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Current Scholarship Information

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.

2020 Scholarship Winners

Jorgann Holgerson

Jorgann Holgersen is no stranger to our Camile Pahwa Scholarship program. This is the second year in a row where she has been awarded for her scholastic ambitions. She is studying for her bachelors in science of biology with a minor in chemistry and a minor in health professions.  She is pursuing the pre-medical track and hopes to begin medical school in the fall of 2023.

Melissa Selinas

As a 2-time recipient of a scholarship, Melissa Selinas recently received her Associates of Science degree from Coastal Bend College in Beeville, TX. She is returning to college to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse, which has been her goal since she first applied for the Camile Pahwa Scholarship program in 2018.

Past Scholarship Winners

2019 Scholarship Winners

Myat May

Myat May attends the University of Texas at Austin for their MS in Finance program. She holds an undergraduate degree in medical humanities which she completed in 3 years and with a 3.7 GPA. She intends to become a healthcare administrator, motivated in part by her firsthand experience watching her mother navigate the health care system with chronic mental health issues and wanting to end the cycle of poverty in her family.

Jorgann Holgersen

Jorgann Holgersen currently attends Texas Tech University with an ultimate goal of becoming a trauma surgeon. Jorgann is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, certified in CPR and First Aid and had completed 36 hours of college credits while attending high school. She has expressed her extreme gratitude to those who donate to scholarship funds for students like her and those who bring those scholarships to the attention of young adults that are aspiring to continue their education and reach for their dreams.

2018 Scholarship Winners

Jaide Williams

Jaide Williams

Jaide is a 2nd grade student that will be attending Summer Enrichment Camp in Houston.  She would like to learn Spanish and is excited to have fun participating in all of the program’s activities.

Raven Bronson

Raven Bronson

Raven will receive a minimum of $1000 to attend Prairie View A&M University seeking a degree in nursing. She has been active in her school’s AVID and varsity track programs for all 4 years. She also volunteers with Y-snap summer food program and has helped with the Faith Temple COGIC Hurricane Harvey evacuation shelter.  Raven enjoys singing in her church choir and trail riding. 

Melissa Salinas

Melissa Salinas

Melissa will receive a minimum of $1000 to continue her education at Coastal Bend College in Beeville. She is currently working on her Associates of Science degree, after which she’ll apply for acceptance into the school’s nursing program.   In high school, Melissa was an All-round athlete, All-American cheerleader, and a medaled member of band.  She was also active in her church youth group, helping with bible school and volunteering with a homeless shelter in Corpus Christi.   Melissa is currently participating in a Work/Study with Coastal Bend College.

Asia Crooke

Asia will receive an award of up to $500 to attend Houston Community College’s Medical Assistant program in the Fall 2018. Her goal is to become a pediatric nurse because she enjoys caring for kids, especially infants. She works full time and is described as a hardworking and energetic by her peers.

Cordette Stevens

Cordette Stevens

Cordette received an award of up to $500 to attend DeVry University to obtain her bachelors in Business Management.  Cordette was a Camile Pahwa grant recipient in 2009 and used the fund to help her obtain her associates degree from Columbia College.  She is employed by the Liberty County Board of Education for the past 24 years, and volunteers as an election clerk for the county.

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