Thirteen students were awarded $25,000 in scholarships through the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Program to further their studies in health administration, Spanish and English literature, criminal justice, and more.
One scholarship recipient, Jada Cummings, learned about CESP from her Family Self-Sufficiency coordinator. While in the midst of working through the Homeownership Assistance Program, she mentioned she could use a little financial help to go back to school to get her doctorate in health administration to move up the ladder at her current place of employment working as a disease manager for D.C. Medicaid.
“It does help me not having to pay back so much money for student loans and taking out financial aid. It is a huge help,” Cummings said. “I am praying that I become a director of case management at my job…to work with people with chronic diseases and homelessness.”
The students were honored by DCHA at a virtual awards ceremony on August 27.
“DCHA is proud to serve our families, not only through housing, but also by investing in your future,” said Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “We are proud to support these individuals in achieving their academic and career goals. As they further their education, they can make a difference in their life, their family’s lives, and their community.”
The annual Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Program accepts applications from students who live at DCHA properties or are Housing Choice Voucher Program recipients. There is no age requirement; however applicants must be attending an accredited college, university, or trade/technical school in the fall and must have a 2.0 GPA or a 225 GED score.
Continuing education is something DCHA always encourages and the agency wants to support its customers who are working toward that goal. These scholarships, which are paid directly to learning institutions, can pay for books, tuition, equipment, or other items needed to assist our customers.
Awards ranged from $1,000 to $4,000 and went to schools such as Johnson and Wales University, George Mason University, Delaware State University and more.
Cummings said that since started working with DCHA programs about 10 years ago, she has earned several certifications, an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree. Her daughter recently graduated from DCHA’s STEM program and enjoys the book giveaways.
“I try to take advantage of all of the resources DCHA has,” Cummings said. “My daughter and I are forever grateful.”