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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 1- Graduating Senior – Resident or Participant:  Scholarships are available in three areas to graduating seniors who are residents and receive direct housing benefits from one of the member agencies of the Council.  The first scholarship is a $4,000 four-year scholarship awarded to a graduating senior, with $1,000 payable each year over a four-year period.  

A second, $1,000 one-time scholarship honoring Philip W. Miller is available to graduating seniors who are residents of a public housing agency. 

The third area includes scholarship awards of a minimum of $500.00 to resident graduating seniors who successfully apply to the program, who attained a four-year 3.0 GPA and an 18 on the ACT, 1290 on the Old SAT or 860 on the New SAT. 

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. 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. 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.

For those recipients of four-year scholarships, the procedure will be the same for the first year.  That payment will be followed by an annual payment of $1,000 for the next three years provided the student maintains a 2.5 average. The student must submit the grades from the previous year, plus some evidence that he/she is enrolled in the then current fall semester, after which a check will be forwarded to the housing agency to present to the recipient.  At this time, the agency may want to recognize the student for continuing success.

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 1) 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 Categories

I.          Category 1- Scholarship for Resident Families – $7,500 Total as follows:

      a)         1 - $4,000 Four-year scholarship to a graduating senior, payable $1,000 per year over
                   four years. 

      b)         1 - $1,000 One-year Philip W. Miller Academic Scholarship to a graduating senior.

      c)        Scholarship awards of a minimum of $500 to resident graduating seniors who attain a four-year 3.0 GPA and                  an 18  on the ACTor combined critical reading, math, and writing score of 1290 on the Old SAT or 860 on the New                  SAT.  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.


Grades (Completed by Committee Chairman)
ACT/SAT Scores (Completed by Committee Chairman)  
Academic Achievement/Extra Curricular Activities 
Community Activities    
General Overall Performance 
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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