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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.

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.

Past Scholarship Winners

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.

2013 Scholarship Winners

Yadira Uyoa

Yadira Uyoa a resident of Grove Park Terrace, a 60 unit community in Waxahachie, Texas received a 2013 $750 Camile Pahwa Scholarship. Ms. Uyoa is a single mother, part time hair stylist, and a full-time student at Navarro College. Yadira is currently studying to obtain a degree in General Sciences from Navarro College. Yadira is in the process of applying to the Nursing program at Navarro College along with other area colleges for admission.

Magdabeatrice Cerna

Magdabeatrice Cerna a resident of Westview Ranch, a 72 unit community in Pearsall, Texas received a 2013 $750 Camile Pahwa Scholarship. Maggie is currently enrolled in Kaplan College in San Antonio, Texas pursing a Nursing degree. Maggie is in her last semester of college finishing her rotations and clinicals for the nursing program. She is set to graduate in December of 2013. With the funds from the Camile Pahwa Scholarship Maggie intends to purchase supplies to help her finish her clinicals.

Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers a resident of The Bluestone, a 76 unit community in Mabank, Texas received a 2013 $350 Camile Pahwa Scholarship. Lisa is currently enrolled at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas where she is pursuing a certificate degree in Management. She is expected to graduate in December 2013. Ms. Rogers was a past recipient of the Camile Pahwa scholarship in 2012 where she received $350. The funds from the 2012 scholarship helped her achieve a certificate from Trinity Valley Community College in Office Technology.

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