The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Thursday announced scholarships totaling $2,000 each for 21 residents of low-income housing, the highest number of grants in the five-year history of the program.
Each recipient got $1,500 from the authority-related charitable Clean Slate/E3 program and $500 from the separate nonprofit NEED higher-education assistance fund.
"It feels really good," said Shanquae Parker, 18, a graduate of the city's Creative and Performing Arts High School and a resident of the Homewood North public housing community. She is heading for Slippery Rock University. "I was really struggling, trying to figure out how I was going to pay that tuition."
Authority staff raises money from private donors to back the scholarships and to conduct anti-drug programming under the banner of E3 -- for Entertaining, Educating and Encouraging Quality Lifestyles.