The EEqual Scholarship Awards Program stands as a beacon of hope for young individuals in the United States who are grappling with homelessness, housing instability, or extreme poverty. This scholarship, with a maximum value of $8,000, is a testament to the commitment of EEqual to recognize and nurture the incredible potential within these students. Beyond financial support, selected scholars will benefit from mentorship throughout their higher education journey.
All applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered eligible for the EEqual Scholarship:
• Applicant is a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) who is at least 16 years of age and no older than 23 years of age as of the last day of the Program Period located in the United States or D.C.
• Citizenship is not a determining factor in your eligibility for this scholarship.
• Applicants must be on-track to apply for or enrolled in an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational program (including accredited two-and four-year colleges, universities, vocational-technical and trade schools).
• Applicants must have a 2.0 Unweighted GPA or higher to be eligible for this scholarship.
• Applicant may be required to complete an interview as part of the application process.
• Applicants must be in their last year of high school or have already graduated and at least 16 years of age
• Applicant must complete the application in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
• Applicant must be willing to work with the EEqual leadership team and selection committee throughout the application and award process.
• Applicant has not previously received the EEqual Scholarship. If you are a current scholarship recipient looking for the renewal of your scholarship, please reach out to your peer mentor.
• Applicant understands that funds will be dispersed directly to their institution of higher education. In addition, the applicant understands the funds may only be used for qualified educational expenses (which can include tuition, required fees, books, and course-specific supplies).
• Applicant must have financial need OR has been verified as a McKinney-Vento student by a MV School District Homeless Education Liaison in their public school district, a student experiencing poverty or homelessness, or part of a family in transition. Parameters on homeless status are defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program (see below).
According to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program, a person is considered to be experiencing homelessness if they “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.” This includes people living in shelters, cars, motels/hotels, campgrounds, or places not meant for human habitation. The definition includes children and youth who are living with friends or relatives temporarily (doubled-up or sharing the housing of others) because they lack permanent housing due to economic hardship.