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Scholarship Opportunities for Residents of Federally Assisted Low Income Housing

The National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) administers an Education Fund which awards education grants and scholarships to low-income individuals residing in federally assisted rental housing – this includes housing subsidized through programs such as the Housing Choice Voucher program, or properties that have been awarded federal low-income housing tax credits. For complete program details, please visit

The NLHA offers four types of scholarships. Students must decide on only ONE of the scholarship opportunities listed below:

  • AIR CARES COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP Established in recognition of Apartment Income REIT Corporation’s leading role as a provider of affordable rental apartments throughout the country and its dedication to improving the lives of low- and moderate-income families. This scholarship is directed to eligible applicants who are graduating high school seniors or current undergraduates who demonstrate both merit and need to pursue an undergraduate degree.

  • WILLIAM F. GANDERT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Bill Gandert was instrumental in the creation of numerous public housing authorities in the State of Ohio and served as general counsel for many of them as well as Executive Director of the Mansfield, Crawford, Huron, Marion and Seneca County Metropolitan Housing Authorities. A vocal advocate for the poor, Bill helped found a number of poverty programs in his state and was an active NLHA member, serving as the organization’s 7th President. This scholarship is to benefit an eligible graduating high school senior or returning student who demonstrates both merit and need to pursue educational opportunities in a specific trade or vocation.

  • MARY LOU MANZIE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Mary Lou Manzie was a woman who dedicated her career to providing safe, decent and affordable housing. She was always willing to look at new and effortless ways to achieve that goal. A member of the National Leased Housing Association from 1975 until her death in 2006, she served as an Officer and Director of NLHA for many years. This scholarship is to benefit a non-traditional student by providing eligible applicants who demonstrate both merit and need, a chance to pursue higher education or other training that will lead to better employment opportunities.

  • NEIL CHURCHILL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP A past NLHA President and a true Section 8 advocate, Neil worked at HUD early in his career and went on to become a developer, bond underwriter and FHA specialist. Before his untimely death in 2003, he was a Vice President with GMAC. Neil devoted his entire career to affordable housing. This scholarship is for eligible applicants who are graduating college and pursuing graduate level study (or otherwise seeking a graduate education) who demonstrate both merit and need.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted online through NLHA’s website at Students will need to create a NLHA login account in order to apply. All applications must be submitted by Friday, April 15, 2022, at 5 p.m. EST.


Please direct questions to the NLHA via email at or by calling 202-785-8888.

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