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.
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. 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. For the 2018 award, there is no limit on the number of previous awards the applicant may have received. Beginning in 2019, Strive scholarships will not be available to applicants who have already received four previous awards.
Click here for the 2018 Strive Scholarship application packet. Applications for 2018 Strive scholarships are due by May 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Other Scholarship Programs
Students who qualify for SCCHA’s Strive scholarship may also be interested in the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) Education Fund scholarship and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) scholarships. Applications for the NLHA scholarship are due in the spring. More information about the NLHA scholarship is available on their website. Applications for PHADA scholarships are due in the fall. More information about PHADA scholarships is available on their website. The NLHA and PHADA scholarship programs are not administered by SCCHA. Please direct any questions about these scholarship programs to the respective agencies.