Three SHA Farris Mitchell Scholarships available this year
Applications are available for the Springfield Housing Authority’s 2016 Farris Mitchell Scholarship, awarded every spring to a senior attending a Springfield high school who lives in either public housing or has a Section 8 Housing Choice voucher in the city.
The amount of the scholarship, given by the Springfield Housing Authority, is $1,000 for each student selected. This year, three students will be chosen for the award. Applications are available in guidance offices at all city high schools, by writing to Jimmie Mitchell, care of the Farris Mitchell Scholarship Committee, 186 Arcadia Boulevard, Springfield 01118, or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are also available at all city high school guidance offices.
The deadline to apply is May 1.
The scholarship, begun in 1995, was named after a man who lived for many years with his wife and 10 children at Riverview Apartments in the Brightwood section of the city. Mitchell, who died in 1994, loved children, and instilled in his children and many others a desire to improve their future through education. All of his children finished high school and went on to college.
The scholarship is administered by Farris Mitchell’s son Jimmie Mitchell, a retired Springfield educator who works as Youth Engagement Officer for the SHA. The recipient will be chosen by a Springfield Housing Authority committee.
Springfield Housing Authority is Massachusetts’ second largest housing authority, with 2,397 traditional public housing units located at twenty-seven sites throughout the city, 240 Massachusetts Rental Vouchers, and 2,893 Housing Choice Vouchers.
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