Women Professionals in Government

Ms. Britnee Chuor is an ambitious young woman who is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees. Her parents settled in California and worked tirelessly to provide for their children and their members of their extended family. At the age of 13, Britnee’s family moved to Texas where she attended Bellaire High School and held leadership positions in organizations like UNICEF. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, where she tutored her peers and elementary school children in her community. After receiving her diploma in 2015, she began attending the University of Houston where she is on track to graduate early in the Fall of 2018 and has made the Dean's List for four consecutive semesters. Britnee is double-majoring in Political Science and Liberal Studies and double-minoring in Spanish and Nonprofit Management. She is currently the Residential Advocacy Chair for her residence hall and a member of the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association/Association of Fundraising Professionals--UH, for which she sits on two committees-The Philanthropic Project Committee and Community Outreach Committee--and has been elected as the 2017-2018 Fundraising Chair. She is also the recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship from the US Department of State, to study abroad in Spain this June. 

2017 WPG Scholarship Recipient
Britnee Chuor
2016 Beverly Kaufman Scholarship Recipient - Finalist
Adriana Perez

Shortly after obtaining my GED in 2007, Adriana attended the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services. She did not complete this program due to enlisting in the Army in 2008 where I was deployed twice to Afghanistan. In 2012, she began her journey towards completing her undergraduate degree and graduated in June of 2015. The following fall semester she decided to attend graduate school at the same University; The University of Houston Downtown. Adriana has had the privilege of interning with the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department as part of my undergraduate studies. Shortly after graduating with her undergraduate degree, she was hired as a juvenile supervision officer at the Juvenile Detention Center in downtown Hoston. Adriana’s tenure was very brief as she was offered a position as a district parole officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She has been a parole officer a little over a year now, with hopes of enrolling in the Doctoral Program for Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in the future.

Lisa Menda is a first generation Ethiopian-American born and raised in Dallas, TX. She is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Economics at the University of Houston. Lisa comes from a background of nonprofits, dedicating three years of her life in high school to Habitat for Humanity, and even being a youth committee chair for the organization last year.  As a University of Houston student, she is the Hunger and Homelessness chair for the Metropolitan Volunteer Program. Lisa has a passion for serving her community and hopes to make an impact through an eventual career in government. In her words “To me, the average community is like an intricately knit blanket. Knowing that my actions could have the possibility of positively changing someone’s life forever is a feeling that sold me to the idea of serving the public sector for the rest of my life.”​

2016 Beverly Kaufman Scholarship Recipient - Runner Up
Lisa Menda

WPG Fall Scholarship

The application deadline is no later than November 10th  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 is no later than November 10, 2017.


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.