MIAMI (CBS4)- Low-income students who plan to attend college may get some financial help from a Miami-Dade community agency.

The Miami-Dade Community Action Agency’s (CAA) Community Advisory Committees (CAC) is accepting applications from February 11, 2011 through March 11, 2011 for educational scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each.

The scholarships are awarded to individuals between the ages of 16 to 25-years-old and will assist them with reaching their educational goals.

To qualify, candidates must be currently enrolled in a college or vocational institution or will be attending a college or vocational institution in the Fall of 2011.

According to CAA, the student’s annual household income must not exceed 125% of the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Poverty Income Guidelines.

The CAC target areas include, but not limited to the communities of Little Havana, Allapattah, Brownsville, Coconut Grove, Culmer, Edison/Little River, Florida City, Goulds, Hialeah, Liberty City, Naranja, Opa-Locka, Perrine, South Beach, South Miami and Wynwood.

The selection criteria is based on the student’s academic achievement, which requires at least a “C” average to qualify. Other requirements include performing community service hours and any employment during the candidate’s junior or senior year.

Individuals interested in applying for the scholarship may obtain an application at any of the Miami-Dade Community Service Centers, or may download the application and requirements from the County portal at

Applicants will be notified upon approval of the awards, according to the agency.

For additional information, call the Miami-Dade Community Action Agency at 786-469-4600 or visit their Website.

Comments (2)
  1. FYI says:

    There was a person several years ago observe what you saw and wanted to start a scholarship for poor white people. He was not able to because it was considered racist. Sad but true,

  2. Monica Thompson says:

    It’s great to see community action agencies still able to provide some assistance. However, in light of the President’s seeming determination to demonstrate his concern about deficit spending by cutting back on the Community Services Block Grant dramatically, I wonder if allowing applicants up to 125% of the income limit for other CSBG services is wise.

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