College Scholarships for Homeless Students

NAEHCY College Scholarship for Homeless Students

NAEHCY Scholarship

According to their website, “The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Through state and federal policy and technical assistance to our members, students, and the public, we change systems so all children and youth can learn, succeed academically, and achieve their dreams.”

URL: or (select “NAEHCY Scholarship Fund” tab and choose from the drop-down menu)

Contact Info: Patricia A. Popp, Ph.D., NAEHCY Scholarship Fund, 8250 Skirmish Lane, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111; Phone: 757.221.7776; eMail: [email protected]. To receive an application via email or fax, please contact Patricia Popp, NAEHCY LeTendre Chair.

Deadline:  June 19

Award Amount:  $2,000 (2 awarded)

Eligibility:  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, 2015, 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.

Requirements:  Application Form, Essay, an Official or Unofficial school Transcript (include class ranking if available), and a minimum of one Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or other adult who can speak to the applicant’s qualifications and experiences.

About the Essay:  An essay about the impact of homelessness on the their lives and their desire to attend college (500-1,000 words).

Students’ applications will be evaluated on:

  • Demonstrated commitment to education during the experience of homelessness;
  • Academic achievement and accomplishments;
  • Potential impact of the scholarship for the student’s educational career;
  • Discussion of how the scholarship money would be used;
  • Statement of goals and career interests; and
  • 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Link:

More Information:

How You Can Help #BeTheChange

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.

The NAEHCY Scholarship Program is dependent on donations for its existence. For more information about the Fund, please contact Patricia Popp at [email protected] or call 757.221.7776. You can donate online or through the Amazon Smile program.

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Scholarships for Students with Cystic Fibrosis

Exercise for Life Athletic Scholarship for Students with Cystic FibrosisExercise for Life Athletic Scholarship for Students with Cystic Fibrosis

According to their website: “…[W]e have raised millions of dollars to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. But our mission isn’t all about fundraising; it’s also about supporting the CF community. To that end, we have developed a variety of programs to help people with CF live, breathe and succeed despite the disease.”

URL: or (Programs tab, “Scholarships” from the drop-down menu to view all of their scholarships)

Contact Info:  Boomer Esiason Foundation, c/o Chris McEwan, 483 10th Avenue, Suite 300, New York, NY 10018; Email: [email protected]

Deadline:  June 19

Award Amount:  $10,000 (2 awarded; 1 for a male student and 1 for a female student)

Eligibility: Applicants must be a high school senior who has cystic fibrosis and demonstrates scholastic ability, athletic ability (as evidenced by regular exercise), character, leadership, service to the community, need for financial assistance, and daily compliance to CF therapy. The student-athlete should jog on a regular basis and be training for the 1.5-mile qualifying run. All candidates will be judged on the basis of time.

Requirements: Application; Completed Exercise For Life training log (email for the download link); Essay 1: Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; Essay 2: Discuss your post-graduation goals; recent photo; Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine; most recent W2 form for both parents; Transcript; Letter of Acceptance from academic institution; detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution; and signed waiver.

Application Link:

Note: The Boomer Esiason Foundation supports scholarships for college students, cystic fibrosis research and education, as well as transplant grants. If you’d like to help support these causes and #BeTheChange, you can donate here:

10 Ways to Maximize Your Last Summer as a High School Student

Maximize Your Summer

Have Fun AND Use Your Last Summer as a High School Student to Reduce Your Senior Stress!

School’s almost out for the summer, and while it’s important to savor the well-deserved break and engage in social activities, it’s also crucial to use the next few months to get a jump start on essential tasks before being swept up in Senior-year activities. This will help you get a step ahead and make your transition into the fall semester a smooth one while minimizing feelings of overwhelm as you head into college application process.

  1. Have a Discussion with Your Parents About Paying for College—Are you afraid to ask your parents if you will need to apply for financial aid? With tuition rates soaring and the current state of our economy, discussing financial aid and your family’s financial concerns with your parents has never been more important. Knowing how much money you’ll need to contribute will help you make a plan to raise the money by the time your first tuition bill is due. Need some help? Check out this great post to get started.
  2. Learn How to Find and Win Scholarships—Did you know that devoting yourself to finding and applying for scholarships as a part-time job can pay up to $66 an hour? We’ve run the numbers and can prove it’s true. You can read our ebook on how to do this (it’s a fast and easy read!) or get extra help by joining a small group of like-minded students for one hour a week in a Skype chat workshop.
  3. Assemble Your Scholarship Portfolio So You Can Hit the Ground Running in the Fall—This is super important because when you apply for scholarships, the sponsoring organization will request certain documents from you, which must be submitted with your application by their deadline. If you’ve created and assembled your documents ahead of time, you can apply immediately, never miss a deadline, and submit dozens (dare I say hundreds?) of scholarship applications. Being “scholarship ready” by your senior year is critical because you’ll be absorbed by  college applications, leaving little time for procuring much-needed scholarships. Learn what documents should be in your Scholarship Portfolio here and if you need extra help, you can always sign up for a Skype class to get help writing and editing standout documents.
  4. Volunteer with an Organization You Feel Good About or that Works in a Field that You Want to Study or Work In—By now you’ve likely engaged in community service throughout your high school career. This is important because scholarship committees look for students who give back to their communities. After all, that’s what these organizations do when they offer scholarships! If you haven’t volunteered, start this summer and make a commitment for a year. Here’s a great list of volunteering ideas.
  5. Get a Part-Time Job—While part-time jobs are unlikely won’t pay you $66 an hour, they will look great on your resume. Plus, scholarship committees like to support and award scholarships to students who make an effort to earn their own money for college. As a bonus, you can ask your supervisor and coworkers for the critical Letters of Recommendation you’ll need!
  6. Clean up your Social Media Accounts and/or Set Up New Social Media Accounts to be Used Exclusively for Your College and Scholarship SearchA recent study from Kaplan has found that 31% of college admission officers check social media to see if an applicant would make a good fit and 12% of colleges report rejecting an applicant because of what they discovered on social media. These numbers are growing every year. These are sobering numbers and I strongly suggest spending time this summer reviewing and revising your social media accounts or putting in place tight privacy settings. The other option is to open brand new social media accounts that you can use to show yourself in the best possible light to colleges and scholarship committees. 
  7. Get Letters of Recommendation (You’ll Need Several for College and Scholarship Applications)—Recommendation letters from people who know you and your work well—give scholarship committees a glimpse into your strengths, your qualities, your personality, and your accomplishments. These letters can often be the difference between winning a scholarship and having to try again next year. Summer is a great time to request Recommendation Letters because people are more relaxed and have more free time available. Start reaching out to people early in the summer because it can often take a month or two to get the letter you need! Here’s a few tips on how to get a great letter!
  8. Assemble Your Scholarship Team—Successful entrepreneurs never go it alone. They build a team to help them achieve their company’s vision and mission. If you’re in need of scholarships, your vision is to pay for college and graduate debt-free. Your mission is to win scholarships. The bigger your team is, the faster and easier you’ll achieve both. As the old saying goes, “Many hands make light work.” So use the summer to build your team.
  9. Create a Personal Website—Creating a personal or professional website is a great way to tell your story. Showcasing your work and portfolio is an excellent project to take on this summer. Start your own YouTube, channel, blog, or buy a domain name to post your resume and samples of your clips. When applying for scholarships, college, internships or jobs, having a website dedicated to your work will help you stand out. Here are two great posts from one of my favorite blogs, The Daily Muse: Build a Personal Website in a Week and 14 Stunning Ways to Build Your Personal Website This Week.
  10. Take Time Out to Relax and Recharge—The importance of taking time off from work cannot be overstated. I’ve had to learn this lesson over and over again but I finally understand that when I take time for self-care, time to rest and recharge, I get more done in less time. Here are some ideas from another favorite blogging team, Marc and Angel: 9 Ways to Feel Less Stress When Life Gets Crazy Busy.

School is out for the summer in less than 4 weeks (at least here in Vermont). Now is a good time to plan your summer activities to achieve maximum results and reduce the feelings and stress that go along with being a Senior next year. How will you spend your last summer before becoming a Senior? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Peer Tutoring Scholarship

Peer Tutoring ScholarshipNational Scholar Foundation’s Peer Tutoring Scholarship Contents

While I have not included contests in our scholarship books, this is a rare exception. I include it because it encourages and rewards students who help their peers. I recently spent the day at Lamoille Union Middle School and noticed several outstanding math students helping small groups and individuals who were struggling with their assignment. I was asked if there are scholarships for Middle School students that day. Here’s proof that applying for scholarships and contests in Middle School IS possible!

According to the NSF website: “The NSF Peer Tutoring Scholarship Competition is an opportunity for middle and high school peer tutors across the nation to compete for a college scholarship as well as the title National Peer Tutor of the Year for their efforts to provide academic support to their peers.” or (Click on “Scholarships” tab)

Contact Info: Phone: 908.295.7208; email: [email protected]

Deadlines: May 1

Award Amounts: $250 to $1,000 (4 awarded)

Eligibility: Middle School or High School student who is tutoring peers (unpaid academic tutoring).

Requirements: Short Essay and an Educator Reference

Application Link:

Scholarships from the Asian Pacific Community Fund

Asian Pacific Community FundAccording to their website: “The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) is excited to partner with local donors to offer scholarship programs annually to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education. Through a competitive process, scholarship recipients are selected by a review committee based on academic merits, community involvement, leadership skills as well as recommendation from a mentor. Many of our scholarship programs are intended to support low-income youth, and several programs encourage students to study locally at a community college or state university.”

If you’d like to help support the Asian Pacific Community Fund’s scholarship programs, you can donate here

The Chen Foundation Scholarship Program or (“Programs” tab and “Scholarships” from the drop-down menu)

Contact Info: Asian Pacific Community Fund, 1145 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90017; phone: 213.624.6400 (extension 6); email: Kristle Domondon, Scholarship Coordinator at [email protected]

Deadline: March 31

Award Amount: $2,000 (10 Awarded; Renewable)

Eligibility: High school seniors who reside in California, plan to attend a California State University or Californian Community college as a first-year student); GPA 3.0, have a household income at or below California State Low-Income Level; no ethnicity requirement

Requirements: Online Application, Official High School Transcript, Community Service Advisor or Supervisor Recommendation (see form here:

Application Link:

Taiwanese American Scholarship

Contact Info: Asian Pacific Community Fund, 1145 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90017; phone: 213.624.6400 (extension 6); email: Kristle Domondon, Scholarship Coordinator at [email protected]

Deadline: March 31

Award Amount: $2,500 (14 Awarded)

Eligibility: High school seniors and college freshmen, US citizen, direct blood descendant of a Taiwanese citizen, plan to attend a college or university as a first or second year student, 3.0 GPA, have a household income at or below the Federal/State/County Low-Income Level, any major

Requirements: Online Application, Official High School Transcript, 3 References

Application Link:

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