SEPI Leadership Scholarship

Sepi Saidi, the founder, president, and CEO of SEPI, Inc., is dedicated to empowering and promoting underrepresented students, particularly women of color, who are interested in STEM careers. The SEPI Leadership Scholarship was established in 2020 to assist Wake Tech students, with a focus on supporting women and students of color pursuing an associate degree in science or engineering. This scholarship aims to aid two students annually pursuing an Associate Degree in Engineering or Science (AE or AS) at any Wake Tech Community College campus. SEPI Leadership Scholars will enhance their professional and leadership skills by engaging in mentorship, networking, and professional development opportunities.
The SEPI Leadership Scholarship is administered by Wake Invests in Women (WIIW). WIIW is a public, private, and non-profit collaboration committed to closing gender wage and representation gaps in STEM fields in Wake County.

Each Sepi Scholar will receive:

  • A Scholarship valued at $2500 per year to cover cost of tuition, fees, and books
  • Leadership and networking opportunities with Wake Invests in Women and collaborating partners

In return for the scholarship award, students commit to participating in the WIIW Career Guides Mentor Program for the duration of the scholarship.

Leadership & Professional Development (up to 10 hours per month)
Awardees will:
*Participate in Career Guides Program student orientation (August)
*Meet monthly one-on-one with Career Guide (September– April)
*Participate in at least one professional development opportunity per semester (Fall 2024, Spring 2025)
*Plan a professional development opportunity for Wake Tech students (with support from WIIW staff)


  • Current Wake Tech Students who are pursuing an Associate in Engineering or Associate in Science
  • Students who have an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours
  • Students who are able to commit to 10 hours per month for the Leadership programs as detailed above
  • Students must complete additional application requirements to be considered.
  • No previous leadership experience is required.


  • Availability to participate in 10 hours per month for the Career Guides Mentor program as detailed above
  • One faculty letter of recommendation from a professor in the student’s degree program – letters are due by April 30th
  • Complete several additional short answer questions

SEPI Leadership Scholarship
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you able to commit to 10 hours per month to participate in the Leadership Program?
  2. How did you find out about this scholarship opportunity
  3. If you selected Other, please tell us how you found out about this scholarship opportunity.
  4. What are your plans after you complete your degree at Wake Tech?
  5. Please share a time when you had to step into a leadership role unexpectedly. What did you learn about yourself?
  6. How do you keep yourself motivated when you experience challenging obstacles and conflicts?
  7. How do you deal with disagreements when working on a team?
  8. How will you submit your Letter of Recommendation?
  9. If you selected Option 2, upload your 1st Letter of Recommendation here.
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