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. Five 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:

2021 NAI National Conference

The NAI National Conference is coming back to California! Join your colleagues for some MUCH needed inspiration, collaboration, networking and professional growth with support from a Sierra Pacific Region scholarship. NAI 2021’s theme, “The Shifting Sands of Interpretation,” addresses not just the distinct, beautiful landscape of Palm Springs, but the many changes happening in our profession and the world at large. Sessions will highlight how interpreters are navigating the shifting sands, and what the future holds on the other side.

The Region is providing two $1500 scholarships to cover registration and travel expenses; you do not need to be a member to apply but, if selected, must become a member in order to receive the funds. Applications are due by Friday, August 20th—apply today!

Submit your completed application to no later than August 20th.

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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