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Scholarship Program Guidelines

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to forward to everyone the guidelines and application for the 2024 year. This year we will be awarding the following scholarships:

  • Five CCHRCO scholarships for $1,000 per year for one year.
  • One SERC scholarship for $1,000 per year for one year.
  • One SERC scholarship for $1,500 per year for one year.

This program is funded with help from:
Triangle Community Foundation Endowment Fund

Please be sure to read all the guidelines and instructions carefully and submit only complete applications. All supporting documents must be submitted with the application in order to be considered. Also, please do not forget your letter of sponsorship for the applicants.

Applications AND supporting documents must be received at the following address: Dawn Whitfield, Kinston Housing Authority, P. O. Box 697, Kinston, NC  28502.

No later than COB Tuesday, May 7, 2024. NO FAXED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please make sure you sign both signature pages.  (One for CCHRCO and one for submission with NAHRO if you qualify).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Dawn Whitfield at (252) 523-7291 or email Dawn Whitfield.



General Conditions

  1. In order to qualify for payment of the scholarship, the applicant must enroll in a one, two or more year course at a school of higher learning (college, university, trade school, nursing school, etc.) and the funds will be disbursed by that school. The funds may be used for tuition, books and/or room and board.

  2. In the event the winner is not accepted at the designated school, or an acceptable alternate, or does not remain in school to utilize the full scholarship or part thereof, it or the remaining portion will be offered to the first runner-up and succeed down the line.

General Requirements

  1. All required information shall be submitted in original with one (1) copy.

  2. All required information may be handwritten or typed.

  3. The following information material is required:

    1. Letter of character recommendation. Recommendations from the community or religious organization, employer or academic reference. Letters of recommendation may not come from family members.

    2. One letter from the sponsoring Housing Authority outlining their reasons for selecting the applicant to compete for a scholarship.

    3. An unofficial transcript from high school and/or the academic institution the applicant is currently attending.

    4. Acceptance Letter from college, university, attending.

    5. An essay containing a minimum of 750 and a maximum of 1,000 words to answer the following questions:  (1) Where do you see yourself in the next four years and how will this scholarship help you to achieve those goals?  (2) What are you doing now to achieve those goals?  If you have any unusual circumstances that you would like the scholarship committee to consider, please include them in your essay.

    6. One photograph of the applicant (suitable for publication) NO PHOTOCOPIES.

Scholarship Program Guidelines

  1. Purpose and Scope
    It is intended that these guidelines cover the operation of the Carolinas Council Scholarship program. It is through this program that the Carolinas Council shall make available scholarship funding for the purpose of supporting and fostering the educational pursuits of deserving residents of assisted housing being administered or managed by a Public Housing Authority. It is recognized that this endeavor directly supports the shared objective of enhancing the mobility and improvement of residents of assisted housing.

  2. Funding Amounts
    Annual funding for the Scholarship Program shall be established by the two scholarship committees through the Carolinas Council budget process. The Scholarship Committees shall seek additional and alternative sources of funding with the approval of the Executive Committee.

  3. State Eligibility
    Each dues paid Public Housing Authority shall be eligible for participation in the scholarship program provided the Public Housing Authority indicates its willingness to adhere to adopted program guidelines.

  4. Student Eligibility
    It is the intent of the Scholarship Program to serve publicly assisted housing residents through member Public Housing Authorities. An eligible recipient must be an immediate member of a family who has resided in publicly assisted housing for a minimum of one uninterrupted year. The recipient must have occupied the home during this period.

  5. Recipient Selection
    The following will be accomplished at a minimum by the Carolinas Council:

    1. Fully promote the availability of the program;

    2. Establish a system of administration which uses a group/individual designated as a state level scholarship committee,

    3. Judges candidates on the basis of academic achievement GPA of 2.5 or higher, extracurricular activities, need, and education/career goals;

    4. Does not discriminate in any way based on race, sex, age, or other factors not relevant to the basic program objectives.

  6. Funding Method, Reporting and Maintenance of Eligibility
    1. Carolinas Council funding shall be utilized to provide annual support for selected students.

    2. In order to maintain eligibility, a recipient must maintain a passing grade acceptable to the university, college, vocational/technical or business school in which the recipient is enrolled.

    3. Only recognized, accredited institutions of higher education may be utilized.

    4. It is suggested that Public Housing Authorities encourage candidates to apply for scholarships.

    5. Each Scholarship Committee shall submit a Request for Scholarship Funding to the Secretary/Treasurer of the Carolinas Council. This shall normally be approximately 60 days prior to the commencement of Fall classes. The Scholarship Committee shall provide in this request a certification that a direct payment program through a named institution is or will be put in place (such arrangements are easily established with student financial aid offices).

  7. Naming a Scholarship in Honor or Memory
    When a person is nominated to and approved by the Board of Directors to be honored by naming a scholarship for him or her that it is for a one year, one time scholarship and that it is from the state the nominee is from.  Any special presentation of this scholarship at the annual meeting will be coordinated on a case-by-case basis.

  8. Publicity
    Participating Public Housing Authorities shall agree to take appropriate steps to publicize the scholarship program at the local, state, and regional levels. Releases and progress reports should be provided to the SERCulator Magazine and the Corner Stone Magazine.

Requirements Checklist

  • Information Form
  • Unofficial Transcript or GED Certificate
  • Educational History
  • Acceptance Letter
  • Honors and Awards (Please list award and date e.g. (MM/YYYY)
  • Financial Requirement
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Essay
  • Certification Signature pages- CCHRCO & NAHRO
  • Photo of Applicant
  • PHA Membership Form - Completed by Housing Authority Staff
  • Check Eligibility- Recipient must be an immediate member of a family who has resided in publicly assisted housing for a minimum of one uninterrupted year. The recipient must have occupied the home during this period
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