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Scholarships for NYCHA Residents

NYCHA is committed to helping our residents pursue higher learning and as such we have identified the following scholarship opportunities that can help to offset related educational costs.

Scholarships for Section 8 Voucher-Holders
The National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) Education Fund is seeking applications for its scholarship program. The Education Fund will provide scholarship awards to eligible individuals living in federally assisted housing or Section 8 voucher recipients following four distinctive roads to higher education. Applicants may only apply under one of four categories.
Application Deadline: March 25, 2015

National Leased Housing Education Fund

2015 Garfinkel Essay Scholarship for CUNY and SUNY Community College Students
Interested in $1,000 and $1,500 scholarships? The Historical Society of the New York Courts has a scholarship essay competition. Essay prompts will discuss how New York Courts have addressed equal human rights for the LGBT community.
Spring 2015 deadline is April 1, 2015.

Learn more at NYS Courts

NYSPHADA Scholarship Program
In order to encourage academic excellence and community responsibility among high school students, NYSPHADA has implemented a scholarship program for graduating seniors who are preparing to enter higher level learning (defined as a 2-4 year college, trade school or formal certification program). NYSPHADA will award one (1) scholarship to a deserving youth currently residing in a NYSPHADA member agency.
Application Deadline: January 9, 2015.

NYSPHADA: New York State Public Housing Authority Director's Association

College Scholarships for Children of NYC Employees
The E. Virgil Conway College Scholar Awards is for children of employees with permanent civil service status and at least two years of continuous full-time service. The maximum gross family income permitted for eligibility for the College Scholar Award is $110,000. Students must graduate in June 2014, or have graduated previously from public or private high schools. They must be attending or be accepted for admission as full-time students at public or private colleges or universities. To be eligible students must have taken the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (American College Testing Program) examination. Selection is based on scholastic achievement, leadership and commitment, record of school and community activity and service, as well SAT and ACT examination scores. Please note there are separate application forms for high school students who will graduate by June 2014 and for students who are already in college – both are eligible to apply. City of New York employees must submit applications to DCAS.
Application Deadline: June 13, 2014

E. Virgil Conway College Scholar Awards

NAECY’s LeTendre Education Fund Scholarship
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAECY) provides higher education scholarship assistance to students impacted by homelessness through the LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children. A minimum of two $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually. The funds may be used by students enrolled in a post-secondary program to help defray the costs of college tuition, fees, books, prep courses, or other educational expenses. Eligible students are those who are homeless or who have been homeless during their K-12 school attendance, and who have demonstrated average or higher than average achievement.
Application Deadline: June 16

NAECY’s LeTendre Education Fund Scholarship

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Application Program flyer

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program
NYCHA is committed to supporting our residents by offering them opportunities to further their education. There are two types of scholarships, the NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship for residents who are full-time undergraduates at a City University of New York (CUNY) college, and the Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship for residents with disabilities who are enrolled in a CUNY undergraduate program. Both scholarships award $1,000 annually to eligible NYCHA residents.
Application Deadline : June 30, 2014.

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program

2014 CHW Scholarship Fund for Public & Affordable Housing Residents
The 2014 Cannon Heyman & Weiss Scholarship Fund is awarding up to $17,000 in scholarship awards to residents of affordable housing who are accepted into full- and part-time study at approved colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, and other post-secondary institutions leading to a degree, diploma or certificate. Please note: Section 8 voucher holders are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

CHW Scholarship Fund

PHADA Scholarship Program
You may be eligible to apply for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $7,000 if you: Live in a NYCHA development or receive Section 8 housing assistance; Are a college-bound high school senior; Have a minimum B average

PHADA Scholarship Program

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NYCHA Achievers Internship Program
The NYCHA Achievers Internship Program is an 8 week, full-time employment and development program. The program is designed to provide graduating high school seniors and college students with a challenging work experience. Through NYCHA Achievers, the New York City Housing Authority seeks to provide outstanding students with an opportunity to work in a fast-paced government enviornment or an external organization.
NYCHA Achievers Internship Program

NYCHA resident Sadia Nusrat with Chairman John B. Rhea. (Photo by LETICIA BARBOZA)

College-Bound Resident Earns Essay Honors
NYCHA resident Sadia Nusrat won scholarship honors through the New York State chapter of the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (NYSPHADA) after writing an essay and being referred by the Authority. Nusrat and her family met with NYCHA Chairman Rhea as the Authority continues its investment in the education of its residents.
Read more about Sadia

Housing Group Donates $1,000 to NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program
On Jan. 26, 2012 the NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program received a $1,000 donation from non-profit group, Women in Housing and Finance to support the program’s efforts to annually award $1,000 one-time-only educational grants to public housing residents who are pursuing higher education at colleges of The City University of New York.
The donation was raised from proceeds of a documentary film screening hosted by Women in Housing and Finance of "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth," which explores the social, economic, and legislative issues faced by the St. Louis Housing Authority in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. This was the first time NYCHA partnered with Women in Housing and Finance on this fundraising initiative and we look forward to building on the partnership in the future.

Learn more about Women in Housing and Finance

If you have a scholarship, competition, or college event that you would like to share with NYCHA residents please email