The NHF Scholarship Program launched in 1998 with only two undergraduate scholarships and $5,000 awarded. By 2017, the NHF had administered more than $1.7 million through scholarships to 221 students. We help Norwalk Housing Authority residents get into college, stay in college, and earn a college degree. A successful outcome means that a scholarship recipient matriculates, earns a degree, acquires the skills to be career ready, and can effectively compete in today’s job market. Our scholarship program means more than just giving money; we want it to be a life-changing opportunity through a cycle of giving.


  • 100% of scholarship program contributions go directly to fund scholarships
  • More than $1.7 million awarded to 221 students since 1998
  • Largest public housing authority college scholarship program in New England
  • Recognized by Harvard University’s Ash Center in its 2015 Top 25 Innovations in American Government Awards
  • Award of Excellence from National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

About Our Students

  • Nearly 100% are first generation college students who self-identify as African American or Hispanic
  • 75% graduation rate for four year schools and 48% graduation rate for two year schools
  • 100% of population served is low-income
  • Average annual family income of our NHA residents is below $20,000 (2016 poverty threshold for a family of four is $24, 250)

2017-18 NHF Scholarship Recipients

  • 50 Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Recipients who received $205,000 in scholarships
  • 70% of 2017 recipients attend four-year institutions (43% CT public universities, 57% private institutions)
  • 5 graduate school scholarship recipients (program instituted in 2015)
    • University of Connecticut Medical School
    • 3 Sacred Heart University students to pursue degrees in nursing, teaching and criminal justice
    • Bay Path University to pursue a degree in occupational therapy
  • 83% are previous NHF Scholarship recipients: students are staying in school and continuing their quest toward a college degree
  • Past recipients have graduated from University of Connecticut, Norwalk Community College, Fairfield University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Bridgeport and other prestigious universities