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Several scholarship programs are available to help people receiving housing assistance from Seattle Housing Authority. Scholarship funds may be used for vocational or technical schools, two-year colleges or four-year colleges, depending on the program.

Additionally, the Seattle Housing Authority strongly encourages 7th and 8th graders to sign up for the College Bound Scholarship.

Dream Big! Scholarship
The Dream Big! Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 by the Seattle Housing Authority Higher Education Project to provide scholarship support for qualified students living in SHA subsidized housing. Scholarships awarded are for $1,000 each, paid directly to the recipient's school for tuition, books and fees. A minimum of two scholarships will be awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Application deadline: Monday, April 26th, 2022
Eligibility (applicants must meet all of the criteria below):
  • Living in Seattle in Seattle Housing Authority subsidized housing.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from most recent school attended (high school or college).
  • Age 21 or under by April 26th, 2022.
  • Will have graduated from high school or obtained a GED by September 1, 2022.
  • Plan to attend a post-secondary school full-time during the academic year. Post-secondary is defined as community college, technical or vocational school or four-year institution of higher education.
Scholarship selection process:
Scholarship recipients are selected by a Seattle Housing Authority Higher Education Project Committee. 
How to apply:
Applicants must submit the following application materials:
  • 2022 Dream Big! Scholarship
  • Personal statement or project.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Most up-to-date transcript from current school (if in college, include high school transcript).
Email Ariel Davis at
2022 NAHRO Merit College Scholarship

In 2017, The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials established the NAHRO Merit College Scholarship Program. Eight scholarships are awarded nationwide to candidates, one from each NAHRO region, who are pursuing a post-secondary degree. The scholarships will be judged by the NAHRO Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of Housing America Task Force members who accept and review the scholarship applications.

The eight regional scholarship winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. From the eight regional recipients, a first- and a second-place winner chosen by the NAHRO Scholarship Committee will receive an additional $5,000 and $2,000 award, respectively. Each region will submit an application of their choice from their own scholarship program. The winning applicant from the PNRC region will win an additional $500 scholarship on behalf of the region, with the opportunity to reapply for the scholarship from year to year for up to four (4) years.

Deadline: June 12, 2022

2022 NAHRO Merit College Scholarship Application

Questions? Email

 All applications for the PNRC and national NAHRO scholarships with their supporting
documentation must be received no later than June 12, 2022 to: PNRC Service
Office at with the subject: 2022 Pacific Northwest Regional Scholarship

NAHMA Scholarship
The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) provides multiple $2,500 scholarships to SHA public housing residents and SHA Housing Choice Voucher holders. 
Applicants must be living in SHA housing or renting with an SHA Housing Choice Voucher and be high school seniors, high school graduates or adults holding a high school diploma or GED and must be pursuing higher education at an accredited college, university, community college, trade/professional school or institute.
How to apply:
Applicants must complete an online application form and provide two references, an essay and a certification of residency in good standing form. A current grade transcript is also necessary. Visit National Affordable Housing Management Association website for more information.
If you have questions about the application process:
Contact Dr. Bruce W. Johnson, NAHMA scholarship program administrator, at or call 215.262.4230.
Please note that this scholarship is awarded by NAHMA and not Seattle Housing Authority.
College Bound Scholarship - 7th and 8th graders

Sign up in 7th or 8th grade and get full college tuition paid

The College Bound Scholarship supports low-income youth in Washington State through an early commitment of financial aid for students whose families might not consider college because of the cost.
The scholarship is a state-funded program administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council. The scholarship will cover tuition for up to four years at a Washington public or private university or a community, technical or private career college. It also covers some fees and a small book allowance.
Eligibility (Students in the 7th or 8th grade meet one or more of the following requirements):

In order to be eligible, students must sign up by June 30 of the student's 8th grade year. Students only need to apply once.

In order to receive the scholarship, the student must pledge to and achieve this:
There are several ways to apply:
Do you have questions? You can call or email the following:
HAI Scholarship
The Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAI Group) provides scholarships to eligible housing authority residents nationwide. In 2019, HAI Group will award 20 scholarships of $6,000 each to public housing residents.
  • Must be a public housing, Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), or affordable housing resident for at least the previous six months.
  • Will attend a technical school, community college or four-year college/university full time in 2020-21.
  • Must be a US citizen.
How to apply:
The deadline for the 2019-2020 scholarship has passed. Check the HAI website for updates on the 2020-2021 application process.
The entry process is simple; fill out the entry form, completely answer the questions and upload all required documents to be entered into a drawing for a chance to be awarded a $6,000 scholarship. Limit one entry per resident, per year. For more information and to apply, visit HAI's Resident Scholarship website.
If you have questions about the application process:
Please note that this scholarship is awarded by HAI Group and not Seattle Housing Authority.
Financial aid for college or training

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step students can take to invest in their future. The FAFSA can help students access money to pay for school in the form of grants, scholarships and loans.

To get started:

1. Create a federal student aid ID at fsaid.ed.govApplicants will need their Social Security number.

2. Use your student aid ID to login and complete your FAFSA at Applicants will need information about their own or family money earned in the prior year.

Six facts about federal student aid:

1. Around 20 million students complete the FAFSA each year. No matter household income, the FAFSA is the first step to receiving help paying for college. Federal aid options include Pell Grants, loans and work study.

2. There is no deadline to complete the FAFSA but those who complete the FAFSA earlier often receive more aid because some sources are first-come first-serve.

3. Good grades are not a requirement. GPA is not used to determine qualification.

4. People at any age can complete the FAFSA. Applicants do not need to be a high school senior or recent high school graduate.

5. Federal aid can be used for many types of education. There are all kinds of options for continuing education, and federal aid is accepted at most places. Applicants should complete the FAFSA, even if they don't know yet where they want to go to school. Schools will use FAFSA information to determine aid packages.

6. FAFSA is free to complete. Beware of anyone trying to charge a fee for completing the FAFSA.

Start your application today at

Have a question? Call 1.800.4FED.AID (433.3243) or call or text Ariel Davis , Education Engagement Specialist, at 206.475.7026 or email