Strive Scholarship Program


SCCHA’s service to Santa Clara County extends beyond the housing we build and the rental assistance vouchers we administer. We are committed to helping low-income families become self-sufficient and independent of government aid.

We created the Strive Scholarship program to provide post-secondary educational financial assistance for Section 8 tenants or tenants of rental properties owned or affiliated with SCCHA. In 2019, SCCHA awarded 52 students $1000 each to further their educational goals.

Strive scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors and college students attending a university, community college or technical school on a full or part-time basis. Applications are made available in the Spring. Qualified applicants must complete an application, which includes an essay on long-term goals, a letter of recommendation and a copy of recent transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted). The transcripts requirement will be waived for applicants who have been out of school for five or more years. Beginning in 2019, Strive scholarships will not be available to applicants who have already received four previous awards.

Applications for the Strive scholarship are currently available here. Applications must be submitted by email to or by FAX to 408-993-4426 before May 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be considered.

Questions about the Strive Scholarship program can be directed to Julia Burkhead ( or 408-993-3089).


Other Scholarship Programs

Students who qualify for SCCHA’s Strive scholarship may also be interested in scholarships available from the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) Education Fund, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and the HAI Group.

Applications for PHADA scholarships are due in the winter; more information is available on their website.

Applications for the NLHA scholarship due in the spring; more information is available on their website. Two distinguished SCCHA scholars received awards from NLHA in 2018.

Applications for the NAHRO scholarship are currently available, due May 15, 2020; more information is available on their website. Scholarship applications must be endorsed by SCCHA before they are submitted to NAHRO. Submit your application to not later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday May 14, 2020.

Applications for HAI Group scholarships are due in the spring; more information is available on their website.

The NLHA, NAHRO, and HAI Group scholarship programs are not administered by SCCHA. Please direct any questions about these scholarship programs to the respective agencies.