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Help Connect College-Bound Students Experiencing Homelessness with OSSE College Starter Kits

Over the past few years, OSSE has purchased items to create college care packages for students experiencing homelessness who were accepted and enrolled into college classes for their fall and spring academic year. Recipients received travel luggage, a laptop with Microsoft programs, school supplies, a backpack, towel sets, personal hygiene products, and other essential items to support their transition as a college student. OSSE also hosted a send-off workshop and reception  in which the students received their college care packages, words of encouragement from OSSE managers and staff, information regarding financial aid and scholarship opportunities, contacts for on-campus supports, and techniques for self-advocacy to support their educational success. Some of the past recipients are currently attending the following higher educational institutions:

The selected students are currently attending higher educational institutions such as Trinity University, University of the District of Columbia, Frostburg State University, and North Carolina Central University.

To be eligible to apply, students must attend a public or public charter school in the District. Eligible applicants must be a 2018-19 school year high school graduate who has been identified by the homeless liaison as receiving McKinney-Vento supports, in the school database. Applicants must submit a completed OSSE application packet which includes:

  1. A completed cover sheet;
  2. An essay (up to 1,500 words) about the impact of experiencing homelessness on their life and their desire to attend college;
  3. A minimum of one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or other adult who can speak to the applicant’s educational qualifications and life experience; and
  4. Proof of acceptance into a college or university (e.g. acceptance letter, class schedule or housing confirmation letter).

All submissions are due Monday, July 1, 2019. Please note that this opportunity is available to recipients until supplies are no longer available.


Please note that this opportunity is available to recipients until supplies are no longer available. All submissions are due by Monday, July 1, 2019 to Tasheen Stallings, homeless education program analyst, [email protected] and Tiffany Williams, postsecondary and career education management analyst, [email protected].