More than a scholarship program

WELI Group PhotoWELI was designed by local women leaders to increase the leadership capacity, workforce skills, college enrollment, and college completion rate of socio-economically disadvantaged cis and trans women of the Salinas Valley. Program elements include: 

Leadership Training: Three-day training to develop critical life skills such as budgeting and communication 

Mentor Program: Female community leaders serve as WELI Mentors and provide guidance and support to scholars

Scholarship Award: At completion of Leadership Training, students receive a $1000 award. An additional $1000 is awarded upon completion of the mentor workshops

To qualify for WELI students must apply in Spring of each year. Cisgender and transgender female students are welcomed. Student applications will be selected based upon academic achievement in context of adversity, financial need, and leadership potential. Other eligibility requirements may apply.


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 CLOSED. The 2020-21 Cohort will be selected by the end of November. The 2021-22 cohort applications will open in March 2021.

WELI Flyer

WELI Scholarship Accessible Flyer



Women's Educational Leadership Institute is looking for 2020-2021 WELI mentors

Mentor Invitation Letter

Mentor Application


Who To Contact

  • Office of Equity Programs  

    (831) 755-6723 (Voicemail Only)

    Phone: Hartnell College Main Campus
    Building: Building B, Room 204A
    Office: 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901