About the NAEHCY Scholarship Program
Children and youth in homeless situations face numerous barriers to educational success. Deep poverty, high mobility, and school requirements often make attending and succeeding in school a challenge. Despite these challenges, many students who experience homelessness not only graduate from high school, but wish to pursue a college education.
What is the application period?
NAEHCY will award its 2015 scholarships in October 2015.
What is the NAEHCY Scholarship Program?
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth provides scholarship assistance to students who are homeless or have experienced homelessness. The program was established in 1998.
Who selects the recipients?
A national advisory board including local, state, and national educators reviews the applications and makes the selection.
How many scholarships are awarded?
There will be a minimum of two $1,500 scholarships awarded annually. The scholarship is a one-time award. Additional financial support may be available for scholars in subsequent years.
How may the NAEHCY scholarship be used?
Upon submission of evidence that you have enrolled in a post secondary program, the scholarship will be provided and may be used to help defray the costs of college tuition, fees, books, prep courses, or other educational expenses.
How many scholarships have been awarded in the past?
To date, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 250 recipients.
When will the scholarships be awarded?
The scholarships will be awarded on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Who is eligible for the scholarship?
NAEHCY scholarship funds are available to students who are homeless or who have been homeless during their K-12 school attendance, and who have demonstrated average or higher than average achievement.
According to federal law, a person who “lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence” is considered homeless. This includes people living in shelters, cars, motels, campgrounds, or places not meant for human habitation, as well as children and youth who are living with friends or relatives temporarily because they lack permanent housing.
Students who have not reached their 21st birthday by September 1, 2014, and who have completed no more than two years of college are eligible to apply. Applicants may be high school seniors, students enrolled in a GED or other alternative education program, or recent graduates/GED recipients. If you are in high school and not yet enrolled in a post secondary program, the committee will hold your scholarship for you pending your enrollment.