The 2019 Scholarship Application Period is Now Closed
Dates and Deadlines
Application Open: March 18, 2019
Application Deadline: April 30, 2019 (email and postmarked date)
Notification of Award(s): July 2019
Announcement of Award(s): August – September 2019
NAEHCY will award a minimum of four (4) $2,000 scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. The unrestricted funds will be awarded once proof of post secondary education as been provided.
How to Apply
Applicants will be evaluated on each component of their submission. All applicants are to submit the following:
- Completed application form (take a minute and review the application form, available to view HERE)
- A personal essay (500-800 words, double spaced) that addresses the following questions:
- How did homelessness impact your educational aspirations? How did you maintain your commitment to education while homeless?
- How many times have you been homeless and for how long?
- What are your future educational goals and how will this scholarship help you to accomplish those goals? Specifically, how would you use this scholarship, if awarded?
- What are your long-term professional goals and career interests?
- An official school transcript, include class ranking if available. If there are any barriers to obtaining an official school transcript, please contact us at email@example.com.
- A letter from a local homeless education liaison, school official, outreach worker, shelter provider, religious leader, or other homeless service provider, confirming current or former homeless status.
- A minimum of one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other adult (not related) that can speak to the applicant’s qualifications and experiences.
*letters may be included in application packet or mailed/emailed separately.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant must be under the age of 21 prior to the application due date;
- Applicant must be actively pursuing post-secondary education;
- Applicant must be homeless or have been homeless at any time during their school attendance. Parameters on homeless status are defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act (see below).
According to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act, a person is considered homeless who “lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.” This includes people living in shelters, cars, motels/hotels, campgrounds, or places not meant for human habitation. The definition includes children and youth who are living with friends or relatives temporarily (doubled-up or sharing the housing of others) because they lack permanent housing
NOTE: If selected for a scholarship award, you will be required to provide proof of post-secondary school or program enrollment prior to release of scholarship funds.
Submit completed scholarship applications by April 30, 2019, via online upload, mail, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Attn: NAEHCY Scholarship Fund
PO Box 26274
Minneapolis, MN 55426
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Want some time to review the application before completing? Download a pdf here.