Program Overview

Graduating Senior Grant
Awarded to a graduating senior or other qualified applicant planning on attending an accredited college or university (up to $2500).

Middlesex County College Grant
Awarded to a student planning to attend Middlesex County College (up to $1500).

Trade School Grant
Awarded to any eligible resident planning on attending an officially recognized trade school (up to $1000).

Continuing Student Grant
Awarded to any eligible resident currently enrolled in an accredited college or officially recognized trade school (up to $1000).

Ken Jones Grant
Awarded to a graduating senior or other qualified applicant planning on attending an accredited college or university (up to $2500).

Community Leader Award
Awarded to an outstanding member of the public housing community who’s leadership has moved residents toward self-sufficiency and helped to make our public housing community a better place to live.

Program Requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Must be a current resident of New Brunswick Public Housing or a recipient of the HOPE VI Relocation Program.

2. Must provide the Scholarship Committee with at least two letters of recommendation; One (1) letter from your current school (teacher or guidance counselor) and one (1) letter from a member of the community.

3. Must provide a one (1) page essay entitled “Why I want to continue my education”.

4. Must complete, sign, date, and submit the Scholarship application in full by the required deadline date.

5. If accepted as a scholarship recipient, must provide proof of acceptance and registration to College or University or a trade school prior to receiving funds.

6. Must attend a private interview if required by the scholarship committee.

Specific Reward Requirements

In addition to the general program requirements, the following criteria must be met and documentation provided by the applicant:

Graduating Senior Grant & Ken Jones Grant (up to $2500) – applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and provide a copy of their complete high school transcripts and be planning on registering for at least 6 credits per semester.

Middlesex County College Grant (up to $1500) – applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0, provide a copy of their complete high school transcripts, and be planning on registering for at least 6 credits per semester.

Trade School Grant (up to $1000) – applicant must provide up to date academic records and a brief description of the skills they hope to acquire through education.

Continuing Student Grant (up to $1000) – applicant must provide up to date college transcripts, maintain a GPA of at least 2.0, and be carrying an average of 6 credits per semester.

Community Leader Award – applicant must be a current lease holding public housing tenants (or HOPE VI Relocation Program tenant on record with NBHA’s HOPE VI Program) who has worked or volunteered to help residents of public housing move toward self-sufficiency.

Selection Criteria

A Selection Committee, comprised of community leaders, will select the winners of the scholarships. The following represents the importance given to each of the criteria the judges will take into consideration:

I. Academic Record (including GPA) – 40 points
II. Essay – 20 points
III. Work Experience (paid/unpaid) – 20 points
IV. Community Involvement – 20 points

Termination/Revision Clause

The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to make revisions and/or terminate this program at any time with the approval of the Board of Commissioners. All applicants must be current on all moneys owed to the NBHA within thirty (30) days of this award or they will be determined to be ineligible.

All applications must be received at the Housing Authority’s main office located at 270 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Attn: Maria Martinez. No applications will be accepted at any other office of the Housing Authority. Applicants may request a receipt for deliver of their applications, from Ms. Maria Martinez directly at the main office during regular business hours (8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday).

* Program requirements may be adjusted to meet special needs of applicants upon approval of the Scholarship Committee.

* If the applicant is selected to receive a scholarship award, he or she has 30 days to provide the NBHA all necessary documents needed to process the award to the university/college/trade school of their choice. All applicants must be current on all moneys owed to the NBHA within thirty (30) days of this award or they will be determined to be ineligible.

Revised: 4/14/08

Contact NBHA

New Brunswick Housing Authority
7 Van Dyke Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
tel: 732.745.5157
fax: 732.253.7799

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The New Brunswick Housing and Redevelopment Authority also operates as: The Housing Authority of the City of New Brunswick, The New Brunswick Housing Authority, and NBHA. Click here to view the NBHA bylaws.