PhillySEEDS Scholarship Program Awards Over a Million Dollars to Residents

(Philadelphia, PA - July 21, 2016)

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PhillySEEDS, Inc., a Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) subsidiary,  honored 62 PHA residents seeking higher education with $256,000 in scholarships. The scholarship total represents a $37,000 increase from this same time a year ago. The awards were handed out during the agency's monthly board meeting. Shown here are winners of the $5,000 awards with PHA President/CEO Kelvin Jeremiah (top left, back row). A total of 41 residents  with GPAs between 3.30 and 4.00 received the awards though not all of them could make the ceremony.

PhillySEEDS, Inc., a Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) subsidiary, has honored 62 PHA residents seeking higher education with $256,000 in scholarships.  The awards were handed out today during the agency's monthly board meeting.  The scholarship total represents a $37,000 increase from a year ago.

Of the 62 college students receiving scholarships:
• 41 with GPAs between 3.30 and 4.00 received $5,000
• 15 with GPAs between 3.00 and 3.29 received $3,000
• 6 with GPAs between 2.50 and 2.99 received $1,000

"Through the scholarship program, PHA empowers residents and helps families reach self-sufficiency by allowing them to access education and training resources necessary for them to succeed in a competitive economy and in life," said PHA President & CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah.  "I congratulate our scholars on their academic achievement and wish them continued success in the new school year." 

A total of $835,000 has now been awarded to 206 residents since the award-winning program began in 2013.  Money for the scholarships comes from PHA's operating budget and funds donated by program supporters and vendors as part of their Section 3 commitments.

A scholarship committee composed of PHA employees, student residents, and a resident leader reviewed the applications. The applicants' essays, community service, extracurricular activities, internships, recommendation letters, and academic transcripts were considered by the committee.

The scholarship recipients represent PHA developments around the City, as well as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Scholarships applications for next year will be made available in Spring 2017.

PhillySEEDS, Inc. is an award-winning, 501(c) (3), charitable, non-profit corporation founded by PHA to promote the social and economic advancement of PHA-assisted residents through philanthropic activities, community-based partnerships, and special initiatives.