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Welcome to the Scholarship Application section of the GDHAA website. If you are a high school student or if you attend an institution of higher learning, please consider applying for the GDHAA scholarship.  The requirements are included on the application.

Please make sure that the application and all documents are submitted by May 1st.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Sandra Harris at or 734-741-8536.

Click here to download the application.

Past Scholarship

Ryanne S. Rosenbalm
National Chapter GDHAA, INC
2018 Scholarship Recipient

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Kennedy Smalls
National Chapter GDHAA, INC
2017 Scholarship Recipient


Mark B. Hairston
2017 GDHAA Educational Award

The Gary District High School Alumni Association (GDHSAA) Scholarship Program was established several years ago to provide financial assistance to off-spring students of Garyites desiring to pursue higher education. Continuing education was constantly encouraged, not only by family members, but by Principal Joel E. Height and the teachers from the Gary District High School faculty. In fact, the Corporate By-Laws of the GDHAA Inc. National Chapter Corporation’s Mission and Purpose were revised on July 2, 2011 to include the raising of funds exclusively for administrative and educational purposes as set forth under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1954 – which reads in part:

“The use of funds shall be limited to the following objectives:

  • To provide financial assistance to qualified students as stipulated by the scholarship guidelines of the organization.

  • To finance the administrative costs of the National Chapter, GDHAA, Inc. in fulfilling its objectives.”

 This Program has been, and continues to be successful thanks to You, Garyites, donors, sponsors, Local Chapters and others. Thanks to all, we have provided financial aid to numerous youngsters over the years.

Students wishing to become candidates in this Program must meet certain criteria and follow the application procedures outlined in the Policy Guidelines. In order to apply for consideration, all applicants must be a recent High School graduate and/or Undergraduate Student(s) currently enrolled in two or four-year accredited college, university, and/or vocational technical school, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher. Graduate students may also apply, but will only be considered when there are no undergraduate candidates.

To be considered for a scholarship in a given year, hopefuls must submit a fully executed application (copy of which is listed below), along with a photograph, to Dr. Sandra Harris, Chairperson of the National Chapter, GDHAA, Inc., Scholarship Committee, 216 Charles Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. All documents must be postmarked by the April 1st in a given year in which consideration is sought.

The completed application must also include prospective student’s official high school or college transcripts of grades, (GPA of 2.5 or higher), a photograph, along with an essay of 200 words or less, describing the reason for the pursuit of the student’s major area of interest.

Upon receipt of all applications for a given year, The Scholarship Committee will review, evaluate and make a recommendation for awards(s) to the National Board of Directors for review, consideration and approval.  The Board of Directors’ highest rated recipient will receive a one-time award in the amount not to exceed $5,000. Recipients are cautioned that the award amount may be taxable. Successful recipient(s) will be notified by the Scholarship Committee not later than June for presentation at the Annual Reunion.

Recipient(s) may only receive the scholarship for four years. However, if the receiving student is a sophomore or greater. The award will be distributed to recipient(s) during the second week of September of the given year.


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