History of Program
The HAI Group Board of Directors is committed to helping improve the lives of people who live in public and affordable housing. One of the ways we do this is through our Resident Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $1,200,000 to more than 430 students to date!
Housing Authority Insurance, Inc.—one of our family of companies—sponsors the program, which provides residents with an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to offset the cost of their continuing education. Students may win scholarships for up to four consecutive years!
The 2020 resident scholarship program is currently accepting applications. This year we are awarding 20 scholarships worth $6,000 each. The scholarship is available for the student to use during the 2020-2021 academic year (fall 2020, winter 2021, spring 2021, and summer 2021 semesters; if applicable) and it is the responsibility of the school to hold these funds in the F.B.O. account for the student and apply them to the students tuition, school supplies, and book expenses as necessary. Awards will be issued before the 2020 fall semester. Scholarships may be awarded to past winners of the Scholarship Program, and past winners may submit an application up to five (5) days prior to the start of the Scholarship Entry Period. Prior winners who enter and fulfill all requirements shall be awarded preference over new applicants, and remaining scholarships shall be awarded to new applicants after such preference is given.
Each applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Lives in a housing authority or in a property with a housing choice voucher (HCV) administered by a housing authority that is a Member of Housing Authority Risk Retention Group, Inc. (HARRG) or Housing Authority Property Insurance, A Mutual Company (HAPI) or lives in an affordable housing property insured by Housing Enterprise Insurance Company, Inc. (HEIC); or be exempt from the above since he or she fulfilled the requirements in the Official Rules during the scholarship entry period and was declared a scholarship winner and is in receipt of the award during the four-consecutive-year term of the academic scholarship period awarded.
- Is or will be enrolled in the fall for the 2020-21 academic year in an accredited and/or licensed technical school or accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States.
- Is a United States citizen.
- Follow all other rules outlined in the official rules document.
How to Apply
The entry process is simple. Click here to apply. Be sure to upload all required documents and fill out all contact details for the applicant.
Recipient Selection and Payment
The sponsor will review each entry and accompanying documentation to ensure that it is complete. Only entrants who have submitted complete applications will be considered. Potential scholarship winners who are new applicants will be selected in one random drawing from all eligible entries received during the scholarship entry period. The drawing to select potential scholarship winners who are new applicants will be held on or about Monday, May 4, 2020. All potential winners will be contacted through email to provide a photo of themselves along with a proof of enrollment and W9 form (both filled out by the school). Winners will have fourteen (14) days to provide this information. A failure to provide this information within the specified timeframe will deem the scholarship award to be rejected by the resident, and a new drawing will be held to select a new potential winner.
Once all 2020 winners have been selected, payment will be sent. Scholarship payments are made directly to the college, university, or technical school by Housing Authority Insurance, Inc., and are deposited into an F.B.O. (for the benefit of) account by the school for the student. Scholarship award proceeds are to be used only for tuition, books, or school supplies purchased directly through the school. Any funds remaining after the 2020-2021 academic year (fall 2020, winter 2021, spring 2021, and summer 2021 semesters; if applicable) must be returned back to the Sponsor by the school no later than September 1, 2021.