Supporting Exceptional Students from Rural America!

The CARH Scholarship Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 entity from CARH that provides college scholarships to exceptional students who reside in CARH-member properties. The Foundation was created in 2005 to promote education and expand opportunities for residents of affordable rural housing. CARH started with two scholarships in 2005, added a third in 2010, a fourth in 2013, a fifth scholarship in 2015, a sixth scholarship was added in 2020, and a seventh scholarship — open to eligible graduate school applicants — was added in 2023. Beginning in 2023, each scholarship provides $2,000 per semester for up to eight semester. ($1,500 was awarded per semester from 2016 – 2022. Prior to 2016, $1,000 per semester was awarded.)

The CARH scholarships are named after James L. Poehlman, Gordon L. Blackwell and Jack Godin, Jr., three CARH members who were instrumental in the association’s success. The 4th scholarship is the CRHD Founders Scholarship, and honors all of the founding members of the Council for Rural Housing Development (CRHD) which is the precursor to the current CARH. The 5th scholarship is the CARH Scholarship Foundation Scholarship, and is named after the Foundation. The sixth scholarship was name after CARH. The seventh scholarship is named in honor of Charyl K. Luth, former co-chair of CARH’s State Affiliated Association Committee and long-time Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Association of Indiana.

CARH and the Foundation thank all of our members for their support of the Scholarship Fund!

Support the CARH Scholarship Foundation with a donation today! Donations to the 501(c)3 CARH Scholarship Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The CARH Scholarship Foundation thanks the following companies for their Extremely Generous Donations in 2024.

Cinnaire – $20,000
Churchill Stateside Group – $15,000
HD Supply – $12,000



Applications for the 2024 Foundation Scholarships are no longer being accepted. 2025 applications will be available later this year. Visit the Applications page for more information.