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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.

Submit the Scholarship Application and accompanying documentation to:
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 4 – Graduating Senior – Nontraditional - Resident  or ParticipantThe SWRC NAHRO Annual Scholarship Program provides scholarship opportunities to resident high school seniors residing in or who otherwise receive direct housing benefits from one of the member agencies of the Council.  This scholarship is for NONTRADITIONAL students or students in a nontraditional program.   This award is a minimum of $500 and is to resident/participant graduating seniors who successfully apply to the program.  The award is two (2), one-year scholarships.  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.  The program is competitive and awards based on academic achievement, extra curricula activities, and community involvement.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant and their family must receive direct housing benefits through any housing program administered by any agency that is a member in good standing of Southwest NAHRO.  
  • The applicant must submit his/her GED or high school transcript, including grades for the first semester of the senior year.
  • The applicant must submit his/her ACT scores, if available.
  • The student’s family must exhibit circumstances indicating financial need.
  • The student must commit himself/herself to enrolling in a college, community college, or vocational technical program after graduation.
  • The judging of applications not submitted in accordance with the instructions is omitted.
  • Upon the distribution of funds, the applicant’s family must be residents of or receive direct housing benefits through any housing program administered by any agency who is a member in good standing of the SWNAHRO.

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.

  1. The student will be responsible for providing enrollment information to the program coordinator. 
  2. The student is required to be a resident upon issuance of the check. 
  3.  The student will receive their check in the scholarship amount via the housing authority that sponsored the student.
  4. The agency makes 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 graduating senior of a resident family (Category 4) is a high school graduate of the current program year who is a member and resides with a family, who resides in or has received direct housing benefits from a SWRC NAHRO member agency.

Scholarship Category:  

  1. 2 - $500.00 One-year Scholarships to a resident/participant graduating nontraditional senior. 

  2. Actual amount will vary according to the number of students applying and funds available.

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.


Academic Achievement/Extra-Curricular Activities          
Community Activities 
General Overall Performance
  Total Available Points



    1. A panel of judges representing the States in the Region will evaluate the students’ academic achievements, extra-curricular and community activity involvement. The panel of judges will also score the essay, financial need, and determine the overall performance.  Grades and test scores, if available, is taken into consideration with the applicant’s expressed desire for education along with the rest of the application in the general overall performance category.

    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 may assist you 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 scores should be included in this evaluation.


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