Kathy Espinoza-Howard Scholarship for Santa Clara County Housing Authority Residents

Santa Clara County Housing Authority offers the Kathy Espinoza-Howard Scholarship program, formerly known as Strive, to provide post-secondary educational financial assistance for Housing Choice Voucher participants or tenants of rental properties owned or affiliated with the Housing Authority.

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Who Should Apply?

If your family receives rental assistance from SCCHA (required) and you'll be attending a technical/vocational school, community college or university in the fall, apply for the scholarship today!
All applications will be reviewed and scored by staff. Applicants with the highest scores will each receive an award of at least $1,000.

What You'll Need to Apply

Typed scholarship application
Personal essay
Letter of recommendation (must be dated within the last 12 months of application submission)


No, this is only available to Housing Choice Voucher participants or individuals who live in properties owned by or affiliated with SCCHA.

No, there is no age requirement.

An applicant may receive up to 4 scholarship awards.

If currently in school, applicants must be in good standing with their high school/college and may not be on disciplinary or academic probation.

SCCHA will award up to 50 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors, continuing college students, or returning students attending a university, community college or technical school on a full or part time basis.

Please call 408-993-3026. Please do not call to inquire about the status of your submitted application.

Other Scholarship Programs

If you qualify for the Kathy Espinoza-Howard scholarship, you should also look into resources from other housing agencies that SCCHA is affiliated with. These programs below are not maintained/handled by SCCHA, please contact the agencies directly if you have any questions.

Meet Our Previous Scholarship Awardees

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