The opportunity for District of Columbia Housing Authority customers to further their education just got a little bit better.
Wells Fargo recently donated $10,000 to DCHA’s Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Program via the Community Vision, Inc., increasing the annual awards to $35,000. DCHA contributes $25,000 to CVI for the program each year.
“I am so pleased that additional youth will benefit from our scholarship program,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “Obtaining a college degree or technical and trade training is so important for our customers’ futures.”
The annual Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Program accepts applications from students who live at DCHA properties or are Housing Choice Voucher Program recipients. There is no age requirement; however applicants must be attending an accredited college, university, or trade/technical school in the fall and must have a 2.0 GPA or a 225 GED score.
“Wells Fargo is very proud to support the D.C. Housing Authority’s Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Program. Through this program, residents receive scholarships that enable them to pursue their higher education goals thereby paving the way for future success,” said Anna Bard, Wells Fargo’s community affairs manager. “We commend these scholars and DCHA for supporting their hard work.”
In previous years, DCHA has awarded a total of $25,000 in scholarships. Ten DCHA customers receive $1,000 awards and three receive $5,000 awards.
“This year, with the aid of employers who participate in the Section 3 program to hire and train DCHA customers, we were able to add a third category to the scholarships—two $2,500 awards,” said Office of Resident Services Director Sherrill Hampton. “With this $10,000, we will be able to do even more in 2017.”
Hampton says the 2017 CESP is working to collect and distribute $40,000 in scholarships.
Continuing education is something DCHA always encourages. These scholarships, which are paid directly to learning institutions, can pay for books, tuition, equipment, or other items needed to assist our customers in their studies.
Applications will be available online or in DCHA’s Office of Resident Services, HCVP offices, housing managers’ offices, and resident council offices in May.