Scholarships and Awards


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Why

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

The R9HSA believes in elevating the work of the staff in our local programs. Supporting you to achieve your dreams.

For 2021 we are opening our scholarships up to all full-time employees and to members of your Parent Policy Council/Committee.

What

Each Year, Region 9 Head Start Association reviews the available resources and establishes criteria for eligibility to apply for available funds. For 2021 the following criteria will determine if an applicant may apply.

  • Full-time employee
  • Member of Parent Policy Council/Committee
  • Enrolled in 12 units or more – see Who below.
  • Working for an agency that are members of the Region 9 Head Start Association

Funds won will be directed to your school for use on tuition, fees, books, and materials. The Scholarship and awards committee will review each qualified applicant to determine need and commitment to the applicant’s educational goals.

How

1. If you are interested in applying, you must complete this questionnaire. Once we have your application on file, the staff at R9HSA will contact you by email.
Click here to access the questionnaire
2. Once you are notified by R9HSA. Applicants must submit a completed application online and on time as well as two letters of recommendation – one from a professor/teacher/academic advisor; one from a supervisor, and a copy of their unofficial transcripts.

All applications will be verified by an R9HSA staff. Agency Directors will be contacted to confirm applicants’ good standing with their agency indicated on the application.

When

Timeline:

  • April 27, 2021 – Scholarship Informational Webinar – CLICK HERE TO WATCH
  • April 28, 2021 – Application Portal Opens
  • May 18, 2021 – Application Deadline
  • June 1, 2021 – Applications Verified
  • June 22, 2021 – Scholarship Winners Announced

Who

1. Applicants must be full-time employees or members of a grantee’s Policy Council/Committee of an agency holding current membership in the Region 9 Head Start Association.
2. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution pursuing an Associates, Bachelors or Graduate degree in Early Education, Human or Family Development, Health (Mental Health and Nutrition), Administrative Services, or fields of study essential to the delivery of high-quality services to children and families. Scholarship funds awarded will be for upcoming educational costs. The amount of the award will vary according to category.

For more information, contact R9HSA at alozano@region9hsa.org or call 916-259-0971 ext. 103.

For donations, please contact Ed Condon at econdon@region9hsa.org.

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