The SchoolHouse Connection
Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program

Helping You Get To and Through Higher Education

As a SchoolHouse Connection Scholar, You Receive:

$2,000 Scholarship Award

Flexible funds that can be used for anything related to your education.

All-Expenses-Paid Trip to a National Awards Ceremony

Meet SchoolHouse Connection staff and your fellow scholars for a 5-day fun-filled trip to celebrate your award.

All-Expenses-Paid Trip to Washington, DC

Join staff and your fellow scholars one year after receiving your award for a 5 day trip of advocacy opportunities and fun activities around the nation’s capital. 

One-on-One Support from SchoolHouse Connection Staff

Staff will provide you with academic, personal, and professional support throughout the time you are in college and as you enter the workforce.

Opportunities to Engage in State and Federal Policy Advocacy

A platform for you to share your story and expertise with changemakers around the country.

You are Eligible if:

  • You are Currently Residing in the United States (undocumented applicants are eligible) 
  • You were Born On or After October 15, 2002 
  • You Will Begin College (four year, community college, or trade school) for the first time in 2023 (not including dual-enrollment courses) 
  • You Experienced Homelessness in the Last Six Years 

How We Define Homelessness:

Homelessness is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This specifically includes individuals whose living situations fall into one of the categories below:

  • Temporarily Staying with Other People (Couch-Surfing/Doubled-Up) 
  • Staying in Emergency or Transitional Shelters
  • Staying in Motels, Campgrounds, Cars, Parks, Abandoned Buildings, Bus or Train Stations, or any Public or Private Place not Designed for Humans to Live in
  • Staying in Substandard Housing

Application Tips:

  • Make sure you answer all three of the essay prompts.
  • Ensure that a letter of recommendation is submitted by the application deadline.
  • Awardees are notified via phone and email. Check your voicemail the week of award notifications. Send an email to Jordyn Roark (Jordyn@SchoolHouseConnection.org) if your phone number or email changes.

Key Dates

June 1, 2022: Application Opens

October 15, 2022: Application Closes

January 9-13, 2023: Applicants Notified

Submit Your Application Today!

Click Here to Apply

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a current college student. Can I apply?

You are not eligible. Applicants must be beginning college for the first time in 2023 (not including dual-enrollment programs)

I am undocumented. Can I apply?

Yes, undocumented individiuals are eligible to apply. 

I am a high school junior. Can I apply?

You are not eligible. Applicants must be beginning college in 2023. You will be eligible in your senior year though! 

What is the definition of homelessness?

Homelessness is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This specifically includes individuals whose living situations fall into one of the categories below:

  • Temporarily Staying with Other People (Couch-Surfing/Doubled-Up) 
  • Staying in Emergency or Transitional Shelters
  • Staying in Motels, Campgrounds, Cars, Parks, Abandoned Buildings, Bus or Train Stations, or any Public or Private Place not Designed for Humans to Live in
  • Staying in Substandard Housing

Examples and Additional Information

Please contact Jordyn Roark if you have further questions.

Email Jordyn

Meet SHC’s Scholars

SHC 2022 Scholars Announced

It is our pleasure to announce SchoolHouse Connection’s 2022 scholar class: Narcizo, OR, Melody, GA, Daniela, TX, Jessica, MO, Juan, CA, Maya, HI, Alan, NC, Briley, GA, Lilly, MO, Conrad, LA, Dariel, FL.

SHC 2021 Scholars Announced

It is our pleasure to announce SchoolHouse Connection’s 2021 scholar class: Storm, AL, Precious, CA, Chandler, WA, Jordan, AK, Jahnee, FL, Hannah, OR, Eric, TX, Lexi, OR, Cire’, OH, Samantha, FL

SHC 2020 Scholars Announced

It is our pleasure to announce SchoolHouse Connection’s 2020 scholar class: Diego, ID, Cecelia, CA, Samantha, MO, Kayla, NC, Caitlin, TX, Ashley, AZ, Lanie, MO, Hayden, KY, Carlos, OK, Phoenix, MT.

SHC 2019 Scholars Announced

It is our pleasure to announce SchoolHouse Connection’s 2019 scholar class: Anthony, CA, Brandon, CA, Cheyenne, NC, Hailey, IN, Juan, AK, Jayson, NC, Tara, MD, Rebecca, FL, Star, WA, Syerra, CA

SHC 2018 Scholars Announced

It is our pleasure to announce SchoolHouse Connection’s 2018 scholar class: Joshua, WI, Jonathan, TX, Miguel, NC, Christine, NY, Destiny, CA, Stormy, MT, Aseret, IN, Daniel, WA, Lorinda, MO, Nikki, NC.

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