The Opportunity Rising Foundation offers four types of scholarships for people who live in DHA supported housing.

Each scholarship supports a specific stage of one’s educational path. Whether you are preparing to enter college, are a returning college student, or are working to secure your GED, there is a scholarship for you. If you meet the criteria of one of the scholarships below, we hope that you will apply!

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    Qualified students may apply for scholarships here. There is an online version of the application you may submit digitally in English. If you prefer to print the application and mail/scan it instead, there are PDF versions of the applications available for you.

    Opportunity Rising Scholarship

    The Opportunity Rising Scholarship is for current high school and General Education Development (GED) students who are under 19 years of age and are enrolling in an institution of higher learning for the Fall Semester of the upcoming school year.

    • Read Requirements

      Eligibility requirements are:

      • Student must reside in DHA supported housing
      • Becoming a graduate with a high school diploma or GED
      • Enrolling in an institution of higher learning for the Fall Semester of the upcoming school year
      • Must complete this application in its entirety

       

      To apply for this scholarship, students submit the following:

      • Completed scholarship packet
      • Email one recommendation letter (letters can be from an employer, community representative, or school official)
      • Email a copy of GPA, SAT, and ACT scores
      • Email a photograph (headshot only)
      • Complete the “Let’s Talk About You” section
      • Submit a 500-word typed essay (not to exceed 550 words) 

       

      Each essay will be judged on:

      • Quality of content
      • Ability to captivate the reader
      • Originality
      • Correct grammar usage (punctuation and spelling)
      • Overall presentation

       

      Deadline: May 28, 2021 at 11:59pm

    Application Download (English)

    The Ascend Scholarship

    The Ascend Scholarship is for a returning college student preparing to enter his/her second year in an institution of higher learning with no lapses in semester to help offset some of the cost of the student’s education.

    • Read Requirements

      Ascend eligibility requirements are:

      • Student must reside in DHA supported housing
      • Student must be preparing to enter his/her second year in an institution of higher learning
      • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
      • Complete eight (8) hours of Community Service with an agency of applicant’s choice
      • Must complete this application

       

      To apply for this scholarship, students submit the following:

      • Completed scholarship packet
      • Proof of registration
      • An official transcript
      • Proof of Community Service (documented on agency letterhead with
        contact name and number)
      • Address & telephone number of the institution of higher learning
      • Address & telephone number of the department that the scholarship will
        be disbursed
      • Student’s address & telephone number on campus
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Complete the “Let’s Talk About You” section
      • A typed 500-word essay (no longer than 550 words)

       

      Essay Theme: The Pros and Cons of a Virtual College Education.

      Please include answers to the following questions in your essay:

      1. What could have made your learning experience better?
      2. What could you have done differently?
      3. What has this learning experience taught you about yourself?

       

      Each Essay will be judged on:

      • Quality of content
      • Ability to captivate the reader
      • Originality
      • Correct grammar usage (punctuation and spelling)
      • Overall presentation

       

      Deadline: October 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Application Download (English)

    The Summit Scholarship

    The Summit Scholarship Award is for college students who are returning to school after a separation of at least two years, to help off-set some of the cost of the student’s education.

    • Read Requirements

      Summit eligibility requirements are:

      • Student must reside in DHA supported housing
      • Student must attend a two (2) hour “Getting Started Again” workshop
      • Student must apply for financial aid
      • Student must show proof of paid application/registration fee
      • Must complete this application

       

      To apply for this scholarship, students submit the following:

      • Proof of registration (i.e. class schedule, fee receipt or letter from institution)
      • Address & telephone number of the institution of higher learning
      • Student’s address & telephone number on campus
      • Submit a typed 300-word essay on: “Why It is Important for Me to Pursue a Higher Education” (no longer than 500 words)

       

      Each Essay will be judged on:

      • Quality of content
      • Ability to captivate the reader
      • Originality
      • Correct grammar usage (punctuation and spelling)
      • Overall presentation
    Application Download (English) Download (Español) Download (Tiếng Việt)

    The Aspire Scholarship

    The Aspire Scholarship is for students who are enrolled in a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program and need support to successfully complete the test to secure their GED.

    • Read Requirements

      Aspire eligibility requirements are:

      • Student must reside in DHA supported housing
      • Has successfully attended a GED preparation class
      • Is certified by their GED course teacher that they are ready for the test
      • Must complete this application

       

      To apply for this scholarship, students submit the following:

      • Proof of school registration (i.e., class schedule, fee receipts)
      • GED class teacher contact information
    Application Download (English) Download (Español) Download (Tiếng Việt)