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OC-ALA 2019 Scholarship Program

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In an effort to further our purposes of providing continuing education to our members and to support the goals and programs of the Association of Legal Administrators, OC-ALA offers multiple scholarships to ALA Conferences. These scholarships are funded primarily through the financial support provided by our Business Partners. Scholarships provide opportunities for the full ALA conference experience to chapter members who otherwise may not be able to attend, as well as to encourage and reward active participation in our chapter. All chapter members who attend conferences are encouraged to attend a wide array of the offered programs, network with members from other chapters, make note of excellent speakers that could be used at local events, and to spend time exploring the offerings from the Business Partners in the exhibit hall.

This program is designed to encourage members’ active participation in our Chapter activities and leadership by awarding points for a wide variety of activities. Scholarships are also awarded by random drawing, to give an opportunity to newer members who have not yet had an opportunity to amass a significant number of points.

2019 Scholarships will be awarded as follows

•     Four scholarships valued at $2,300.00 each for attendance at ALA’s 2019 Annual conference (Salt Lake City,Utah, May 2020).

When do I win?

1.    One random drawing from eligible Chapter members in attendance at the November Business Partner appreciation event to win a scholarship to the 2020 Annual Conference.  (Must be present to win!) 

2.   Collect points from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 to earn one of three  scholarships to the 2020 Annual Conference. (Recipients to be announced at January 2020 General Meeting.)

2019 Scholarship Points will be awarded for the following activities:

 Qualifying Event



Once Per Year:

Become a New Member


Mentor a New Member1


Attend ALA’s 2019 Annual Conference2


Serve as Session Manager at the 2019 Annual Conference


Employ a Project SELF Intern (points awarded once to all members of the Firm)


Participate in OC-ALA’s annual Community Connection program


Attend OC-ALA’s Business Partner Appreciation Event


Serve on the OC-ALA Extended Board3


  Serve ALA at the Regional or International Level  10
  Bring a Managing Partner or Attorney representative from your firm to the Law Firm Leaders Holiday
  Luncheon in December 2019
  Attend ACES 2019  4

 Bring a qualified potential member to a General Meeting


 Attend an OC-ALA General or Section Meeting


 Carpool, walk or bike to a General or Section meeting


 Refer a new member who joins OC-ALA


 Attend a Networking Event


 Attend Board/Extended Board Meeting (Executive Board Members)


 Attend Board/Extended Board Meeting (all other members)


 Take the CLM Exam


 Refer a vendor who becomes a Business Partner


 Write an article for the OC-ALA WAVES newsletter


 Submit an Administrator Spotlight to Newsletter/Website Committee



    1   Points are awarded after Director of Membership has confirmed the criteria has been met. 
    2   Scholarship recipients excluded. 
    3   Extended Board Member must actively participate on and contribute to the Committee's activities.  Points will be awarded 12/1/2019. 


            This program is subject to the guidelines as outlined below:

2019 Scholarship Program Guidelines

  • This program is open only to Primary members of OC-ALA. 
  • Scholarship recipients are encouraged to serve as a Session Manager at the Conference, and must attend the majority of the Conference sessions and events included in Conference, except in the case of a work or personal emergency.
  • All scholarship recipients are required to write a brief summary of their Conference experience within three weeks after conclusion of Conference for use in an OC-ALA newsletter, on the website or in social media.  The summary is to be provided to the OC-ALA President.
  • The scholarship points chart is maintained by the Treasurer-Elect.  Points for meeting attendance will only be awarded to members who physically sign in for each meeting.  Points for other actions/activities will be awarded to the best of the Treasurer-Elect’s ability/scope of knowledge.  Members who are interested in pursuing points-based scholarships are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the Treasurer-Elect has the necessary information/documentation to award points.
  • Members who earned a points-based scholarship in the prior year are not eligible to earn a pointed-based scholarship to the same category of Conference under this program.
  • Members who are ineligible for a points-based scholarship for any reason above are still eligible for a random-drawing scholarship to any Conference under this program.
  • Members may only accept one scholarship per conference.  The chapter will not award both a points-based scholarship and a random-drawing scholarship to the same Conference for one member.
  • A scholarship recipient must still be an active OC-ALA Chapter Member in good standing at the time of the Conference in order to receive the scholarship funds.
  • Scholarship dollars to be awarded under this program will be reduced in the event a chapter scholarship recipient is also receiving financial support from ALA to attend the specific conference or event.
  • The Executive Board reserves the right to interpret these scholarship guidelines, to amend the guidelines at any time during the year, and to break points-based ties on any basis. 
  • Failure to comply may cause the loss of scholarship funds.

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