Dates and Deadlines
Application Open: April 16, 2018
Application Deadline: June 30, 2018 (email and postmarked date)
Notification of Award(s): September 2018
Announcement of Award(s): October 2018
How to Apply
Applicants will be evaluated on each component of their submission. All applicants are to submit the following:
- Completed application form (application forms are available online at www.naehcy.org).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 Saturday, June 30, 2018, via online upload, mail, or email at email@example.com.
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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