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103 new and current Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund recipients received over $165,000 in scholarships during the 30th Annual Awards & Recognition Ceremony on Sunday.
Merit Awards were presented to selected students for outstanding academic achievement and one recipient was honored as "Student of the Year."
An additional 22 special recognition scholarships were awarded and seven students were honored as 2013 college graduates.
Central Piedmont Community College was recognized by the CHASF Alumni Association with their Trailblazer Award for outstanding service to youth in Mecklenburg County.
The CHASF serves as a vehicle of hope to all young people who live in housing subsidized by the Charlotte Housing Authority with the desire to achieve, but who lack adequate financial means. It is designed to inspire them to work toward becoming independent, self-reliant citizens of the community, by lending a helping hand.
"When I envisioned this scholarship 30 years ago, one of my personal goals was to support 100 students annually in perpetuity, stated Founder John T. Crawford. "Proudly, we have surpassed that milestone during our 30th anniversary and our supporters are working harder than ever to continue the growth of the fund."
Since its inception, more than 600 youth have received scholarships, attending more than 67 different colleges, universities and trade schools.
Annually, recipients complete a competitive application process and participate in panel interviews before being selected. They are required to attend a series of summer workshops in preparation for their education and are eligible to receive scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,400.
After the ceremony, a reception was held for all attendees.
The event is a partnership between CHA, CHASF and Foundation For The Carolinas, which also serves as fund administrator for CHASF.
Charlotte natives Charles and Dorothy Earp have always believed that education is the key to lifelong success.
They established the Charles and Dorothy Earp Scholarship Fund at Foundation for the Carolinas in 1997 to provide additional financial support to participants in the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund program.
The Earp Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, school and community activities, and financial need.
This year the Earp Family provided eight $1,000 scholarships.
Pictured from right to left are Sharisse Berry, Miles Brydie, Yanasti Craddock, Ashanti Evans, Evodie Kayembe, Javari Parks, Patrice Wilson and Daisha Holloman.