Portland Housing Authority Scholarship

The PHA Scholarship is open to residents of Portland Housing Authority Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher holders and their family members. 

Funding for the scholarship is provided by annual contributions from the Portland Housing Service Corporation as well as grants, donations, and commitments from foundations and private donors. 

The PHA Scholarship is due May 15th each year. 

Contact Resident Services if you have any questions or would like a copy of the application mailed to you. 
2015 PHA Scholarship awardees and the selection committee members


  • A current, legal, Portland Housing Authority public housing or Section 8 voucher resident.
  • A graduating high school senior, Diploma or GED recipient, or already attending an institution of higher education.
  • Awaiting acceptance into or has been accepted for admission to an accredited post-secondary vocational school, college, or university for the fall semester.
  • Can demonstrate financial need in order to attend such an institution.
  • Has demonstrated community leadership through volunteer work or involvement at school or in the community

Application Process

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Provide verification of acceptance or enrollment to your academic institution (if you are pending acceptance, we can accept this after May 15th).
  3. Submit a one to two page typed essay on one or more of the following:
    • The effect subsidized/affordable housing has had on your life and the life of your family.
    • Your personal goals including the reasons you want to continue your education.
    • What it means to be a responsible citizen.
    • Describe what education means to your future.
  4. Two letters of recommendation in sealed and signed envelopes or sent directly to the committee by the reference:
    • Academic reference form completed by a Teacher, Guidance Counselor, or Academic Adviser.
      • If a recommendation from an academic advisor, teacher or counselor is impossible to obtain, contact Emily Mancini-Fitch or see page 7 of the application for more information on recommendation letters. 
    • Personal reference from a non-relative confirming participation and/or volunteer involvement either at school or within the community on organizational letterhead.
  5. Transcript of grades from high school or academic institution presently attending.
    • If transcripts are impossible to obtain, contact Emily Mancini-Fitch or see page 7 of the application for more information on transcripts. 


The number of awards and amount shall be determined by the Scholarship Committee and limited to the amount of funds available for distribution. Annual awards shall not exceed $2500.00 to any one recipient. Awards will be paid directly to the academic institution, in full, at the start of the fall semester.