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Dothan Scholars

Is there a student in your home that is a graduating HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR who is preparing to enter college?

Is there a COLLEGE STUDENT in your home who needs financial assistance to remain in school?

Are you wondering how you are going to pay for their college education? 

If you answered “yes”, please encourage your students to apply for these scholarships, especially for scholars who are living in Public or Assisted Housing (Section 8).

PHADA Scholarship Programs - 2024 PHADA Scholarship Application is Currently CLOSED

Applications for the 2024 Scholarship Program are due to Phada by January 26, 2024. Three scholarships will be awarded:

1. Stephen J. Bollinger Memorial Scholarship ($7,000)

Steve Bollinger (April 11, 1948-June 18, 1984) was a taskmaster to himself, a human dynamo to those who knew him. He was a natural leader, a person who could rally people around him with wit, satire, and vocal exercises. Steve’s knowledge of and dedication to housing those in need was never absent, especially after he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at HUD. His experience at the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and the associations he had with colleagues, mayors, and others afforded him the opportunity to deal with the bureaucracy in a style that we strive to attain. To the members of PHADA, he was a friend. His belief in the housing profession motivated him to become a founding member of PHADA, for which he served as Vice President. He accomplished much in a short time and we are all thankful for his achievements. PHADA created this scholarship to memorialize Stephen J. Bollinger.

This scholarship will be formally presented at PHADA’s Annual Convention & Exhibition (May 19-22, 2022, San Antonio, TX). The winner will receive a trip for him/herself and one parent/guardian to attend the convention.

2. Civil Rights and Social Justice Scholarship (One scholarship available: $5,000) -

In 2005, PHADA’s Board of Trustees met in Montgomery, AL. Inspired by historical sites they chose to give personal donations for the inception of a PHADA scholarship to honor the work of Rosa Parks and the achievements of the civil rights movement.

To be considered for the Civil Rights and Social Justice scholarship, include an additional personal essay (350-500 words) demonstrating your efforts, and involvement in furthering the values of the civil rights and social justice movements. Explain why these causes are relevant today and how they relate to your educational goals. Include any relevant volunteer experiences and involvement related to advancing the causes of civil rights and social justice.

3. Nan McKay Pathway to Achievement Scholarship ($500)

Nan McKay has offered significant financial support to PHADA’s scholarship program and has elected to reward one deserving youth with a $5,000 scholarship. PHADA appreciates their commitment to serving the needs of public housing residents and the community.

The scholarship fund will be administered by the PHADA Scholarship Committee. The money will go directly to the school that the recipient will be attending. The school will deposit the money into the student’s account. The money may only be used to pay for tuition, books, and activities directly related to the student’s education. If the student discontinues his or her education, the unused portion of the scholarship will be returned to PHADA. For more information, contact PHADA at: 202-546-5445.

AAHRA Scholarship Programs

Scholarship opportunities are available to high school seniors and current college students. For more information and to apply online please visit the AAHRA website.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

The mission of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is to advance the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.

Scholarship opportunities are available through CBCF. To apply click the link below.

NAHMA Educational Foundation

The 2023 NAHMA Educational Foundation scholarship season is open, and the digital application is now available online. The application has been revised to make it more user-friendly and to secure more completed submissions. This will be the 17th consecutive year the foundation will make scholarships available to worthy student residents. To access the application, visit The deadline for completed applications is 10 p.m. Eastern on May 12.

In 2022, the foundation awarded 96 student-resident scholarships. Each scholarship is worth $3,500; the total scholarship money awarded last year was $336,000. More than 75% of eligible applicants have received scholarships.

Our Community, Inc. Scholarships

  • The Susan Morrison Memorial Scholarship

The mission of Our Community, Inc.’s (OCI) Susan Morrison Memorial Scholarship is to provide educational opportunities for residents and clients of the Dothan Housing Authority (DHA). OCI desires to see all persons affiliated with the agency view “housing” as an opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their families for generations to come. The affiliate nonprofit of DHA recognizes that education is critical to long-term effective change and instrumental in dismantling intergenerational poverty.

Through fundraising, such as the Susan Morrison Charity Golf Tournament, and charitable donations from community partners, OC, Inc. looks forward to awarding eligible graduating high school seniors for years to come.


If you are interested in applying for these scholarship opportunities, please contact the Resident Services Manager located in the OCHEC building at 1001 Montana Street Dothan, AL 36303 via email or by phone. 

Samiyah Craddock | 334-589-0727