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--- Updated May 29, 2008

Today and Friday, May 30, are the last two days for submission of applications for the Louis J. Tullio Memorial Scholarships, which are being offered by the Erie Housing Authority. Scholarship application forms are available at all HACE offices. Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Housing Authority of the City of Erie, 606 Holland Street, Erie, Pa., 16501-1285.

HACE elected to implement this scholarship program to encourage higher education, develop self-sufficiency, and increase self-esteem among high school/college students residing in low-income housing. Since 1989, 50 scholarships have been awarded.

For 2008-09 school year, five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors entering post-secondary education, or current college students who will most likely be role models for other public or Section 8 housing youth.

These scholarships are paid directly to the students and not to the school, so they should not affect other financial aid.

All of the funds for the Tullio scholarship are donated from private sources to honor the memory of Louis J. Tullio, who served as Mayor of the City of Erie from 1966-1990.

  • Applicant must be a high school senior, or a first, second, or third-year college student, and not yet 22 years of age.
  • Applicant must reside in Authority-owned or Section 8-assisted housing during the three months immediately preceding the scholarship application deadline date.
  • Annual income of the applicant’s family must be within the Section 8 lower-income guidelines.
  • Student must have maintained a 2.0 grade point average (C) or better during his/her entire high school or college years. This average must be certified by the high school/college through the latest grading period.
  • Applications must include high school or college transcripts, including certification of grade point average, two teacher/counselor recommendations, one personal recommendation, and an essay by the student explaining What I Plan to Do With My College Education (300 words or more). All essays will become the property of the scholarship committee.
  • Applicant’s extra-curricular activities, awards, community service, employment, and other accomplishments must be detailed on the application.
  • For high school seniors, a list of schools to which the applicant has applied must be provided. Scholarship award is subject to proof of acceptance/enrollment to the school of his/her choice.
  • Applicant who is already in college must be accepted and registered as a full-time student (12 credit hours or more).