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. Beginning in 2019, Strive scholarships will not be available to applicants who have already received four previous awards.
The 2019 Strive application will be available in March 2019.
Other Scholarship Programs
Students who qualify for SCCHA’s Strive scholarship may also be interested in scholarships available from the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) Education Fund scholarship, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) merit college scholarship, the HAI Group Resident Scholarship Program, and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) scholarships.
Applications for the NLHA scholarship are currently available, due April 20, 2019. More information about the NLHA scholarship is available on their website. Two distinguished SCCHA scholars received awards from NLHA in 2018.
Applications for the NAHRO scholarship are currently available; more information is available on their website. Scholarship applications must be endorsed by SCCHA before they are submitted to NAHRO. Please submit your NAHRO scholarship application to SCCHA Housing Services Coordinator Dhory Sison (email@example.com) no later than April 2, 2019.
Applications for HAI Group scholarships are currently available; 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. Please submit your HAI Group scholarship residency form to SCCHA Housing Services Coordinator Dhory Sison (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 23, 2019.
Applications for PHADA scholarships are due in the fall. More information about PHADA scholarships is available on their website.
The NLHA, NAHRO, HAI Group, and PHADA scholarship programs are not administered by SCCHA. Please direct any questions about these scholarship programs to the respective agencies.