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 Subsidized Housing resident. (contact us to verify status if you are unsure)
  • A graduating high school senior, Diploma/GED/HiSET 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, trade school, technical school, college, or university for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • 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. Provide the financial award package from your selected academic institution. If awaiting the award package, complete the financial information page.
  4. Submit a one to two page typed essay on one or more of the following:
    • What is the importance of higher education to you and/or what motivates you to succeed in school?
    • What are your challenges to succeeding in higher education?
    • Should you receive an award, how will you use the funds to meet those challenges?
    • Should your financial needs not be met, what will you do?
  5. 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 adviser, 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 volunteerism or community engagement at school or within the community on organizational letterhead if possible.
  6. Unofficial 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 student, in full, at the start of the fall semester.