We have witnessed how the lives of youth experiencing homelessness can be changed – and the cycle of poverty broken – through post-secondary education scholarship assistance, peer support, stable and caring adult mentorship, comprehensive responses to needs as they arise, and youth leadership and advocacy.
SHC is therefore extremely proud to announce our new Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program.
The SHC Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program will:
- Provide scholarships and support to youth who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program;
- Build a stable peer and adult support network for recipients, before, during, and after their college careers, and into their transition into the workforce;
- Offer young people meaningful opportunities to engage in advocacy, while providing sustained support services to help ensure graduation and success in life.
We will support the talents, motivations, and strengths of each young person, and develop community in each scholarship class. The program will provide professional assistance with financial aid processes, funds and support so students can remain in school and graduate, access to mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services.
This year, we will offer at least ten scholarships of $2,000 each; travel and expenses paid for all recipients to a national awards ceremony; and travel and expenses paid to a second gathering in Washington DC, two years after the initial scholarship award. Recipients will be selected by a national advisory committee of educators, young people, and service providers.
Students who have not reached their 20th birthday by Nov. 8, 2017, and who are entering college for the first time may apply. Applicants may be high school seniors, students enrolled in a GED or other alternative education programs, or recent graduates/GED recipients. Undocumented students who meet these criteria are eligible.
The scholarship recipients will be supported by SHC’s newest full-time employee, Amy Bradley, Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships. Amy’s past experience as a high school teacher, a McKinney-Vento school district liaison, and a national scholarship coordinator is a perfect match for SHC’s new program. Read more about Amy here.
Other young people who have experienced homelessness will act as Young Adult Leaders with SchoolHouse Connection. Young Adult Leaders will serve as partners in all aspects of our advocacy and programming, as well as mentors to our scholarship recipients. They also will receive adult mentorship and assistance completing their post-secondary education and transitioning into their careers.
The online scholarship application will be “live” on June 30, 2017, and applications will be accepted until November 8, 2017. For more information, please contact Amy Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org.