The ability to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school can expand economic opportunities. In May, Housing Vermont presented one-year scholarships to residents of Housing Vermont-affiliated properties as part of its HV Connections program to improve social and economic outcomes for residents, partnerships, and communities.
Educational grants were awarded to:
- Leslie Rodriquez, Richford
- Kristine Burpee, Springfield
- Casey Kimball, Vergennes
“Our work focuses on creating possibilities for Vermonters through developing affordable housing and financing economic development,” said Housing Vermont President Nancy Owens. “We appreciate that education also expands opportunities and are excited to be able to help these residents continue their education.”
The Housing Vermont scholarships can be used for both degreed and non-degreed programs as well as by those interested in taking classes that lead to certifications. The funds can help pay for tuition, material and books, childcare, transportation, or other expenses related to enrolling in a program.
Scholarship awards were based on financial need, educational and work experience, and school and community involvement. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) administers the scholarship program for Housing Vermont.
To be eligible, a student must reside in a Housing Vermont-affiliated apartment or be the child of a parent or guardian who resides in a Housing Vermont-affiliated apartment. Housing Vermont currently owns about 3,260 apartments in partnerships with community and regional nonprofit housing organizations. The three recipients are residents of apartments created in partnerships with the Richford Renaissance Corporation, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, and the Addison County Community Trust.
“Housing Vermont has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships in the past five years,” Nancy said. “We wish Leslie, Kristine and Casey great success.”