Women's Education & Leadership Institute (WELI)

More than a scholarship program

WELI Cohort 17-18

WELI is a program created by local women leaders to support students of Hartnell College. WELI is designed to increase the leadership capacity, workforce skills, college enrollment, and college completion rate of women, single parents, and re-entry students in the Salinas Valley. The program supports students who are socially, educationally and economically disadvantaged. We are seeking students who are committed to improving their lives and the lives of their families through higher education.

  • Leadership Training: Three day training to develop critical life skills

  • Mentor Program: Quarterly mentorship activities

  • Scholarship Award: At completion of Leadership Training, students receive a $1,000 award. An additional $1,000 will be given upon successful completion of the quarterly mentor workshops.


WELI scholars are eligible to become WELI Club officers and act as mentors for future WELI students. The WELI Club provides resources to all students, including, study groups, academic tutoring, peer-support, engagement in community service, and ongoing leadership training opportunities

WELI Applications are NOW Open! Applications on the Hartnell Scholarships Page

WELI Scholarship Application Flyer

WELI Scholarship Accessible Flyer

WELI team building


Women's Educational Leadership Institute is looking for 2017-2018 WELI mentors

Mentor Invitation Letter

Mentor Application





Who to contact

Director of Student Affairs, Special Programs
Phone: (831) 770-6126
Hartnell College Main Campus
Office: Building D, Room 383
Building: 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901