What is L.E.A.D.?

Established in 2012, L.E.A.D. (Learn. Educate. Advance. Degree.) is a tuition assistance program offered by the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem. Funded through a Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust grant, the purpose of L.E.A.D. is to help tenants currently residing in our public housing communities remove financial barriers associated with achieving post-secondary education and training. The scholarship provides an award of up to $5,000 (depending on available funds) for traditional and non-traditional aged students who will attend an accredited vocational/technical school, community college, or college/university. Scholarships may be applied to the cost of tuition, books, fees, and other expenses associated with enrollment in a post-secondary institution.


  • Promote advanced education as a trusted tool in achieving gainful employment and overall self-sufficiency 
  • Alleviate the financial burden of debt associated with obtaining post-secondary education and training
  • Build formidable relationships with local educational centers, community colleges, institutions, and workforce development training agencies to better service our public housing communities

Do I qualify?

Qualified applicants must:

  • Reside in a HAWS public housing community
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED
  • Have an acceptance letter and/or invoice from a prospective school
  • Be in good standing in accordance with lease

Be able to produce required documentation of identity and high school/GED completion

Are you ready to LEAD?

If you have any questions about L.E.A.D. or how to apply, please contact ROSS-L.E.A.D. Program Coordinator, Nicole Little, at (336) 917-6208.

LEAD Program Application

LEAD Program Brochure

LEAD Flyer