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Scholarship Program



The Southwest Regional Council NAHRO Scholarship Program provides scholarship opportunities to families that reside in, work with, or who otherwise receive housing benefits from one of the member agencies of the Council.  The SWRC NAHRO annually awards scholarships totaling more than $10,000.00.  Scholarship awards are available to public housing residents, participants in rental assistance or similar programs, both heads of household and other family members, and children of staff working for a member agency.


Scholarship Application with accompanying documentation and information must be submitted directly to:

Southwest NAHRO Scholarship Program

Southwest NAHRO Scholarship Program
12246 FM 1769
Graham, TX 76450

For questions or information contact:
        Milet Hopping mileth@wacopha.org  (254) 752-0324 ext 280


Category 2- Graduating Senior, Child of Agency Staff:  One $1,000 one-year scholarship is available to a graduating senior of an agency staff family. In addition, either another one-year $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of an agency staff family or 2 one-year $500 scholarships are awarded to agency staff family members already in college.  These scholarships are given in memory of Mr. Michael Hanratty and Ms. Cissy Wood. Actual amount will vary according to the number of students applying and funds available.

The scholarships have been established by the membership of Southwest NAHRO to provide the opportunity for students associated with public assisted housing to take advantage of post high school educational opportunities that otherwise may not be possible.  Any unused portion of a scholarship may, at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, be awarded a student exhibiting outstanding accomplishment.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. A parent or legal guardian of the applicant must be employed by the agency and the agency must be a member in good standing of Southwest NAHRO. 

  2. The applicant must have a 3.0 GPA, have earned at least an 18 on the ACT or combined critical reading, math, and writing score of 1290 on the Old SAT or 860 on the New SAT, and commit himself/herself to enrolling in a college or vocational training program beyond high school graduation.

  3. Applications submitted that are not in accordance with the instructions will not be considered for judging.

The program is competitive and awards are based on academic achievement, extra curricular activities, family need and community involvement. 

Scholarship Payments:
In an attempt to expedite scholarship payments, eliminate lost payments, and to make a greater impact on the students as to who is providing the scholarship funds, SWNAHRO has established specific scholarship payment procedures. For one-year scholarship recipients, the program coordinator will obtain enrollment information from the student; after which a check in the scholarship amount will be mailed to the housing authority that sponsored the student.  The agency is then asked to make the presentation of the check to the student and his or her family at a Board Meeting or some other appropriate event.

Certification:  The housing agency must certify that the applicant is a child of an employee of the agency.  The agency must also certify that it is a member in good standing of SWRC NAHRO.

Definitions:  A graduating senior of an agency staff family (Category 2) is a high school graduate of the current program year who is a member and resides with a family who has one parent or guardian employed with a SWRC NAHRO member agency.  An agency staff family member already in college is one who has graduated from high school within the last 4 years and resides with a family who has one parent or guardian employed with a SWRC NAHRO member agency.

Scholarship Categories

Category 2- Scholarship for Agency Staff Family Member - $2,000 Total as follows:
A. 1 - $1,000 One-year scholarship to an agency staff family graduating senior.

B. 1 - $1,000 One-year scholarship, or 2 - $500 one-year scholarships to an agency staff family member already in college.

If there are not enough qualified applicants in any one category, the funds from that category will be transferred to other categories that have more qualified applicants.  The judging and application forms will be the same in all categories and the students will compete against one another for the top award.


Grades (Completed by Committee Chairman 125
ACT/SAT Scores (Completed by Committee Chairman)  50
Academic Achievement/Extra Curricular Activities  100
Community Activities            75
Essay        100
Financial Need / Special Circumstance   125
General Overall Performance      25
  Total Available Points    600



    1. The Committee Chair will review grade point averages and determine the point total for grades and ACT/SAT scores.

    2. In judging the scholarship applications the judges should consider all aspects of the application that may have an impact on each judging category.  One would perhaps consider an applicant’s part-time and/or after school job record (with private enterprise business) as a possible balancing value for an outstanding student who worked instead of participated in extra-curricular activities.  Non-government jobs should only be considered because they are rarely political and reflect a student’s self-determination as compared to say a JTPA or CETA job, which often has political attachments.

    3. The letters of recommendation submitted by each student should be considered in the evaluation of the extra-curricular activities as well as the community activities.  Emphasis in evaluation of the letters should be given to the position of the writer, the obvious familiarity (or lack thereof) of the writer with the student themselves, and the overall quality of the recommendation.  One needs to separate the good intentions of the writer from the quality and validity of the recommendation.

    4. The general overall performance evaluation is the “gut feeling” of the judge with regard to the excellence of the student.  A general review of transcripts and ACT/SAT scores should be included in this evaluation.


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