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Camile Pahwa Scholarship Fund

In memory of Camile Pahwa, DMA has established and endowed the Camile Pahwa Scholarship Fund which will provide training and education scholarships for children living at any of the affordable housing communities owned by DMA and its affiliates.

Camile Pahwa

Camile Pahwa

Camile joined DMA in September 2001, following her graduation from the University of Texas with a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning, to direct a “capacity building” program for our nonprofit clients. She quickly became the firm’s guru on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, taking on the project management of several affordable housing developments.  In October 2005, she was promoted to Vice President where she continued to serve as a project manager, but also became a mentor to DMA’s younger staff.  With her intelligence and her patience, Camile was DMA’s best “teacher” – able to take complicated financing concepts and break them into understandable components. Camile was diagnosed with lymphoma in March 2008 and fought a valiant battle against this cancer for two years – all the time, continuing her work with DMA and providing inspiration for us all.   On April 18, 2010, at the age of 34, Camile – surrounded by family and friends – lost this battle. There will never be another Camile – her “can do” attitude, her problem solving ability, her winning smile – all combined to make her a super star.  Our love for Camile and  desire to honor  her contributions to affordable housing have lead us to  establish this scholarship program that will allow young people to achieve their dreams.  The scholarships will be available on a competitive basis for summer educational programs, trade schools and higher education.  To qualify, one must be the resident of one of our apartment communities and be between the ages of 12 and 18 or an adult resident enrolled in a continuing education program.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Elijah Miner

Elijah Miner

Elijah Miner, received a grant to attend 6 weeks of summer camp offered through the city of Mesquite.  This 8 year old student likes to play basketball and go swimming.  His favorite subject in school is science and he likes to stay active and make new friends. 

Jean Crawford

Jean Crawford

Jean is well-known “local” retiree who received $275 to take computer classes at the AGE of Central Texas Computer Lab.  Jean is an extremely active and engaged in the community,having served on the Mueller Neighborhood Steering committee, Friendship Match at UT, ACT III Elderhood board, Power for Parkinsons, along with a laundry list of other groups supporting seniors, youth and persons with disabilities. Jean feels computer classes will improve her technology skills to help her help others as well as herself, dealing with change and acceptance. The award will allow her to take multiple courses throughout the year. 

Rina Pokhrelbhandari

Rina Pokhrelbhandari

Rina is a 2016 scholarship recipient, and was chosen to receive $700 to attend Trinity Community College in Athens with plans to attend University of Texas Tyler’s nursing program in January 2018.  She is a married, working mother of two who has attended college for two years. Ms. Pokhrelbhandari’s commitment to furthering her career is to be commended. Rina maintains a 4.0 and enrolls in in courses year round   to effort reach her educational goals in record time.  

Arsenia “Zenni” El-Assad

Arsenia “Zenni” El-Assad

Arsenia is an active retiree who received $275 to take foreign language classes at Austin Community College. She is a self-described lifelong learner with a passion for self-improvement. Her late husband taught her and their children Arabic and French back in the 70s/80s and she is eager to use her improved linguistic skills to help families in Austin with translation. She has wonderful recommendations from families she helped with childcare. 

Catherine Turner

Catherine Turner

Catherine will receive a minimum of $1000 to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University, where she plans to study business and play soccer. She is ranked 51 of 535 in her class, holding a 3.4 GPA. She has been an avid soccer player and creative baking entrepreneur to offset the cost for training. She has been active in many charitable fund raising activities such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Ronald McDonald house, and is also active with her youth groups. Ms. Turner plans to major in business to fulfil her dreams of owning a boutique.  

Analyssa M. Gonzales

Analyssa M. Gonzales

Analyssa was chosen to receive a minimum of $1000 to attend Texas A&M in Kingsville to pursue a degree in Biomedical Science. She is ranked 10 of 78 in her class and has a GPA of 4.56.  Ms. Gonzales has is a proven leader acting as class president in her junior and senior years and the President of the Mathis FFA (Future Farmers of America) for the 2016-17 school year. In addition to being active in her church youth group, she is a powerlifter and has advanced to Regionals and State several times throughout her high school years.  

Past Scholarship Winners

2016 Scholarship Winners

Bryana Gandara

Bryana Gandara

Bryana Gandara, now a three time Camile Pahwa Scholarship recipient, received $1,000 to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as a pre-nursing student.  DMA Companies was proud to award Bryana again this year for her proven efforts and determination working towards her future career goals.  She continues to maintain a grade point average above 3.0, and was recently accepted into nursing school.

Rina Devi Pokhrelbhandari

Rina Devi Pokhrelbhandari

Rina Devi Pokhrelbhandari, was selected to receive a $600 scholarship to continue her education at Trinity Valley Community College.  Her dream is to become a nurse and she has maintained a 4.0 GPA since taking the first step in her new career goals last year.  She dedicates much of her time to her family (a wife and mother of two), her job and her school work. It is a challenge to “ride the wave” of her fast-paced world, but she continues to work towards her aspirations and goals.

2014 Scholarship Winners

Kayla Carroll

Kayla Carroll

Kayla Carroll, a 2014 graduate of Gonzales High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Victoria College, where she hopes to take courses in Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology to bring her closer on her path to becoming a Vocational Nurse. Helping her mother care for her younger brother has already given her experience in care and kindheartedness, which shines brightly through her personality. She offers help in and around her community in extracurricular clubs at school (such as the Apache Flames Drill Team, National Honor Society, and fashion club), participating at Vacation Bible School, and volunteering at the nursing home. Kayla has already dedicated her time to, and loves, helping others; with this scholarship to Victoria, she is able to obtain a career to do just that.

Bryana Gandara

Bryana Gandara

Bryana Gandara, a 2014 Pearsall High School graduate, received $1,000 to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Ranking in the top ten percent of her class, she has shown to be hard-working, determined, and not afraid to challenge herself in academics as well as life. Swimming and adventuring are two of her favorite activities – you may often find her either at the pool or driving on the back roads of Pearsall along with her family. She strives to set an example for her two younger siblings by being the first in her household to attend a university and also be the first to graduate. Very keen and optimistic about her future, she has now completed twenty one hours of dual credit college courses and has enrolled as a “pre-nursing major with a concentration in pediatrics.” As indication of her determination to succeed, she is already looking into hospitals that she believes would best fit her.

Nikita J. Jeffery

Nikita J. Jeffery

Nikita J. Jeffery, is a single mother with four children who was selected to receive a $500 scholarship to return to school (specifically, Savannah Technical College). She wishes to major in Business Management to help reach her dream of teaching business to youth in school. She is no stranger to hard work (raising children is, after all, the ultimate and most challenging job) and knows that graduating in this field will help to better her family’s life. Juggling the responsibilities of work, motherhood, and college is difficult but Nikita has shown that she is no stranger to hardship and meets it head on with a smile on her face.

Current Scholarship Information

Contribute to the Fund

Contributions to the Scholarship Fund are tax-deductible.  If you wish to contribute, please make your check payable to “The Camile Pahwa Scholarship Fund” and send to the following address:

The Camile Pahwa Scholarship Fund c/o Housing Resource Center, Inc.

PO Box 53274 Atlanta, GA  30355