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Southwest NAHRO
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 3- Resident/Participant Head of Household:  Scholarships are available for Heads of Households who are residents of a housing agency or program participant and who plan to begin or are presently attending college.  Etc.


Eligibility Requirements

1.  The applicant and their family must reside or receive direct housing benefits and be in good standing through any housing program administered by any agency that is a member in good standing of   Southwest NAHRO.

2.   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 resident of the agency. The agency must also certify that it is a member in good standing of SWRC NAHRO.

Definitions   A head of household (Category 3) applicant is the head of a resident family who resides in or has received direct housing benefits from a SWRC NAHRO member agency.

Scholarship Categories

I.          Category 3 - Scholarship for Resident Family Head of Household - $1,250     Total as follows:

  1. 1 - $750 One-year Sam McKay Memorial Commissioners’ Scholarship to a resident Head of                               Household whether starting or already in college.
  2. 1 - $500 scholarship in honor of the sitting president of Southwest NAHRO to a resident Head of Household whether starting or 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) if applicable       
Community Activities 
Financial need  
  Total Available Points



    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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