Hope Through Learning Award

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The Hope Through Learning Award is a $2,500 award available to youth age 24 and under residing in Allegheny County who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness during their school attendance years, and who are going on to a higher education or career training program for the first time. Homelessness is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence, and includes students living in a shelter, car, motel, doubled-up situation, or places not meant for human habitation. Recipients can use their award for tuition, school-related expenses such as books or a computer, or living expenses, such as transportation, child care, or housing.

How can I apply?

  1. Review the eligibility criteria:
    • Experiencing or has experienced homelessness during school attendance years. Homelessness is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence, and includes students living in a shelter, car, motel, doubled up situation, or places not meant for human habitation, or lacking permanent housing.
    • Currently residing in Allegheny County
    • 24 years of age or younger
    • Accepted into a post secondary education or career program (e.g. college, university, community college, business school, technical school, vocational school,
      career training, internship, apprenticeship) for the first time, and are scheduled to begin classes/training
      before the end of 2018.
    • High school graduate, GED recipient, or due to complete secondary education at the end of the 2017 18 school year
  2. Review the Application Requirements checklist and gather the necessary information.
  3. Complete the application either through the online form (coming soon) or download and print the Application Form.
  4. If using the online form, you can submit your application electronically. If using the printed application form, mail your completed application to (no staples please):
    • Krystle Morrison
      Homeless Children’s Education Fund
      One Hope Square
      1901 Centre Ave, Ste 301
      Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Applications for the 2017-18 cycle are due May 31st, 2018. Awardees will be determined in June 2018.

More assistance

Looking for more resources and tips?  Check out our resource page for higher education and career resources.

2017 awardees

  • A’nyah graduated from City Charter High School and was accepted to study criminal justice at Temple University. She would like to become a civil rights lawyer.
  • Amber graduated from Norton High School and was accepted to study criminal justice at Dodge City Community College. She would like to be a sex crimes detective.
  • Cassondra graduated from Gateway Senior High School and was accepted to Fisk University to study history and sociology. Her goal is to become a high school social studies teacher.
  • Landon graduated from Brashear High School and was accepted to study biology and pre-med at Chatham University, on the path to becoming a medical doctor.
  • Monet graduated from Brashear High School and was accepted to Carlow University to study business and art. She would like to start an art therapy nonprofit for teens experiencing homelessness.
  • Precious graduated from Brasher High School and was accepted to the pre-medical program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She is interested is bio-engineering and stem cell research.
  • Re’Onna graduated from City Charter High School and was accepted to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to study sociology and finance. She plans to pursue a juris doctorate degree and start a nonprofit serving single-parent families.
  • Tybre graduated from Westinghouse High School and was accepted to Point Park University to study sports management. He plans to pursue a career as a manager of professional athletes.

What Recipients Are Saying:

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For more information, contact HCEF’s Manager of Educational Services.



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