SchoolHouse Connection Scholarship

The SchoolHouse Connection Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program

 [Deadline to apply: October 1, 2021, 11:59 PM PST]

  • 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.

Annual Amount

The Award
  • $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).
  • One on one support from SchoolHouse Connection staff to ensure that you are successful in getting to and through higher education.

Additional Selection Criteria

Who Should Apply?

  • 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.

Application Process

For application, go to:

2021 Scholarship Application

Due by midnight (PST) on October 1, 2021. Please provide the requested information and note that there are three required documents: a transcript, personal essay, and at least one letter of recommendation. Students who have not reached their 20th birthday by Oct. 1, 2021, and who are entering college for the first time in the fall of 2021 may apply (Students who have college credit through high school programs ARE eligible). Applicants may be high school seniors, students enrolled in a GED or other alternative education programs, or recent high school graduates/GED recipients. Undocumented students who meet these criteria are eligible.


October 1, 2021

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