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

Natalie Delgado Cardona is currently a student at Lamar University. She is working towards a Master's in Public Health and holds a 4.0 GPA. She is a first-generation American, the first in her immediate family to graduate from college and the only one to attend graduate school. Natalie has had the same goal her entire life - to one day provide service in public health. This aspiration to work in the public service field has been fueled by her desire to reduce health disparities and to help her community. She wants to learn more about the nature, power, and challenges of various business techniques, and become an expert in health promotion to reduce health disparities. Natalie has a passion to work in the field of public health to bring positive and meaningful changes in lives of the medically under-served population.

2018 Spring WPG Scholarship Recipient
Natalie Delgado Cardona 

WPG Spring Scholarship

The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

The $1,500 WPG Spring 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 November 16, 2018.


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 December luncheon.