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Habitat Ohio Scholarship

Habitat for Humanity of Ohio Scholarship

Building Our Future Scholarship

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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Building Our Future Scholarship Program is to provide access to higher education for youth of Habitat for Humanity families.  The Fund helps awardees achieve a prosperous future, while improving the economic and civic health of our society.


The Fund offers three scholarships:

1.      Trade Scholarship: The Trade Scholarship (maximum $1000) is for applicants seeking a diploma or certification from a trade or technical school.

2.      College Scholarship: The College Scholarship (maximum $2500) is for applicants planning to enroll or currently enrolled in a two-year associate or four-year bachelor degree program from a university.

3.      Returning Student Scholarship: The Returning Student Scholarship (maximum $1000) is for previous recipients of the College Scholarship seeking additional aid in continuing their college education.



1.      Applicant must be, at the time of the application deadline, between the ages of 17 and 23.

2.      Applicant must be a legal resident of the State of Ohio, and must have lived for six months in a Habitat for Humanity home.

3.      Applicant must have a parent, step parent, or guardian who is a Habitat for Humanity homeowner in the State of Ohio.

4.      Applicant must complete at least sixteen volunteer hours at an Ohio Habitat for Humanity affiliate.  This must be in addition to sweat equity hours.

5.      Scholarship awards will be applied to tuition only, at an accredited college, university, or trade school in the State of Ohio.

6.      College and Returning Student Scholarships are limited to two-year associate or four-year bachelor degree programs.  Scholarships are available only for colleges or universities listed in the Higher Learning Commission directory of institutions ( in Ohio and with a current status of “Accredited”.

7.      The Trade Scholarship is limited to diploma or certification programs.  Scholarships are available only for technical or trade schools listed in the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) directory ( in Ohio and currently accredited.

8.      Applicant must be enrolled for the equivalent of a minimum of six credit hours per semester. 

9.      Applicants must submit an official copy of his or her most recent transcript.

10.  Awardees must use the scholarship within 12 months of receiving notification that he or she has been selected for the award.  The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution of higher learning upon verification of enrollment, in accordance with the respective institution’s financial aid policies.

11.  Awardees must provide a letter of acceptance from his or her intended university or trade school (or, if currently enrolled, a recent transcript, report card, or other proof of current enrollment) in order to be eligible for the award.

12.  Priority will be given to applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism and whose intended college or trade school programs have (1) resulted in high percentages of gainful employment for its graduates and (2) require primarily classroom coursework as opposed to on-line classes.

13.  Applicants and awardees must accept all determinations of the scholarship selection Committee as final.


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