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:

InkAddict Tattoo Art Scholarship

Ink Addict Tattoo Design ScholarshipDo You Like to Draw Tattoo Designs? Well, Here’s a Scholarship Just for You!

Since I’ve been substitute teaching at my local middle school and high school, I’ve noticed that many students have tattoos or sport tattoo designs on their clothing. For those students without a permanent tattoo, there’s a trend to use sharpie markers to draw tattoos on themselves or on their friends. In one art class I taught, a high school student had two friends creating intricate and colorful “tats” on both her arms. I mentioned to the group that tattoos are considered an art form in cultures all over the world. I suggested that they photograph their work and email it to the Art teacher as evidence of their work in class. By the end of class, she had two full sleeves in every sharpie color available. I can only imagine the relief her parents felt when they realized her tattoos would eventually wash off. Another student actually had a tattoo portfolio he shared with me. When they discovered I write about scholarships, they challenged me to find a scholarship for tattoo artists. Well, here’s the real deal:


Contact Info:  Ink Addict, 22007 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220; Phone:  855-INK-ADDICT; [email protected]

UPDATE: We suggest emailing InkAddict to find out of their scholarship is being offered this year.

Deadline:  June 15

Award Amount:  $1,000 and $500

Eligibility:  Must be pursuing a Graduate or Undergraduate degree for Graphic Design or Art, must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Requirements: Online Application. Must submit your best example of tattoo art OR art that could be used on tattoo inspired clothing. Note that you must upload a file of your original artwork Designs must be original and cannot repurpose – or use in any way – copywritten material. Most recent college transcript

Application Link:


  • The first place winner may have their original design printed on InkAddict apparel
  • The runner up winner may have their original design printed on InkAddict apparel
  • All rights to first and second-prize winning art become the sole property of InkAddict, to be used at its discretion

Sports Journalism Scholarships

APSE Sports Journalism ScholarshipAssociated Press Sports Editors Scholarships for Collegiate Sports Journalists or (use the search bar to find “scholarships”)

Contact Info: APSE Scholarship;  c/o Joe Sullivan, Sports Editor;  Boston Globe; 135 Morrissey Boulevard,  Boston, MA 02205-2845; eMail: Joe Sullivan at [email protected] with APSE Scholarship in subject line

Deadline: June 1

Award Amount: $1,500 (4 Awarded)

Eligibility: Undergraduate (Sophomore, Junior, or Senior)

Requirements:  Include the following information in your letter of application:

  • Personal: Name, address, age, phone number.
  • Academic: A copy of the student’s collegiate grades.
  • Financial: A brief rundown of the student’s financial situation, with regards to how he/she plans to pay for tuition.
  • Five Examples of sports journalism (usually stories but could also be sections the student has edited), using either links or PDFs.

Application Link:  There is no application form or link. You are asked to write an application letter and email it along with the above documents (listed under Requirements) to Joe Sullivan.

Additional Information: The APSE Scholarships will be awarded based on the students’ journalistic work, their academic record, financial need, and geography. The scholarships will be awarded to students from four different regions of the United States.

While you’re visiting the APSE website, you might want to check out their Interns Wanted board and the APSE Sports Journalism Institute. According to their website, the “The Sports Journalism Institute is a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers. The Institute is designed to attract talented students to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing and enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide.” After attending their Sports Journalism Institute, students receive eight weeks of professional experience at a paid internship in the sports department of a daily newspaper and a $500 scholarship.

If you’re a student interested in pursuing a career in sports journalism, this is one organization you’ll want to take an in-depth look at.


Scholarships for Sacramento Students

Sacramento ScholarshipsSacramento Region Community Foundation Scholarships

Last week I wrote about the wealth of scholarship opportunities provided by local Community Foundations. Today, I’m sharing current scholarships available to students living in the Sacramento, California area.

If you don’t happen to live in the Sacramento, California region, don’t worry. You can easily find community foundations where you live or plan to attend college. You can google “community foundation + [your state/town]” to get a list of foundations in your area. (“Receive” Tab, “Scholarships” from the drop-down menu, and “Scholarships” or “Grants” Link) or for a list of current scholarships and grants:

Contact Info: Sacramento Region Community Foundation, 955 University Avenue, Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95825; phone: 916.921.7723; email Tina Bryce at [email protected]

Deadlines: March, April, May, and June

Award Amounts: $500 to $5,000

Eligibility: Various but primarily for residents in the Sacramento, California region

Requirements: Various

Application Link: For a full list of scholarships available, go to Once you register, you will be asked to complete a general application. Based upon your answers, the system will recommend scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to apply for.