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Is there a student in your home that is a graduating HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR who is preparing to enter college?

Is there a COLLEGE STUDENT in your home who needs financial assistance to remain in school?

Are you wondering how are you going to pay for their college education? 

If you answered "yes", please encourage your students to apply for these scholarships especially for scholars who are living in Public or Assisted housing (Section 8).

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READS Scholarship (Ruffin/Edwards Academic Development Scholarship)

The purpose of the Ruffin/Edwards Academic Development Scholarship (READS) Program is to provide assistance for college or technical school students in meeting financial needs. Students must be a resident of public housing; a high school graduate or have an adult high school diploma; an acceptance letter from a college or university. Scholarship award amounts will vary depending on available funds with a maximum award of up to $800 per year.

Scholarships are awarded twice a year, fall and spring. These Scholarship funds are obtained from the public and private sector through fundraising. The scholarship amount is determined by the READS advisory committee. If you are interested in making a direct cash contribution or want to become a corporate sponsor, please contact Resident Services, at 919.683.8596. Renewal is possible if funds are available and satisfactory progress is maintained.

For more information please contact: Resident Services at 919.683.8596. Applications are received on an ongoing basis; however, applicants should submit all materials by June 15th.

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Alpha Phi Alpha African American Male Scholarship - Deadline March 31st Annually
$1,000 scholarship to encourage young African American men to excel academically and pursue a four-year college degree. Applications are available to African American males living in Durham County, North Carolina.

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Triangle Community Foundation Student Scholarships - Deadlines Vary

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CCHRCO Scholarship Program - Deadline May 7th

Five CCHRCO scholarships for $1,000 per year for one year

  • One SERC scholarship for $1,000 per year for one year
  • One SERC scholarship for $1,500 per year for one year 

Applicants must submit an essay of 200-400 words describing your experience living in assisted housing and how it contributed to your ambitions and goals and what you would hope to contribute to society through your educational training.

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Brooks Jeffrey Marketing BEYOND Scholarship Program - Deadline May 30th Annually

  • One BEYOND scholarship for $500 per year for one year

Applicants must submit online application including essay of 1,000 words or less describing how you will impact the world. Also required are: digital copy of official transcript, digital copy of ACT or SAT composite score report, digital letter of recommendation and recent digital portrait photo suitable for publication.

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NAHRO Merit College Scholarship/NAHRO-LDG Scholars Program 

  • Three (3) $12,000 scholarships over four years to assist with tuition and fees which will also include:
  • $3,000 a year for up to three years, as a summer internship stipend
  • Networking opportunities with business and community leaders 

Applicants must submit an essay of 750-1,000 words to answer the following questions: "Where do you see yourself in the next four years and how will this scholarship help you achieve those goals?" and "What are you doing now to achieve those goals?"

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PHADA Scholarship Programs

Is there a student in your home that is a graduating HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR who is preparing to enter college? Are you wondering how are you going to pay for their college education?  If you answered "yes", please encourage your student to apply for these scholarships especially for seniors living in Public or Assisted housing (Section 8).  

Three scholarships will be awarded:

Stephen J. Bollinger Memorial Scholarship ($7,000) will be awarded at the PHADA Annual Convention and Exhibition. The winner will also receive a trip for him/herself and one parent/guardian to attend the convention. 

Freedom & Civil Rights Scholarship ($5000) - Students must submit a personal essay (350-500 words) demonstrating your efforts and achievements in furthering the values of the civil rights movement. Explain why the cause is still relevant in communities today and how they relate to your educational goals. Include any relevant volunteer experiences and community involvement activities relating to advancing the cause of civil rights.

Nan McKay Pathway to Achievement Scholarship ($5000)

The scholarships will be awarded by the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) which is an organization of 1900 housing authorities across the United States.  PHADA also serves as an advocate before the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a variety of regulations governing public housing nationwide.

To apply for the scholarships, students must be a high school senior and living in Public Housing or a Section 8 assisted home and have at least a "B" average. All scholarships require an essay (350-500 words) addressing the topic: "How my public housing and high school experiences have influenced my life?"

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