The PHA recognizes the importance of encouraging students to pursue a career that leads to economic independence and self sufficiency. As a result, several scholarship opportunities are available each year to Section 8 and Public Housing residents. The eligibility requirements and application process are different for each scholarship program. Scholarship opportunities will be posted here and on the Public Notices page of our website when they become available.
George and Nancy Latimer Public Housing Resident Scholarship Awards
Five recipients are awarded scholarships of $1,000 each through the PHA’s George and Nancy Latimer Public Housing Resident Scholarship Program. The scholarships help pay tuition for public housing residents and Section 8 participants who are pursuing post-secondary education. The scholarship awards are sent directly to the recipients' educational institutions.
This scholarship is in its nineteenth year. The scholarships are paid from the Building Fund, not from the PHA’s HUD funding. As of 2016, the PHA has awarded 123 scholarships totaling $101,500.
The Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) scholarship programs encourage academic excellence and community responsibility among high school students. Each year PHADA awards three scholarships to deserving youth currently residing in a PHADA member agency. Click here to read the board report about the most recent scholarship award winner, the first Saint Paul PHA resident to receive a major PHADA scholarship.
Minnesota NAHRO Education Scholarship Program
Each year at their Spring Conference, the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) awards scholarships for post-secondary educational programs. Scholarships are awarded to student applicants who are sponsored by active Minnesota NAHRO Agency Members and selected as winners. The number of scholarships awarded is dependent upon the number of applications received and the amount of scholarship funds raised by Minnesota NAHRO. Each agency member may sponsor only one applicant. Scholarships may be used for any accredited post-secondary education program, except for graduate or post-graduate programs.