Scholarship and Awards

Legacy Scholarships — Advancing Head Start



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.



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 who 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 applicants educational goals.



Step 1

Interested to apply? Complete the questionnaire below. Once we have this on file the staff at the R9HSA will reach out to you by email to move forward. See 2.

Click here to access the questionnaire

Step 2

Once you are notified by R9HSA. Applicants must submit a completed application on-line 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 a R9HSA staff. Agency Directors will be contacted to confirm applicants good standing with their agency indicated on the application.




  • April 27, 2021, 10 am PT – Scholarship Informational Webinar – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
  • April 28, 2021 – Application Portal Opens
  • May 18, 2021 – Application Deadline
  • June 1, 2021 – Applications Verified
  • June 22, 2021 – Scholarship Winners Announced



Applicants must be a full-time employee or a member of a grantee’s Policy Council/Committee of an agency holding a current membership in the Region 9 Head Start Association.

Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited degree granting institution pursuing an Associates, Bachelors or Graduate degree advancing a career 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 differ by category.



For more information, contact Alejandra Lozano at or call 916-259-0971 ext. 103.

Visit the Scholarships FAQ page here.


Click here to learn more about the 2020 Legacy Scholarship Awards.

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.
  • Provide resources to assist our members in compliance and professional development.

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