In 1972, a group of Puerto Rican women founded the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) to support the rights of women. This historic moment marked the birth of the NACOPRW, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization seeking to promote the full participation of Puerto Rican and other Latina women in the social, economic and political life in the United States. Through the years, NACOPRW has been recognized for its involvement in the community and its support of women’s rights. Almost 50 years later, chapters have been chartered in Chicago IL, Indiana, Miami FL, Milwaukee WI, New York NY, Northern Illinois, Philadelphia PA, and Southern California. The NACOPRW-SoCal chapter was chartered in October 1998 by the National Board. It was later approved as a 501c3 in the State of California in 2019 and is the only chapter in the West Coast. We annually award scholarships to Boricua/Latina students to support their higher education.
To continue promoting leadership and the educational development of Puerto Rican women, NACOPRW-SoCal awards two one-time scholarships of $500 each. Please share this information with eligible students who may be interested (NACOPRW-SoCal eligible members may apply; past NACOPRW-SoCal scholarship recipients are not eligible). Minimum eligibility criteria:
● Female students enrolled in at least 6 semester units (8 quarter units) or more at an accredited college or
● Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in 12 semester/16 quarter units or more at an accredited
● Puerto Rican or of Latina heritage
● Southern California resident (San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino or Los Angeles Counties).
Please complete the process as described below. Do not attach resumes or documents other than those requested. The top five finalists will be asked to attend an interview with the Scholarship Committee. The top two scholarship recipients will be invited and sponsored to become active members of the NACOPRW-So- Cal Chapter. They will also have the opportunity to participate in various events including chapter and national events. All five top finalists will have the opportunity to elect to participate from a mentorship program with senior members of the SoCal chapter. Specific information for the upcoming events and programs will be provided upon selection.NACOPRW_SoCal_Application.pdf