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Scholarship Opportunities

The District of Columbia Housing Authority is proud to encourage and support residents of our public housing communities and members of a Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) households as they work to achieve their educational and professional goals.  

There are several scholarship programs for postsecondary educations that DCHA residents and HCVP household members may want to pursue.  


DCHA has a total of $40,000 in scholarships that it awards annually to students furthering their education in the fall. 

The annual Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Program (CESP) accepts applications from students who live at DCHA properties or are HCVP 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. 

These scholarships, which are paid directly to your learning institution, can pay for books, tuition, equipment, or other items needed to assist our clients in their studies. 

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 12, 2024. 

CESP Application
CESP Application Instructions

Additional scholarship opportunities for DCHA public housing residents and HCVP household members include:


Residents of DCHA public housing communities and households receiving a Housing Choice Voucher administered by DCHA may be eligible to apply for the HAI Group’s 2024 Resident Scholarship Program. The program will award 20 scholarships of $6,000 directly to the educational institution (college, university or technical school) for the fall 2024 academic term. 

 The deadline to apply is 3:30 p.m., Friday May 31, 2024.  

For more information, including full eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions and the online application, visit 



The Todd A. Lee Scholarship commemorates the former executive director and CEO of the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency, Todd A. Lee, who led DCHFA from April 2016 until his death in January 2020.  This scholarship program benefits undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to be future contributors to the field of affordable housing. To be eligible, applicants must be residents of the District of Columbia, or demonstrate prior long-term residency through official transcripts.  

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2024. 

For more information, including full eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions and the online application, visit  

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