Scholarship Program for Habitat Families
Empowering Families to Succeed in Life and Academics
Indian River Habitat for Humanity's (IRHFH) Scholarship program assists Habitat homeowners and their children who are committed to advancing their education beyond a high school diploma and/or GED certificate, as well as providing financial assistance toward education-based after school and summer care programs.
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The Four Components of the Scholarship Program
Afterschool Care Subsidy Funds
Homeowners' children participating in approved education-based after school programs are eligible for 75% of the monthly fee up to $75 per month per child.
Summer Care Subsidy Funds
Homeowners' children participating in approved education-based summer care programs are eligible for 75% of the weekly fee up to $75 per week per child.
Post Secondary Education Scholarships for Homeowners’ Children
Homeowners' children attending colleges, universities or trade schools are eligible for Habitat to pay 75% of the tuition up to $1,000 per semester to support their educational endeavors.
Post Secondary Education Scholarships for Homeowners
Habitat homeowners attending colleges, universities or trade schools are eligible for Habitat to pay 75% of the tuition up to $1,000 per semester to support their educational endeavors.
Scholarship Report as of June 2016
Hours for A's Program
To make their dreams of home ownership come true, Indian River Habitat for Humanity homebuyers must meet a number of requirements and criteria, including working a specific number of sweat equity hours. Typically, the adults in the family will put in their hours working on the Habitat construction site, first on others' Habitat houses and, finally, on their own.
During the past year, Indian River Habitat for Humanity has created a way the children, too young to work on the jobsite, can make a real contribution to their family's goal. For every report card "A" a student earns, one Sweat Equity hour is credited.
This not only helps the family meet the Sweat Equity requirement, but also gives the child a sense of pride and accomplishment, and helps develop good study habits. Ashanti Smith, age 9, a student at Citrus Elementary, brought home "Straight A's" to her mom, Martha Robertson's, delight. "It is just the two of us, so it was a huge help to have my daughter participate," Robertson said with pride. "I feel great that she was able to help."
Ashanti agreed and calls the Hours for A's program "awesome!" Aschanti loves to sew, a skill her seamstress mom is happily sharing with her. She also enjoys chorus and learning ballroom dancing. For a Boys and Girls Club project last year, Ashanti received recognition for a story she wrote about the earthquake in Haiti.
The Hours for A's program is a recent addition to Habitat's Scholarship Program, which offers Habitat students, from elementary school through high school, including college scholarships, the chance to contribute toward their new home.
Funds are raised for the Scholarships, Afterschool and Summer Care programs through a special event, the HabiTrot to Higher Education 5K/10K Run/Walk held each Spring, and through the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses in the Indian River County community.