2018-2019 CHA Scholarship Program kicks off. CHA residents and voucher program participants attending college this Fall can apply until May 16

February 2, 2018 11:28 AM

Press contacts:
Office of Communications – Chicago Housing Authority
Molly Sullivan: (312) 786-3344; msullivan@thecha.org
Matthew Aguilar: (312) 935-2646; maguilar@thecha.org

CHICAGO (Feb. 2, 2018) – CHA residents and participants of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program have three months to apply for one of more than 200 college scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.

The 2018 CHA Scholarship application period is now open through May 16, 2018.

In the four years since the CHA assumed oversight of its Scholarship Program, it has provided support to over 560 students totaling over $1 million in college scholarship support.

“This program has flourished over the past four years, and CHA students are the beneficiaries,” said CHA CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. “We encourage all students – whether pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees – to apply for this scholarship. It could make a difference in your college journey.”

Prospective applicants must be listed on a current CHA lease and plan to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution in the fall of 2018. Applicants can include current high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students continuing their studies, or adults seeking to start a post-secondary program in the fall. Scholarships cannot be applied to any past debt with your institution. Proof of enrollment will be required at the time of scholarship award.

CHA plans to award 220 scholarship awards; 200 at the $1,000 level and 20 awards at $2,500. A 2.0 GPA is required, with a 2.5 GPA or higher recommended for all applicants. If you have previously received an award through this program and will be continuing your studies this fall, you will need to reapply in order to receive sustained support.

Applications can be submitted online until May 16, 2018. All application materials (including transcripts, personal essays) must be received by the deadline of May 16; incomplete applications will not be considered and no exceptions will be made.

If you are enrolled or plan to enroll in one of the Chicago City Colleges, CHA has a separate partnership directly with City Colleges that will allow CHA residents to attend their colleges for little or no cost, after financial aid is applied. Due to this special agreement, CHA residents attending one of the City Colleges of Chicago are not eligible to receive the CHA Scholarship and need not apply. If you would like further information on CHA’s partnership with Chicago City Colleges, please visit http://thecha.org/partnersineducation

To learn more and apply for the CHA Scholarship, visit http://thecha.org/scholarship

For questions about the CHA Scholarship, please email education@thecha.org or call 312.786.3222.