Hope Through Learning Award

The Hope Through Learning Award is a $2,500 scholarship available to youth age 24 and under residing in Allegheny County who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness during their school attendance years, and who are going on to a higher education or career training program for the first time. Homelessness is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes students living in a shelter, car, motel, doubled-up situation, or places not meant for human habitation. Eligibility:-Experiencing or has experienced homelessness during school attendance years. Homelessness is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes students living in a shelter, car, motel, doubled-up living situation, places not meant for human habitation, or lacking permanent housing.-Currently residing in Allegheny County-24 years of age or younger-Accepted into a post-secondary education or career program (e.g. college, university, community college, business school, technical school, vocational school, career training, internship, apprenticeship) for the first time, and are scheduled to begin classes/training before the end of the current year -High school graduate or GED recipient, or due to complete secondary education at the end of the school yearEssay (one to two pages)Please respond to each item:-Describe your experience with homelessness-How has your experience with homelessness affected your education? How have you overcome the challenges of housing instability to succeed in school?-What do you think should be done (or what would you do) to increase awareness or address the issue of student homelessness?For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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Award Amount: $2,500
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes