Please Contact:
Patricia Popp
Ph: (757) 221-7776

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 awarded its 2014 scholarships in October 2014. NAEHCY is now accepting 2015 applications.

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 in memory of André E. LeTendre, husband of Mary Jean LeTendre, former Director of Compensatory Education for the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

Scholarship Application

Download the 2015 Scholarship Application.

To receive an application via e-mail or fax, please contact Patricia Popp, NAEHCY LeTendre Chair, at (757) 221-7776 or

How do students apply?

Applicants must submit:

1) A completed application form;
2) An essay about the impact of homelessness on the their lives and their desire to attend college (500-1,000 words; please see essay evaluation criteria listed below);
3) An official school transcript (include class ranking, if available); and
4) A minimum of one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or other adult who can speak to the applicant's qualifications and experiences

This packet must be sent to:
Patricia A. Popp, PhD
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
9176 Harvey Hollow Drive
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Materials also may be faxed to (757) 221-5300.

What are the criteria for reviewing the applications?

Students' applications will be evaluated on:

1) Demonstrated commitment to education during the experience of homelessness;
2) Academic achievement and accomplishments;
3) Potential impact of the scholarship for the student’s educational career and discussion of how the scholarship money would be used.
4) Statement of goals and career interests; and
5) Grammar and use of language.

Applicants should write essays with these criteria in mind. The essay is the most important component of the application; letters of recommendation are also very important.

When is the deadline for the 2015 applications?

5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, June 19, 2015.


The NAEHCY Scholarship Program is dependent on donations for its existence. For more information about the Fund, please contact Patricia Popp at or (757) 221-7776.

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