Each year the Louisiana Housing Council (LHC) provides various scholarship opportunities to residents of public housing authorities within the state. For more information, please visit the LHC website: www.LANAHRO.org/Scholarship-Program.
The Southwest Regional Council NAHRO Scholarship Program provides scholarship opportunities to families that reside in, work with, or otherwise receive housing benefits from one of the member agencies of the Council. The SWRC NAHRO annually awards scholarships totaling more than $10,000.00. Scholarship awards are available to public housing residents, participants in rental assistance or similar programs, both heads of household and other family members, and children of staff working for a member agency.
Three (3) $12,000 scholarships over four years to assist with tuition and fees, which will also include:
$3,000 a year for up to three years as a summer internship stipend
Networking opportunities with business and community leaders
Applicants must submit an essay of 750-1,000 words to answer the following questions: "Where do you see yourself in the next four years, and how will this scholarship help you achieve those goals?" and "What are you doing now to achieve those goals?"
Stephen J. Bollinger Memorial Scholarship ($7,000) will be awarded at the PHADA Annual Convention and Exhibition. The winner will also receive a trip for him/herself and one parent/guardian to attend the convention.
Freedom & Civil Rights Scholarship ($5,000) - Students must submit a personal essay (350-500 words) demonstrating their efforts and achievements in furthering the values of the civil rights movement. Explain why the cause is still relevant in communities today and how they relate to your educational goals. Include any relevant volunteer experiences and community involvement activities relating to advancing the cause of civil rights.
Nan McKay Pathway to Achievement Scholarship ($5,000) - The scholarships will be awarded by the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), which is an organization of 1900 housing authorities across the United States. PHADA also serves as an advocate before the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a variety of regulations governing public housing nationwide.
To apply for the scholarships, students must be high school seniors living in Public Housing or a Section 8 assisted home and have at least a "B" average. All scholarships require an essay (350-500 words) addressing the topic: "How my public housing and high school experiences have influenced my life?"