Scholarship and Awards

2018 Legacy Scholarships — Advancing Head Start

Head Start touches the lives of over 130,000 children and families in the 4 western states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Region. Serving those children are over 30,000 adults in a variety of roles. Each adult is essential to ensuring the child and families success. 

The Region 9 Head Start Association is excited to announce our 2018 Legacy Scholarships. Named in honor of the many who have committed hundreds of hours offering leadership and advocacy in our states and among their peers, Head Start’s success is due in part to their dedication.

Educational Assistance Scholarship:  2018 Legacy Scholarships will be awarded to the individual’s chosen institution of higher education (Community College, 4-year private or public institution) to defray educational costs.  Each scholarship will be $1000.00

Qualifications: Applicants must be currently employed by a Region 9 Head Start Association member organization.  Applicants working in education or family services are eligible to apply.  Individuals must be enrolled on average, no less than 1/2 the recommended unit load by their institution. 

Process: Applicants will be expected to submit a completed an on-line application.  They will be asked to submit a support letter from their supervisor, a letter from their instructor, a copy of transcripts and meet the submission deadline of May 25th.  Submission details included with the on-line application.

Timeline:  Applications Open April 23, 2018, Applications due May 25, 2018, Scholarships Announced June 26, 2018.  Funds distributed to institutions June 29, 2018.

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R9HSA’s 2017 Legacy Scholarship Award Winners

  • Norma Elias, Richmond, CA – Legacy Scholarship, Contra Costa College

Norma’s educational goal is to have a BA degree to fill the necessary requirements to continue being a lead teacher for preschool and to continue to serve the community.

“I am very happy to have been awarded with the opportunity of winning the scholarship supported by the Region 9 Head Start Association. This has given me more enthusiasm and motivation to continue my studies and reach my goal. I appreciate and give thanks to all the generous people involved in this scholarship program.” -Norma Elias

  • Erika Leal, Phoenix, AZ – Legacy Scholarship, Northern Arizona University

Erika will be completing her student teaching experience which is her last step for graduation in December 2017 to attain a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education.

“My heart is set on early childhood education and I am eager to have a classroom of my own where I can help children learn and grow. I plan to continue my education by pursuing a Master’s and eventually a Doctorate degree in education. Receiving this scholarship has been a blessing, it will ease the financial burden I will face during my student teaching experience.” -Erika Leal


History of the R9HSA Scholarships

The Region 9 Head Start Association has a rich history of awarding scholarships to emerging members of our community.  In 2016, our memorial scholarships have provided thousands of dollars to students working to achieve their dreams.  Each recipient received $500 to support their college tuition. Most recently, in 2017 two individuals received $1000 each for their studies.

In 2016, four individuals were recognized for their personal achievement:

  • Karen Amaya, Lincoln, CA – Ron Bernard Memorial Scholarship, Sierra College
  • Monique Bermundez, Bakersfield, CA – Ron Bernard Memorial Scholarship, Cal State University, Fresno
  • Kelley Wheatley, Daly City, CA – Torcey Wiley Memorial Scholarship, City College of San Francisco
  • Kelly Horn, Biggs, CA – Torcey Wiley Memorial Scholarship, Brandman University


Support Scholarships & Awards

Interested in supporting the R9HSA Scholarships and Awards?  Each year we will distribute funds to the Head Start community based upon the amounts we raise from our generous membership and allies. 

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The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.

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