Women's Education and Leadership Institute

WELI was designed by local women leaders to increase the leadership capacity, workforce skills, college enrollment, and college completion rate of socioeconomically 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 $1,000 award. An additional $1,000 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.

Click on the following link to apply: hartnell.academicworks.com/opportunities/1118

Deadline to apply has been extended to April 30, 2020!

Men's Institute for Leadership and Education

MILE supports its scholar in overcoming the unique challenges that men face inside and outside of the classroom. MILE strives to increase college completion rates among male students in the Salinas Valley. With the support of the MILE Program, MILE Scholars at Hartnell College will achieve their leadership potential and attain personal, academic, and professional success.

Program elements include:

  • Leadership Training: Three day training to develop critical life skills including time management, emotional intelligence and self efficacy.
  • Mentor Program: Industry professionals serve as MILE Mentors and provide guidance, support and connections to scholars.
  • Scholarship Award: At completion of Leadership Training, students receive a $1,000 award. An additional $1,000 is awarded upon completion of the mentor workshops.

To qualify for MILE, students must apply in Spring of each year. Cisgender and transgender male 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.

Click on the following link to apply: hartnell.academicworks.com/opportunities/1116

Deadline to apply has been extended to April 30, 2020!


For questions or assistance with either program, please call the Office of Equity Programs at (831) 755-6723, or stop by the Hartnell Main Campus, Building B, Room 204A.

Who To Contact

  • Ana Valles
    Scholarship Assistant/Financial Aid Technician
    avalles@hartnell.edu
    Phone: (831) 755-6811
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: B-121
    B - Student Services

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