NAEHCY Scholarship Program

Deep poverty, high mobility, and school requirements often make attending and succeeding in school a challenge that’s why each year The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) awards scholarships to students who have experienced homelessness and who have demonstrated academic achievement. High school seniors and students enrolled in a GED Program are welcome to apply. Two scholarship of $2000 will be provided and may be used to help defray the costs of college tuition, fees, books, prep courses, or other educational expenses.

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.


• The 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.
• Students less than 21 years of age as of September 1, 2016, and who have completed no more than two years of college by September 1, 2016, 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.

How to Apply:

The candidates must complete the on-line application form to be considered for the scholarship. The link is:

Supporting Documents:

• An essay about the impact of homelessness on their lives and their desire to attend college (up to 1,500 words)
• An official or unofficial school transcript, include class ranking if available
• A minimum of one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or another adult who can speak to the applicant’s qualifications and experiences

Award Amount:

There will be a minimum of two $2,000 scholarships awarded annually. While the scholarship is a one-time award, additional financial support may be available for scholars in subsequent years

Application Deadline:

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, June 17, 2016.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

For more questions, you can contact Barb Dexter:

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