Women Professionals in Government

Praboda Perikala is a first-generation American and a lifelong Houstonian. She attended Kerr High School, and participated in the school’s National Honor Society and Wind Ensemble. She graduated high school in three years, with the distinction of being a Summa Cum Laude graduate, an AP Scholar with Honors, and a Commended Student. Currently, Ms. Perikala is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and a minor in Phronesis through the Honors College at the University of Houston. She has been placed on the Dean’s List for the past three consecutive semesters, and has been involved in local government as an intern in the Harris County Tax Office. Outside of school, Ms. Perikala participates in competitions through the University of Houston’s Mock Trial Organization, volunteers with the Houston Food Bank, and tutors elementary students in the Houston Independent School District. She hopes to further her involvement in local government and to pursue research opportunities within the field of Political Science in the coming year.  

2017 WPG  Beverly Kaufman Scholarship Recipient
Praboda Perikala

Aloura Alcantar is a student at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She is passionate about her studies, earning a 3.8 grade point average while working twenty hours a week and completing internships in Houston’s third and fifth wards. She is passionate about reforming the criminal justice system and is focused on implementing changes to dismantle the school to prison pipeline. Upon completion of her M.S.W degree, she plans to provide mental and behavioral health services to youth ages 10-15. In addition to providing mental health services, she also plans on partnering with local school districts to broaden behavioral and mental health support to youth before they interact with the criminal justice system.

2017 Fall WPG Scholarship Recipient
Aloura Alcantar 

WPG Spring Scholarship

The application deadline April 20th of the current year.

The $1,500 WPG Scholarship is awarded annually to a female resident of the Greater Houston area who is a student in good standing at an accredited university. The scholarship winner also receives a one-year membership to Women Professionals in Government.  Applicants must be pursuing studies to further a career in public service. Graduate applicants must have completed at least 12 graduate hours. Undergraduate applicants must have completed at least 30 undergraduate hours.  Additionally, applicants are required to submit one essay that describes their career goals, details the challenges they have faced in achieving educational and professional goals, and discusses how they have overcome these challenges. The winner is selected based on her academic history, community involvement, and public service-related employment.


For more information, please email (scholarship@wpghouston.com).

Beverly Kaufman Scholarship

The application deadline for 2018 to be announced


Beverly Kaufman served 35 years in public service in Harris County, including 17 years as the Harris County Clerk.  In recognition of Beverly Kaufman's excellence in public service, WPG proudly announces a $2,000 Scholarship; half of which is generously underwritten by the Peter & Theresa Chang Foundation and half is personally underwritten by Ms. Kaufman herself. The scholarship and a complimentary one-year membership to WPG is awarded to a female applicant currently pursuing studies at either the University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown or UH-Victoria, preparing for a public servant career, or furthering her education to enhance her existing public administration position with at least 12 graduate or 30 undergraduate hours. Determination of the award will depend on the applicant's professional and scholastic achievements, community involvement, scholarship need and essay response. The scholarship will be awarded at the WPG's December luncheon.