Professional Staff Organization

Scholarships and Grants

Since 1997, the Professional Staff Organization has offered scholarships for career-related classes, conferences and workshops.

We strive to help our members reach a higher level of professionalism and career development. Scholarships are up to $500 and are awarded quarterly, with application deadlines as follows:

  • Autumn:  September 1
  • Winter:  December 1
  • Spring:  March 1
  • Summer:  June 1

Professional development scholarship

Scholarships may be used for classes or conferences offered by UW Professional & Organizational Development or other organizations, on or off campus. Awards are limited to $500 per person per year.

Professional development grant program

Professional development grants award up to $500 for groups of professional staff members (e.g., staff associations, school or department staff, or other informal professional staff groups). Grants provide support for on- or off-campus classes, programs or speakers.

The PSO Scholarship Guidelines provides additional details, eligibility criteria and application procedures. Please review the guidelines prior to submitting your application. Please review these guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Grants are awarded quarterly, with application deadlines as follows:

  • Autumn: September 1
  • Winter:  December 1
  • Spring:  March 1
  • Summer:  June 1


Questions? Send email to the PSO scholarships and grants committee chairs:

2015 recipients and comments

2016 Scholarship Recipient Testimonials

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Erin Langner

I am very grateful for the PSO’s support of my participation in the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, an experience that benefited both my work at UW’s Simpson Center for the Humanities and my personal writing. As someone whose daily work at the UW is in the Humanities, this was a very inspiring and motivating discussion that brought me some renewed confidence in the importance of my work in this realm and in the community that is still devoted to supporting its value to society at large. Overall, I had a very fruitful experience attending this conference and cannot thank the PSO enough for your support.
-Erin Langner, Program and Events Manager, Simpson Center for the Humanities
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Dan Herb

The most impactful outcome of attending the NASPA Western Regional Conference was meeting and learning from higher education professionals at other institutions outside of UW. Thank you for the funding that allowed me to have such a meaningful experience at this conference! It is comforting to know that I work at an institution that invests in its staff to further their involvement in the field.

-Dan Herb, Adviser & Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Program
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Meghan Oxley

In summary, the NACADA National Conference gave me the chance to network with advisers from across the country, get more involved in the association, attend sessions which will inform my advising practice, and brainstorm with UW advisers on additional training needed at our campus. I am extremely grateful to the Professional Staff Organization (PSO) for providing the support which allowed me to pursue this professional development opportunity and to continue to grow as a professional adviser; attending the NACADA National Conference was a significant event in my career trajectory.

-Meghan Oxley, Academic Counselor, Earth & Space Sciences

2015 recipients and comments