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I’m a firm believer that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.

 

When I started working at Mission Housing in 2009, it was because someone had a belief in me and my potential. And here I am, 15 years later, with the opportunity and desire to empower the next generation of leaders.  

I look back on my 15 years at Mission Housing and the thousands of people I’ve met across our sites, I know that the people who live in our communities are capable of great things through the power of higher education.  

It’s for that reason, I am proud to announce the inaugural “Marcia Contreras Empowerment Scholarship.”

 

This scholarship is a symbol of my belief in the communities I’ve helped create, preserve and stabilize in my first 15 years at Mission Housing.  

I hope the recipient of this award has their journey through the higher education system made just a little less challenging and heads into their future feeling empowered to do great things in their life and for their community. 

Sincerely, 

Marcia Contreras

Timeline Process for Award 


Application Opens – 5/13/2024 
Application Closes – 6/3/2024 
Recipient Announced – 7/12/2024 
Pool: $1,500  

 

Criteria for the Award 


Applicant must live at a Mission Housing Development Corporation property 

Applicant must be in “good standing” with property management 
Applicant must be scheduled to attend an accredited community college, 4-year university, online university or vocational school  
 
Application Process for Award 

 
Application submission  
Proof of enrollment at an accredited community college, 4-year university, online university or vocational school 

List of 2 references  

Interview with scholarship panel 

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