The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who have defied the odds and are setting a good example for their siblings. The students are turning their dream into a reality by attending an institution of higher learning. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have been accepted into the college/university of their choice, and provide a 250 word essay stating what it would mean to them to receive the scholarship, along with a letter of reference form the guidance counselor or a former teacher.
The scholarship committee reviews the information, interviews the applicants and then the finalists are chosen. Tampa Housing Authority provides the finalists with luggage, a laptop computer, computer case, flash drive and a monetary award that is based on their respective GPA. The student with the highest GPA receives $2,500, the other awardees receive $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.