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.

Questions about the Strive Scholarship program can be directed to Dhory Sison ( or 408-993-3026).


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 available now on the PHADA website. Eligible applicants are high school seniors residing in SCCHA owned or managed units or whose families receive rental assistance through the Section 8 program. Eligible applicants must have at least a cumulative "B" average on their schools' applicable scales. Applications must be typewritten in English and submitted electronically to SCCHA ( by January 17, 2020. SCCHA may nominate up to two exceptional candidates for PHADA scholarships. Selected applications will be endorsed by SCCHA's Executive Director and forwarded to PHADA by the January 31, 2020 deadline. SCCHA will pay the $25 application fee.

A complete PHADA scholarship application will include:

  • The PHADA 2020 Scholarship Application form
  • A copy of your school transcript (an original/official version will be required if your application is selected for submission to PHADA)
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher or guidance counselor, one from a personal contact who is not a member of your family
  • Essay: How my public housing and high school experiences have influenced my life (350-500 words)
  • Second essay (for Freedom & Civil Rights Scholarship applicants ONLY): My efforts and achievements in furthering the values of the civil rights movement (350-500 words)

Applications for the NLHA scholarship are currently available, due April 11, 2020; more information is available on their website. Two distinguished SCCHA scholars received awards from NLHA in 2018.

Applications for the NAHRO scholarship are generally available in the Spring; more information is available on their website. Scholarship applications must be endorsed by SCCHA before they are submitted to NAHRO.

Applications for HAI Group scholarships are generally available in the Spring; more information is available on their website. Your proof of residency form must be completed by SCCHA before you submit your application to HAI Group.

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.