New Yorkers who are also residents of NYCHA should consider furthering their education at the City University of New York (CUNY). The two have teamed up to offer about ten exclusive $1,000 scholarships to NYCHA residents. With these scholarships, NYCHA hopes to encourage and support residents who are pursuing higher education at CUNY colleges.
This fits in well with the housing authority’s “OpportunityNYCHA” initiative, which “connects NYCHA residents, partners and community stakeholders to adult education and training, employment, financial empowerment and resident business development opportunities and programs in their neighborhood.”
There are two separate scholarships available. The first is the “NYCHA – CUNY Resident Scholarship” and the second is the “Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship.” Applicants must complete the following requirements to be considered eligible for the scholarships:
- Be a NYCHA resident
- Have a documented disability (for Memorial Scholarship only)
- Be currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior full-time CUNY student in an Associate or Baccalaureate degree program
- Have a GPA of at least 3.0
- Demonstrate financial need
- Write a 500-word autobiographical essay
- Complete an application (found on the NYCHA or CUNY websites)
Applications are due by June 14th, 2013. The NYCHA website also has a list of scholarships residents might be eligible for and links to their program pages. The list includes the PHADA Scholarship Program, the NYSPHADA Scholarship Program, the David A. Garfinkel Essay Contest, the NYCHA Acheivers Internship Program, the Joan Maynard & James Weeks College Scholarship, and more.