POPS Scholarship Information

“Positive Opportunities for Parents” (POPS) Scholarship information

Who is eligible?

  • Any current Early Head Start or Head Start parent or guardian (a person legally responsible for a child) who is enrolled in or planning on attending an accredited education institution or job training center. Proof of enrollment is required to receive a scholarship.
  • Applicants may not be previous POP Scholarship (or any WHSA Scholarship) recipient.
  • Current HS/EHS staff are not eligible for a POP Scholarship. If you are a current staff member we encourage you to apply for one of the WHSA Staff Affiliate Scholarships.

Amount of scholarship

The scholarship award is $350. The award can be used for course fees, books, childcare, and/or transportation. One scholarship each will be awarded to three individuals.

Who determines eligibility and who selects the recipients?

The selection committee, made up of members of the Wisconsin Head Start (WHSA) Parent Affiliate, will determine the eligibility of each applicant and determines three candidates to receive the scholarships. Applicants, those related to an applicant, or those who have a “relationship of significance” with an applicant, will be excluded from this review/selection process. The Parent Affiliate selection committee submits its candidate selections to the WHSA Board of Directors, which makes final approval of the recipients.

Criteria used for selection

Criteria used for selection includes the applicants’ personal and professional achievements, Head Start and community involvement, need (financial, extenuating circumstances, etc.), and educational and career goals.

How do I apply?

Applications will be made available at each grantee/delegate location through program Directors. Applications must include the applicant’s Head Start/Early Head Start Program Director’s signature to be considered complete. Applications are distributed in February and are due in March of each year.

Download 2016 POPS Scholarship Application (English)

Download 2016 POPS Scholarship Application (Spanish)

Who can answer my questions?

Members of the Parent Affiliate or WHSA staff are happy to answer your questions about POP Scholarship eligibility and the application process.

Please call the office at 608-442-6879 or email your inquiry to WHSAassist@whsaonline.org

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