Scholarships and support for professional development among our members are a priority for the Sierra Pacific Region. Thanks to the generosity of members who have supported our annual auction and other fundraisers, we are pleased to be able to offer three categories of financial support for professional development opportunities:

  1. Scholarships to the Regional Workshop are available each spring
  2. Two scholarships to the National Conference are available each fall
  3. Three professional grants for NAI Certification Courses (up to $250 each) are available year-round

You are not required to be a member of NAI Sierra Pacific Region to apply for these funds, but if you are selected to receive a scholarship or a grant you will be required to become a member before receiving your check.

Application information for both Certification and Workshop scholarships may be found below.  Please see for details on NAI’s membership categories.

Current Scholarship opportunities below:

2023 Sierra Pacific Regional Workshop

Our spring workshop for the Sierra Pacific Region will be held in Aptos, CA at Monte Toyon Camp & Retreat Center on March 10 – 12.  Applications are due February 1, 2023. Download the application below.


  • You do not need to be an NAI member at the time of application, but you will be required to become a member to be eligible to receive scholarship funds if your application is approved.
  • Individuals are limited to one NAI Region 9 scholarship per year.
  • Scholarship recipients are asked to submit a short article or video about their experience and takeaways from the Workshop within one month of the close of the Workshop for publication on our Region’s social media sites.

For further details, questions, or clarifications, contact Laura Drath at or (916) 591-1161

NAI Professional Certification Grants

In order to support the growth and development of our members as interpreters and change-makers, the Sierra Pacific Region is pleased to offer professional grants of up to $250 for members pursuing certification through any of NAI’s certification courses (CIG, CIH, CIT, CIM, CHI, CIP). You do not need to be a member of NAI in order to apply for a grant; however, if you are selected you will be required to join NAI before receiving your grant funds. Please visit for information on NAI membership categories and on the various certification courses.

Applications may be submitted anytime throughout the year and will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on availability. Submit your completed application to:

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