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NHF College Scholarships

2023 marked our 25th Anniversary, with our largest scholarship class in history

Since its creation in 1998, the Norwalk Housing Foundation has awarded over $3.4 million in scholarship assistance to students attending 2-year, 4-year, technical and graduate schools.

2023-24 -- Largest Ever

  • 51 scholarship recipients
  • More than $305,000 in assistance
  • Awards ranging from $500 to $15,000
  • Almost all of our recipients self-identify as African American or Hispanic
  • Past recipients have graduated from Norwalk Community College, all Connecticut State Universities, American University (DC), Fairfield University, Richmond: The American University (London), Rochester Institute of Technology, Sacred Heart University, UCONN, Rochester Institute of Technology, Quinnipiac, and other prestigious universities

  • Largest public housing authority college scholarship program in New England
  • Recognized by Harvard University's Ash Center in its 2015 Top 25 Innovations in American Government Awards

  • Past winner of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' (NAHRO) National Award of Excellence.

One of the most innovative aspects of the NHF Scholarship Program is its relationship to what's become a larger project, the overall Norwalk Housing (NH) educational model that supports the entire Norwalk Housing (NH) Community and continues to grow a culture of literacy and academic pride. The model broadly includes four overlapping and related spheres:

  • Educational Opportunity - the scholarship program provides funding for post-secondary education and is the culmination of the work achieved in the three following spheres below:

  • Engagement - NH free Learning Centers and early childhood programs promote education and provide support to younger children and families in line with Connecticut's Two-Generational Model and Framework in Poverty Reduction. 

  • Encouragement - support and reinforcement towards regular school attendance, grade improvement, identification of talents and personalizing higher education goals.

  • Outreach - NH encourages scholarship recipients to visit the Learning Centers and to encourage and help up-and-coming students, acting as ambassadors, role models, and mentors for the community-at-large and younger students

Completing the Circle -  "Family Pizza Nights" are held for parents and children to ask questions about college of current college students and graduates of the NHF College Program and feel that they, too, can achieve a college education.