HACA has money for your education

The cost of furthering your education can seem overwhelming. Paying to attend college or a trade school is not as difficult as you may think. There are many resources available. The key is to plan ahead.

Scholarships are exclusively for public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) residents.

The Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Board of Commissioners established the HACA Resident Scholarship in 2001 for the benefit of all HACA Public Housing Residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants planning to attend an higher education institution. The scholarship was renamed as the Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship in 2015.

View the HACA Austin Pathways Scholarship application.

The scholarship serves as a vehicle of hope to individuals who have a desire to further their education but lack the adequate financial means to accomplish this goal. The scholarship is designed to inspire these individuals to work toward becoming independent and economically self-sufficient members of the community.


Applicants for a scholarship must be:

  • A current HACA public housing resident or Housing Choice Voucher participant.
  • A graduating high school senior or already have a high school diploma/GED.
  • Currently attending or planning to attend a college, university, technical school or other post-secondary school.
  • Note: If you are currently attending or attended a post-secondary school previously, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater (transfer credits are not considered in this GPA).

    Note: Individuals who qualify can apply for both the resident and family scholarships (available for children of employees only) but will only be awarded one scholarship if selected.

    2017 Scholarships & Deadlines

    Scholarships are exclusively for residents of HACA public housing or the Housing Choice Voucher program.

    Public Housing Authorities Directors Association Scholarship

    In order to encourage excellence and community responsibility among high school students, the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) has implemented a scholarship program for graduating seniors who are preparing to enter college. PHADA will award three scholarships to deserving youth currently residing in aPHADA member agency.

    Download the PHADA Scholarship Program Award Packet (PDF) for details.

    Applications are due to PHADA by January 27, 2017. All documents must be typed in English. No handwritten applications will be accepted. Mail all required materials to:

    PHADA Scholarship Committee
    511 Capitol Court, NE
    Washington, DC 20002-4937

    2017 TXNAHRO Scholarship

    TXNAHRO provides scholarships each year to deserving high school seniors, graduating in the Spring following the application deadline on January 31, 2017, and who are currently living with their families as Public Housing or Section 8 program residents. (Click here to apply)

    Available scholarships are one (1), $2,500 Jim Hargrove Schlolarship, and eight (8) $1,000 scholarships.

    Applicants for TXNAHRO Scholarships must:

    1. Be a resident of public housing or a participant in the Section 8 program in which you are living.

    2. Be a graduating high school senior. (You can not have graduated in the previous year or be in college already for this scholarship. It is intended to help high school seniors get started immediately in college).

    3. Demonstrate exceptional school attendance.

    4. Demonstrate high academic achievement.

    5. Demonstrate leadership and/or high level of motivation.

    6. Be a resident of a Housing Authority/ or Community Development (CD) agency that is a member of TXNAHRO.

    Applicants are required to submit the following items:

    Southwest NAHRO Scholarship

    These scholarships have been established by the membership of Southwest NAHRO to provide the opportunity for students associated with public assisted housing to take advantage of post high school educational opportunities that otherwise may not be possible. Any unused portion of a scholarship may, at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, be awarded a student exhibiting outstanding accomplishment. Application deadline: February 17, 2017 (Click here to download more information)

    Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship

    The Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship is funded by the Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation, a HACA subsidiary. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis, and the award amount varies from year to year, depending on the availability of funds. Application deadline: March 10, 2017 (Click here to download the application packet)

    Other Scholarship Opportunities:

    Student Financial Aid Search Engine: Find & Apply for Financial Aid to Pay for College

    Scholarships to Help International Students Afford U.S. Colleges

    “No Essay” College Scholarship

    United Negro College Fund Scholarships

    Scholarship America Scholarships

    GoodCall Scholarship Engine

    ** The date and submission address on the online application may be different because these applications require certification from HACA to be valid.**