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.

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.

Strive scholarship applications are released each year in the spring. Please check this page or call 408-993-3026 for more information about upcoming SCCHA Strive scholarship application timelines.

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.

Applications being accepted now

In order to encourage academic excellence and community responsibility among high school students, the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) has implemented a scholarship program for graduating seniors who are preparing to enter college. PHADA will award two (2) scholarships to deserving youth currently residing in housing affiliated with a PHADA member agency. The Santa Clara County Housing Authority (SCCHA) would like to nominate two college-bound high school seniors for the PHADA 2018 scholarship program. Scholarship applications cannot be submitted directly to PHADA; applications must be received by SCCHA by December 14, 2017. Contact Dhory Sison, SCCHA Housing Services Coordinator, at 408-993-2026 for more information.  Please click here for detailed information.