tuesday 2/20/2018
  • Application deadline:  Friday 3/23/2018 by 11:59 pm


There are 3 parts to complete for consideration.

Online Application can be found and submitted at:


(PDF Copy for Program Internal Use Only - To be considered, a student must submit scholarship online)

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)
    • ​2 personal statements (upload 2 documents)
      • The theme for SLC 2018 is "Decoding Your 21st Century Education", tell us what the phrase means to you in relation to your educational development as a student and future professional.
      • Tell us how Equal Opportunity Programs (GEAR Up, TS, UB, UBMS, UBV, SSS, Mc Nairs, EOC, Cal Soap, 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 Form – must be completed by a current and paid WESTOP voting member.
  • Part III: Recommendation Form and LetterRECOMMENDATION FORM - send this link to your recommender to complete / print. The Recommendation Form needs to be completed and signed by a teacher, professor, counselor, etc. and returned to the scholarship applicant along with a Recommendation Letter.  The scholarship applicant will upload the completed Recommendation Form and Recommendation Letter as part of their scholarship application.


  • 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 2018 term.  Verification Forms will be provided on 4/28/2018 at the WESTOP SoCal Student Leadership Conference 2018 as awards are presented.
  • Nominators will be notified of scholarship awardees the week of April 16 - 20, 2018.  Nominators will notify nominees about their award.
  • All scholarship recipients will be our honored guests at the WESTOP SoCal Student Leadership Conference 2018 at Los Angeles Southwest College scheduled on Saturday, April 28, 2018.



Scholarship Application available via WESTOP SoCal website. All programs to be notified via listserv email


Scholarship Application Deadline



Announcement of selected applications to Nominators


Student Leadership Conference 2018 @ Los Angeles Southwest College

Should you have any questions regarding the 2018 Scholarship application, please do not hesitate to contact the SLC Scholarship Chairs:

Eva Angeles
Talent Search Program
Mt. San Jacinto College
Attn: Room 751
1499 North State Street
San Jacinto, CA 92583
Phone: (951) 487-3272
Email: eangeles@msjc.edu
          Silvia Rashad
Upward Bound Program
Mt. San Jacinto College
Attn: Room 751
1499 North State Street
San Jacinto, CA 92583
Phone: (951) 487-3271
Email: srashad@msjc.edu

Student Leadership Conference Scholarship