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Twenty students received a total of $42,000 in grants this month from the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Program—the most recipients and largest amount raised since the program’s inception in 2002.

Each scholarship, either $5,000, $2,500, or $1,000, was accepted by the student or a parent at the first awards luncheon held on August 16 at Washington Court Hotel.

“I want you to understand the sky is the limit. You will achieve your success,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett.  “There is nothing in this world you can’t accomplish.”

Garrett encouraged the students to continue learning and reaching for their fullest potential. The staff at DCHA is working with the principles of integrity, responsibility, and accountability and that they should incorporate those principles in their lives, as well.

The annual Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Program accepts applications from students who live at DCHA properties or are Housing Choice Voucher Program recipients. There is no age requirement; however applicants must be attending an accredited college, university, or trade/technical school in the fall and must have a 2.0 GPA or a 225 GED score. The scholarships, which are paid directly to the learning institution, can pay for books, tuition, equipment, or other items needed to assist our clients’ in their studies. 

The guest speaker of the event was Tyronn Spriggs, a current business student at the University of Maryland.

“This is an elite group of people. You have done something amazing today. I applaud you on your college journeys,” Spriggs said.

Spriggs told the audience his story of being homeless, to living at Barry Farm, to finding mentors, and now being steadfast in continuing his education.

“The story of my life is that I just show up,” he said. “No matter what, just show up…In life, just show up…Create your own reality that you can be proud of. We care about your future success.”

Each recipient received a certificate in addition to their scholarship. The top four awardees also received a gift card. They were Erykah Blackson with a 3.93 GPA, Marje Hines with a 3.93 GPA, Kyla Bryant with a 3.70 GPA, and Tona'Sha Hawkins with a 3.50 GPA.

The Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Fund is part of DCHA’s charitable arm, Community Visions, Inc.

“Continuing education is something DCHA always encourages and the agency wants to support its customers who are working toward that goal,” said Office of Resident Services Director and President of Community Visions, Inc. Larry Williams.

To make donations to Community Visions, please contact orsprograms@dchousing.org.

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Awardees
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DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett
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Tyronn Spriggs, a current business student at the University of Maryland
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Office of Resident Services Director and President of Community Visions, Inc. Larry Williams
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