United States of America
SchoolHouse Connection is a national non-profit organization working to overcome homelessness through education. We provide strategic advocacy and technical assistance in partnership with early childhood programs, schools, institutions of higher education, service providers, families, and youth. We believe education is the only permanent solution to homelessness. Our vision is that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full access to quality learning, birth through higher education, so they will never be homeless as adults, and the next generation will never be homeless.
- Provides scholarships to youth who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program.
- Assists youth with financial aid processes, mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services.
- Builds a stable peer and adult support network for recipients, before, during, and after their college careers, and into their transition into the workforce.
- Offers young people meaningful opportunities to engage in advocacy, while providing sustained support services to help ensure graduation and success in life.
For more information, please contact Jordyn Roark (Jordyn@schoolhouseconnection.org).
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
- Applicants must have been born on or after Oct. 1, 2001.
- Applicants must be entering college for the first time during the fall of 2022-2023 school year. This means that the application is for students who will be high school seniors in the fall of 2021; for those who are in GED programs; and for those who plan to take a gap year.
- Applicants must have experienced homelessness within the last six years.
- Applicants must reside in the United States.
- Undocumented students who meet these criteria are eligible.
Deadline: November 01, 2021
Cost/funding for participants:
- $2,000 scholarship award.
- A minimum of 10 scholarships are awarded.
- A trip to a national awards ceremony (travel and expenses included).
- Second gathering in Washington, DC, one year after the initial scholarship award (all expenses included).