Scholarships & Grants


SoCal WCA Treasurer Denise Stephenson presenting checks to Scott Chiu and Jen Lagedrost (Cal Lutheran) and Tyler McLees (Nevada State College, with Katheryn Tucker) at the 2014 IWCA/NCPTW conference in Orlando.

The Southern California Writing Centers Association is pleased to offer two types of grants and scholarships: 1) travel grants to IWCA conferences; and 2) a scholarship to the IWCA Summer Institute.

We are pleased to announce three travel grants/scholarships available from SoCal WCA::

1) $500 for a professional staff/faculty member attending the 2017 IWCA Summer Institute;

2) $500 for a professional staff/faculty member presenting at the 2017 IWCA or other relevant conference;

3) $500 for a student tutor (undergraduate or graduate) presenting at the 2017 IWCA, NCPTW, or other relevant conference. (A group of tutors who have had a group proposal accepted may also apply, with the $500 to be divided between them should they be selected for the scholarship.)

Applicants for the conference scholarships (numbers 2 and 3 above) are invited to apply for scholarships before they have had their presentation proposals accepted. However, funding will be contingent on our receiving verification of that acceptance.

For both the professional and the student scholarships, we will favor applications from applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups. For the professional scholarships, preference will also be given to part-time and contingent staff members who are not eligible for institutional funding. Please note as well that the scholarship committee will give preference to applications from institutions that have not previously been awarded a SoCal WCA travel scholarship.

Summer Institute Applications were due April 15. All other applications were due June 1.
Note: The Summer Institute application is due earlier to allow applicants sufficient planning time between being notified whether they receive the scholarship and the Summer Institute.

Applications for funding currently closed. Future funding opportunities will be announced via the SoCal Writing Centers Association listserv.

For all scholarship opportunities, your application will ask you to share:

  • A written statement of 250 words articulating how receiving the scholarship might benefit you, your writing center, the region, and/or the field;
  • Confirmation of your registration and/or presentation acceptance (if acceptances are not out at the time of your application, we ask you to forward your acceptance to Scholarship Chair Wendy Menefee-Libey once you receive it);
  • Your mailing address;
  • A budget write-up.


Congratulations to all the previous SoCal WCA Travel Grant and Scholarship winners!

  • Sue Cross, UCI (2016 IWCA Conference)
  • Jordan Jenkins, Pitzer College (2016 IWCA Conference)
  • Tanvi Patel, California Lutheran University (2016 IWCA Summer Institute)
  • Christine Holten, UCLA (2015 IWCA Summer Institute)
  • Kathryn Tucker, Nevada State College (2015 IWCA Summer Institute)
  • Andrea Scott, Pitzer College (2015 IWCA Conference)
  • Scott Chiu, California Lutheran University (2014 IWCA Conference)
  • Jen Lagedrost, California Lutheran University (2014 IWCA Conference)
  • Tyler McLees, Nevada State College (2014 IWCA Conference)