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. Please read the requirements of eligibility to apply.

The theme for this year’s essay submission is: How important is your family’s history, racial and ethnic background to you?

In the essay, please make sure to also cover the following questions:

  • Why do you feel that it is important?
  • How has your family history impacted your life?
  • Are you willing to share your family’s history with others? Why or why not?

Make sure to answer all of these questions in your essay and submit your application on time.

Applications are due on Monday, April 22, 2019.

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  • All checks are mailed directly and payable to the institution. The student’s identification number is on the check for proper crediting. If a student is not enrolled in school when the scholarship award is made, the institution will return the check to the DHA.

    Special Note: Community service with our office does not guarantee a scholarship award. DHA reserves the right to deny an individual a scholarship based on fund availability and criterion.


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    Use the space below to type or copy and paste your 500-word essay.