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Scholarships & Grants

Barnhart/Schultz Scholarship

Each year, the WACAC Nominations Committee seeks applications from public high school counselors/college advisors and community college counselors/transfer center coordinators who would like to attend the National ACAC conference.

Applicants for this scholarship must be members of WACAC and never have attended an NACAC Conference.

The scholarship covers registration for the NACAC Conference at the Early Bird rate, reasonable airfare to and from the event location, hotel accommodations for the length of the conference at a double occupancy rate, and meal expenses not exceeding $60 per day.

To nominate your candidate, please click here and complete the online form.

Recipients are announced at the Annual Conference. Winners are expected to volunteer at the NACAC Conference for two hours and must attend the WACAC Membership Meeting.

IDEA Grant

Through the IDEA Committee, WACAC provides members with financial support to advance the work of students from diverse backgrounds who are transitioning to college. The IDEA Grants are intended to support individuals with opportunities to attend professional development programs focused on underserved student populations or to create and implement innovative programs. Projects and programs funded by the IDEA Grant should highlight the mission of our organization and be showcased to inspire others to follow. The 2018-2019 IDEA Grant application is now available under the Forms tab of the members-only section of the website.

The deadline to apply for a IDEA grant is February 22, 2019.

Annual Scholarship

Forms will be available shortly under the Forms tab of the website.

Arzola Scholarship

The Arzola Scholarship was created in recognition of Arthur’s work in the field and to continue to support the mission of those who work with underrepresented student communities, thus supporting the mission of the IDEA committee and WACAC. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for the IDEA pre-conference workshop, WACAC Annual Conference registration, transportation to the conference, lodging and meals.

Eligible candidates must be members of WACAC who are college admission officers with 5 or fewer years of experience working with underrepresented student populations in California and Nevada. The 2019 Arthur Arzola Jr. Scholarship Application & Nomination Form is now available under the Forms tab of the website.

The deadline to apply is February 22, 2019.

Other Scholarships

In keeping with WACAC’S primary mission to support the efforts of high school and college admission counselors in their work with students, we provide scholarship and grant money to ensure all professionals can participate in professional development opportunities. Scholarships are provided for events such as Share, Learn and Connect, the California Dreamin’ College Tour, and the Annual Conference.

Particular emphasis is placed on assistance that reaches across ethnic, economic and regionally unsupported areas.

Nomination and Selection Process

The WACAC Awards Nomination Form is available online now. If you have any questions, please contact Sonia Ryan, WACAC Past President and Nominations Committee Chair, at

NACAC Scholarships

NACAC offers a number of scholarships to attend professional development events, create new programs, etc. We encourage you to visit the NACAC website regularly to learn more about these opportunities.