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Contests & Awards

Mid-Atlantic AHMA members can gain further recognition of their outstanding work through various programs, awards and contests sponsored by NAHMA. In addition, residents of member properties can apply for scholarships for post-secondary education that allow them to earn degrees in nursing, business, the arts, education, trades and more. A list of opportunities available to MA-AHMA members is below.

Communities of Quality Awards

Affordable housing providers who create safe, attractive, well-maintained properties that are neighborhood assets deserve to be recognized for their outstanding achievements. That’s why NAHMA created the Communities of Quality® (COQ) National Recognition and Awards program. When your property meets NAHMA’s high standards in physical maintenance, financial management, programs and services, employee credentials and other criteria, it becomes a member of an elite group. COQ properties qualify for regional and national awards, a listing in an online registry of the country’s top affordable properties, and the use of COQ marketing materials.

The NAHMA Scholarship Program
Awarded to a MA-AHMA member property resident

All high school seniors, high school graduates and adults holding a high school diploma or GED living at a MA-AHMA-member property can apply for scholarship grants offered through the NAHMA Educational Foundation. The Foundation is a privately funded nonprofit created in 1994 that awarded its first scholarships in 2007.  It is one of a very few foundations of this type in the nation. Since 2007, the NAHMA Educational Foundation has awarded $179,500 in scholarships to students who were enrolled or enrolling in a community college, a four-year college or a trade or technical school.

Poster/Calendar Contest

Each year, MA-AHMA participates in the NAHMA Educational Foundation’s poster/calendar art contest.  MA-AHMA member property managers encourage the creation and submission of artwork by children and seniors and/or disabled residents. The artwork is first judged by MA-AHMA, with winning entries then forwarded on to the national competition. National winners are featured in the next year’s calendar, which is sold through NAHMA.  In addition to local prizes offered by MA-AHMA, NAHMA awards the following prizes.

  1. Grand Prize Winner – $2,500 Check and Trip to Washington, D.C.
  2. National Winners – $1,000 Check
  3. Elderly/Disabled & Special Needs – $1,000 Check for Use at Their Community
  4. Honorable Mentions – $100 Check

2019 Poster Contest for the 2020 Calendar

Submission Deadline: April 5, 2019

General Information

How Artwork Submissions are Judged

Entries are judged on the artist’s ability to create a submission with the contest theme.  Specifically judges consider the following:

  • Interpretation of the theme
  • Originality
  • Quality-Is the artwork submission appealing to the eye?
  • Overall artistic ability—Does the artwork submission show some degree of creativity and skill for its age group? Will the submission be able to be reproduced with reasonable quality and clarity?

Theme: Sharing Our Stories
Sub-Category: “Learning from Others, Young and Old”

Children can formulate ideas on how to succeed in life and use that for their artwork. When you believe in yourself, you can do anything you put your mind to and be successful!  The new sub-category can be used to get the children thinking of positive role models (e.g., parents, teachers, clergy, mentors, sports figures or others) that have a positive impact on their lives and create artwork to reflect that role model.

Senior Component & Residents with Special Needs

Senior residents who are 55 and over and residents with special needs and live in a Mid-Atlantic AHMA community can now participate in the art/calendar contest.  The contestant can produce an image that demonstrates how good it is when you expand your knowledge and learn. What would he or she like young people to know about being positive in life and how they can believe in themselves and succeed?  Be one of the role models for our young people to look up to.


Download Contest Information and Rules Here

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