Professional Staff Organization

Scholarship Details


1. PSO Scholarships provide funds for expenses related to professional development classes, conferences, meetings, and workshops offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD) or other organizations, on- or off-campus. Funds may be used for registration, travel, books, materials, etc.

2. The maximum award amount is $500 per person. Funding may be provided for full or partial expenses. Funds will be distributed within one month after receiving 1) payment receipts and 2) proof of attendance at/completion of the development opportunity.

3. Applications will be accepted at any time, but will be reviewed after the subsequent quarterly deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Quarterly due dates are as follows: Autumn: September 1 Winter: December 1 Spring: March 1 Summer: June 1 (If a due date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be accepted through the following Monday.)


1. Applicants must be full- or part-time, permanent, professional UW staff, employed at any campus for a minimum of six months prior to the application deadline.
2. Applications must be submitted for future training opportunities; funding will not be provided to reimburse prior professional development activities. Activities must be completed within one year of the award.
3. Professional staff are eligible to receive one scholarship per year, based on the four-quarter application cycle. Applications will not be considered if the applicant has received a scholarship in the previous three quarters.
4. Financial need will be taken into consideration. Our intent is to assist professional staff with their individual out-of-pocket expenses, not supplant grant, contract or state funding.


1. Applications will be rated on the responses to each of the three application questions: description of the event/activity, goal for the activity, and how the activity relates to the applicant’s professional development.
2. Out of pocket expenses will be taken into consideration.
3. Scholarships will be awarded based on the ratings of the application questions, financial need, and the total amount requested by all applicants for any particular quarter.


Click HERE for PSO Scholarship Application Form.