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.

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:

Desiree Rivera
Upward Bound Outreach Specialist
Norco College Upward Bound
2001 Third Street
Norco, CA. 92860-2600
Phone: (951) 739-7819 / (951) 739-7826
Email: desiree.rivera@norcocollege.edu

Each program may nominate only ONE (1) student for the 2018 - 2019 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 2019 - 2020 academic year.

Application available: Monday 02/04/2019
Application deadline:  Tuesday 02/26/2019 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)

  • 2 personal statements (upload 2 documents)
  • The theme for SLC 2019 is "Breaking Down Walls; Building for the Future", 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 Letter
– Recommendation Form  MUST be submitted to recommender for completion. 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 2019 term. 
  • Verification Forms will be provided on 03/16/2019 at the WESTOP SoCal Student Leadership Conference 2019 as awards are presented.
  • Nominators will be notified of scholarship awardees during the second wek 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, Dominguez Hills scheduled on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Scholarship Timeline


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


Scholarship Application Deadline

3/05/19 – 3/06/19

Announcement of selected applications to Nominators


2019  SLC @ California State University Dominguez Hills

Should you have any questions regarding the 2019 Scholarship application, please do not hesitate to contact the SLC Scholarship Chair:

Daniela Barcenas
EOP/TRIO Student Support Services

California State University, Northridge
Bayramian Hall 220
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-6732
Email: daniela.barcenas@csun.edu


Student Leadership Conference