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Marilyn J. Perkins Claassen Memorial Scholarship Program

Marilyn J. Perkins Claassen, CEP

The Marilyn J. Perkins Claassen Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded each year to two members of the stock plan community who wish to pursue the Certified Equity Professional (CEP) designation through the Santa Clara University CEP Institute (CEPI). 

The original Marilyn J. Perkins Claassen Scholarship was funded by the Certified Equity Professional Institute. From 2009 - 2011, OptionEase sponsored a second scholarship. In 2012, the CEPI welcomed OPTRACK as a sponsor to further expand the program.

In 2016, Optrack was acquired by Computershare. We are pleased to have the continued support of the Marilyn J. Perkins Claasen Memorial Scholarship, now sponsored by Computershare.

The successful applicant will be provided with a full scholarship for all three levels, including exam materials. The recipient will be required to take all three exams within five test cycles; the scholarship will expire at the end of five test cycles. If a scholarship recipient has already completed one or more levels of the CEP program, the scholarship will cover the costs of the remaining levels, to be completed within four test cycles.

Apply for a Scholarship!

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Marilyn J. Perkins Claassen Memorial Scholarship.

To apply for the Marilyn J. Perkins Claassen Memorial Scholarship, please download the application below. Send your completed application, along with:

  • A current copy of your resume
  • 250-400 word summary statement of your long-term professional goals relevant to the equity compensation field and why obtaining a CEP designation is important to you
  • A letter of recommendation from an individual who is qualified to evaluate your qualifications.

Scholarships applications are due August 16, 2024, via email to


For any questions or inquiries about the Marilyn J. Perkins Claassen Memorial Scholarship, please feel free to contact us at

Scholarship Application Form


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