Educational Opportunities

EDUCATION INVESTMENT FOUNDATION

The Education Investment Foundation (EIF) is committed to the development of educational opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty among students who reside in the subsidized properties of the Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers Programs. The EIF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) affiliate of SAHA, dedicated to helping youth who reside in public housing or HCV properties attain self-sufficiency through educational opportunities.

EIF Scholarship

EIF SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: July 10, 2020

The rising cost of higher education makes it challenging for many people to attend college. That’s why EIF provides up to $1,500-a-year renewable scholarships to students who have shown strong academic, social and extracurricular success.

Previously awarded EIF Scholarship students are eligible to apply as renewal applicants for a maximum of five years. Students who have a break (non-consecutive years) in renewal may be considered for funding. Special situations will be reviewed by the scholarship committee on a case-by-case basis. Renewal applicants are responsible for renewing their scholarship every year.

 

New Application

Renewal Application

Direct Deposit Form

CONTACT

EIF Coordinator
210.477.6031
foundation@saha.org


 

ELIGIBILITY

All criteria are weighed equally and final selection is made as determined  by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

  • Must be a resident of SAHA programs (Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing or Beacon Communities) at time of application (verified on lease)
  • Must be a graduating high school senior or renewal applicant (previously awarded EIF Scholarship, not exceeding five years)
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 hours of undergraduate coursework or  nine hours of graduate coursework)
  • Must have a minimum of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 GPA scale as follows:

GPA

FALL SPRING TOTAL

4.0 – 3.5

$750 $750

$1,500

3.49 – 3.0

$625 $625

$1,250

2.99 – 2.5

$500 $500 $1,000
2.49 – 2.0 $375 $375

$750

 

REQUIREMENTS

High school senior or first-time college student.

  • Completed scholarship application
  • New Applicant ONLY: Certified high school transcript (Minimum of first semester of senior year accepted)
  • Renewal Applicant ONLY: Copy of transcript with updated GPA (Unofficial transcript accepted)
  • Submit registered courses in the Fall or schedule of full-time classes
  • Letter from Community Service Supervisor | Minimum of five hours within the last six months (With name, title, email and phone number)
  • Two letters of recommendation* (With name, title, email and phone number)
  • New Applicant ONLY: Two references* (With name, title, email and phone number that are different from recommendations
  • 500 word scholarship entrance essay (Typed with your name at the top of the page)
  • Bank Account (SAHA direct deposit form and copy of voided check or bank letter with the bank’s letterhead verifying the account with your name, full account number, account type and routing number.)

 

*Examples: Teacher, supervisor, counselor or community member

 

GUIDELINES
  • All applications, including new and renewals, must be fully completed
  • Scholarship award is up to $1,500 per school year based on GPA
  • Scholarships can be renewed for up to five (5) years
  • Scholarship is a no use restrictions award
  • Must attend the virtual Annual Education Summit in August 2020. This is mandatory for all scholarship recipients
  • All applications will be evaluated by the Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) at their discretion
  • Submission of an application in no way guarantees that a scholarship will be awarded
  • Applicant is responsible to update any changes on bank account or contact information with the coordinator
  • Upon being accepted to the EIF Scholarship Program, recipients must adhere to all program rules or will face possible termination in award funds (See Grievance Process)
  • Scholar must attend Scholarship Completion Appointment on July 27, 2020

 

TIMELINE
  • July 10 | Application submission deadline
  • July 21–24 | Scholarship Review Committee will nominate final recipients. Award letters and information about virtual ceremony will be emailed.
  • July 27 | Professional photo day for all scholarship students and scholarship completion appointment (subject to change)
  • August 1 | Mandatory virtual scholarship award ceremony
  • August | Fall disbursement (first half) awarded by direct deposit
  • December – January | Spring disbursement (second half) awarded by direct deposit

 

OPTIONAL DEFERMENT
  • Deferment is used when a student is not enrolled at a university for the fall/spring semester of the 2020/2021 school year in which a scholarship is offered. Scholarship deferments are only available for students who are currently eligible and meet all EIF scholarship requirements
  • Scholarship disbursement will be held until recipient provides proof of full-time registration from a institution of higher education prior to disbursement of award

 

OTHER

SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE (SSC)
Members of the SSC are selected to serve by the EIF coordinator, and represent the major operating departments of the organization. The SSC will consist of a minimum of one employee from SAHA’s Finance Department and one from the Community Development Initiatives Department. The SSC will screen and review all scholarship requests. Applications meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will be considered.

GRIEVANCE PROCESS
Grievances must be presented to the SSC within 15 calendar days after notification of denial or change of the scholarship. The scholarship committee will review each case on its own merits and respond to the applicant in 15 calendar days from receipt of the grievance. Decisions by the scholarship committee are final. Send grievances to foundation@saha.org

RECORD KEEPING
Individual files will be kept on each scholarship recipient and will contain all information received for the applicant to include scholarship applications, essays, transcripts and a record of scholarships awarded. Records will be maintained per SAHA’s retention of records procedures for three years after the final scholarship application is awarded.

SPRING DISBURSEMENT
Second half of the scholarship is disbursed upon receipt of an unofficial transcript and copy of full-time courses at the institution with the student’s full name showing on the document. No handwritten or ineligible documents will be accepted.

DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS
Scholarships are awarded in two disbursements in the Fall and Spring

  • Disbursements are awarded to the semester in which the applicant is enrolled full-time (Example: If you graduate in December and your GPA is 3.7, you would only receive $750)
  • Attending the Annual Education Summit and Awards Ceremony is mandatory. Not attending will delay your disbursement 8–10 weeks.
  • Varies upon receipt of your SAHA direct deposit form and bank letter
  • Disbursements are awarded through direct deposit only (No checks)
  • Must provide proof of full-time registration from a institution of higher education prior to disbursement of award

Passion for Life Scholarship

JOSHUA LONGORIA “PASSION FOR LIFE” MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: July 10, 2020
Receive an additional $500 as a new applicant or a renewal graduating from a university.

The Joshua Longoria Passion for Life Memorial Scholarship is open to students striving to seek the truest desire to serve others with conviction and compassion. In establishing this scholarship, Joshua’s mother and SAHA employee, Laura Longoria, and her family, wish to recognize students that are dedicated to continuing their education, and achieve a career goal that Joshua was unable to complete due to his shortened life. When Joshua was diagnosed with melanoma cancer, it quickly spread to his bones. Daily tasks such as getting out of bed became too difficult, and he was unable to work. Despite his condition, his cancer never hardened his heart. Joshua was touched by incredible people in all career fields he met in his life. It gave him a passion for life with a focus on being the best son, brother, nephew, grandson, friend, boyfriend, cousin, patient and positive acquaintance to all who met him. Joshua lived in a way that made his entire family see the incredible young adult he was and the remarkable man he would have been.

Memorial scholarship is a one-time award.


 

ELIGIBILITY
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • New applicants or renewal applicants graduating from a university in final semester within that application year
To Apply
  • Must submit all requirements from EIF Scholarship
  • Must follow EIF Scholarship Program guidelines
  • Submit 500-word Passion for Life Essay located in EIF Scholarship Application

REACH AWARD

REACH Award

Deadline: July 10, 2020

Rewarding Educational Achievement, Cultivating Hope (REACH) Awards are granted to students who reside with families participating in SAHA Federal Housing Programs.

These Awards help set the foundation for early success by rewarding children up to $50. They will be given to students who are SAHA Public Housing Residents or who are a part of the HCV Program and who have demonstrated the following:

Because the school year was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, EIF will award students for Perfect Attendance and/or Honor Roll for only the fall semester of the school year.

A savings or checking account in the student’s name is required.

Application Direct Deposit Form


 

Requirements
  • Student must attend the Education Summit and have a bank account to receive the REACH Award
  • Must open a bank account in child’s name
  • Fill out a W-9 form under the student’s name
  • Must be a resident of San Antonio Housing Authority programs (Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Beacon Communities)
  • Enrolled in Elementary, Middle, or High School (grades K–12)
  • Has Perfect Attendance and/or achieved Honor Roll (reviewed based on Fall semesters)
  • Submit completed application
  • Attach a copy of the last report card of the school year
  • REACH Award applicants must re-submit direct deposit forms every year
Award Scale (Revised due to COVID-19, Fall Semester Only)

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

A Honor Roll A/B Honor Roll B Honor Roll

$25
(Maximum $25)

$25
(Maximum $25)
$15
(Maximum $15)

$10
(Maximum $10)

Timeline
  • July 10 | Priority Deadline (Report card + application form)
  • July 10 | Deadline for accepting all materials (W9 and bank account documents)
  • Week of July 13 | REACH Review Committee will nominate final recipients. Award letters and information about virtual ceremony will be emailed.
  • August 1 | Mandatory virtual scholarship award ceremony
  • September – November | Award will be deposited to student bank account