Scholarship for Public Housing Residents

Established in 2005, The NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program annually awards $1,000 scholarships to qualifying public housing residents who are enrolled full-time at senior and community colleges of The City University of New York (CUNY).


The NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program encourages residents to attend and

remain in college by providing vital financial assistance that can be used to defray college-related expenses.


Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be an authorized NYCHA resident
  •  Be a sophomore, junior or senior student enrolled full-time in a CUNY Associate or Baccalaureate degree program
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Submit a 500-word autobiographical essay


Application Process

Application packages will be available at NYCHA Property Management Offices and

Community Centers for download upon request. The application packages can also be downloaded from NYCHA’s website: Completed applications can be submitted to NYCHA by email ( or postal mail to NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program at:

Attn: Tischelle George / Office of REES

New York City Housing Authority

787 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11238


Applications must be received by June 30, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  If you have questions or need assistance, contact NYCHA’s Resident Scholarship Program Manager at 718-218-1513 or via email at


Documentation Requirements

All participants are required to submit the following as part of the application package:

  • College transcript – (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
  • Resume of work experience and community service
  • 500-word autobiographical essay: (typed, double-spaced – please include your name in the header and number all pages)
  • Essay Question:
    • NYCHA and CUNY, as public institutions, are committed to helping low-income New Yorkers realize their full potential through higher education. As a member of both communities, we invite you to write an essay that describes how being a resident of public housing AND attending a CUNY college is helping you to achieve your professional goals. Your essay should not exceed 500 words.


Notification and Awards

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in the summer of 2015, and scholarships will be awarded In September, 2015.



Please visit the link above for the application form, and feel free to contact Dr. Moira Egan at or (718 997-2863 if you would like feedback on your essay.




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