[Deadline to apply: October 1, 2020, 11:59 PM PST]
- Provides scholarships to youth who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program.
- Assists youth with financial aid processes, mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services.
- Builds a stable peer and adult support network for recipients, before, during, and after their college careers, and into their transition into the workforce.
- Offers young people meaningful opportunities to engage in advocacy, while providing sustained support services to help ensure graduation and success in life.
- $2,000 scholarship award.
- A minimum of 10 scholarships are awarded.
- A trip to a national awards ceremony (travel and expenses included).
- Second gathering in Washington, DC, one year after the initial scholarship award (all expenses included).
- Applicants must have been born on or after Oct. 1, 2000.
- Applicants must be entering college for the first time during the fall of 2021-2022 school year. This means that the application is for students who will be high school seniors in the fall of 2020; for those who are in GED programs; and for those who plan to take a gap year.
- Applicants must have experienced homelessness within the last six years.
- Applicants must reside in the United States.
- Undocumented students who meet these criteria are eligible.
How recent does my homelessness have to be to apply?
What do you consider homeless? I've never stayed in a shelter or outside.
The term “homeless children and youths”–
(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 103(a)(1)); and
(i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;
(ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C));
(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
(iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).
My GPA is lower than I'd like because I had some rough semesters/years. Am I still eligible?
I'm having trouble loading documents to your system. What do I do?
I am taking a gap year. Am I still eligible?
Can I submit an essay that I used for my college application for your scholarship?
I have undocumented status. Am I still eligible for your scholarship?
Some of the details of my homelessness and my life seem too personal to share. Do you want to read essays with personal details?
I have not been identified as homeless by my school but I am experiencing/ have experienced homelessness. Am I eligible?
I am currently 19 years old. Is that the right age to apply?
Yes. Anyone who was born on or after Oct. 1, 2000 is eligible.