Scholarships

In response to our members’ requests that we make scholarships and support for students and seasonal staff a regional priority, we’ve made some changes to our scholarship program.

This year, there will be 3 types of scholarships offered:

  1. Five scholarships to the National Conference for your entire registration fee.
  2. Five scholarships to the Regional Workshop for your entire registration fee.
  3. Three scholarships for NAI Certification courses at up to $250 each.

In the past, we’ve viewed scholarships as a membership benefit, but that creates a barrier for those seeking to join our profession –you have to put down your money for a membership first, and then hope you qualify for a scholarship later.  To address this, we are eliminating the requirement to be a member before you apply for a scholarship (with the exception of National Conference scholarships).

However, if you are selected for a scholarship you will be required to become a member before receiving your scholarship check. 

Current membership will still be a requirement for National Conference scholarship applications.

We are, once again, offering three scholarships of up to $250 for NAI Certification courses.  These will be available year-round (until the funding runs out).  As with the Regional Workshop scholarship, you will not be required to be a member to apply, but you will be required to join once you are selected.

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

Current Scholarship opportunities below:

2021 Regional Workshop

Sierra Pacific is moving online this year, with a dynamic virtual workshop platform and some AMAZING speakers and sessions, all for a reduced registration cost and zero travel fees! We hope many of our members will take advantage of the opportunity to join us this year, but we know registration may still seem out of reach in these trying times. To that end, we’re pleased to offer FIVE scholarships for the FULL cost of your registration fee.

Submit your completed application to Laura.Drath@wildlife.ca.gov no later than January 22nd.

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 www.interpnet.com 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: Laura.Drath@wildlife.ca.gov

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