March 12, 2012

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The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness Provides Scholarship to Homeless Students

MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) has announced their 4th annual scholarship fund for homeless or formerly homeless students. The scholarship fund was established to award students currently living in New Hampshire who have experienced homelessness during their school career, who have the desire to continue their education beyond high school, and who have demonstrated academic achievement. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2012.

The scholarship can be used to help defray the costs of college or post-secondary vocational training program tuition, fees, books, prep courses, or other educational expenses. Depending on the availability of funding, the NHCEH anticipates that $500 to $1,000 will be awarded.

“One of our best tools for battling youth homelessness is affordable access to quality education,” said Lynda Thistle Elliott, Ed.D, Director of Homeless Education for the NH Department of Education. “The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness’ Scholarship Fund makes post-secondary education a reality and provides a path out of homelessness for New Hampshire students.”

A committee representing educators, homeless providers and outreach workers, and other service agency providers will review the applications and make recommendations to the NHCEH Board of Directors, who will make the final selection and notify the recipient(s) of the award.

To apply, students must complete the application and follow the instructions. The application and instructions can be downloaded from the following link: Scholarship Application.


Donations for the scholarship fund have been largely provided by Goffstown High School’s National Honor Society, with additional donations being provided by New Hampshire Department of Education employees, Rochester School District, South Congregational Church of Concord, and private donors.

For more information about donating to this scholarship fund, please contact the NHCEH at [email protected] or 603-641-9441 extension 251.

The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, a division of Families in Transition, is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of eliminating the causes of homelessness through advocacy, education and community organizing. For more information about the NHCEH, visit www.nhceh.org or call 603-641-9441.