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Scholarships For DACA-mented/ Undocumented Students

Last updated February 26, 2020

If you're a undocumented or DACAmented student, finding financial aid for college can be tricky.  Undocumented students do not qualify for federal aid, and  only a handful of states offer state grants to undocumented students. There are a number of scholarships for undocumented students out there, however.   Here is a list to start from:

Looking for colleges that support undocumented/DACA-protected students in the admission process, with financial aid and scholarships, and on-campus in their community? Check out our Undocumented And College Bound college search tool!

1. The Dream.US National Scholarship  is for high school or first-time college students and community college graduates. Students can earn up to $14,500 for an associate's degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree. It closes on February 28, 2019. 

2. The Dream.US Opportunity Scholarship  is for first-time college students and is for up to $80,000 to cover tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and meals for a bachelor’s degree. and it closes January 31, 2019

4. Ayn Rand  Essay Contests offers $200 to $2,000 scholarship to 8th, 9th and 10th grade students who write compelling essays responding to novels by Ayn Rand.  

5.  The Scholarship for Prospective Educators offers $500 - $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors planning on majoring in education. The deadline is in April. 

6. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund  offers awards based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

7.  Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund offers $2,000 scholarship for students who demonstrate academic excellence, civic engagement, leadership and financial need reinforces Latino Resources mission of increasing Latino leadership through college completion and civic engagement.

8. PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship offers $5,000 scholarship for an incoming or continuing full-time undergraduate student at any educational institution for the upcoming academic year. Award recipients will be required to complete 30 hours of service to the Cesar Chavez Foundation within 12 months of award. 

9.   California Dream Act Scholarships offers varies. Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who attended a California high school for a minimum of three years and will enroll in an accredited California college or university. Applicant must be a non-resident applying under AB 540 and AB 131.

10. Becca's Closet Scholarships offers $1,000. Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors who have made an outstanding, documented contribution to his or her local community through the creation of or involvement in a Becca’s Closet chapter or Becca’s Closet organized through a supporting organization. Applicant must a U.S. Citizen, legal resident or DACA-eligible.

11. Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship offers a $1,000 scholarship twice each year to one talented student who is majoring in a field related to sustainability. This money may be used to pay for tuition, books or living expenses.

12. National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships offer a number of scholarships ranging from $1,500-$5,000 to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, broadcast, digital or photojournalism who have at least a 3.0 GPA.

13. eQuality Scholarship offers $6,000 scholarships for students who are residents of Northern or Central California (but may study elsewhere) who have demonstrated service in the LGBTQ+ community. Only 70 people applied for this scholarship in 2017!

14. Microsoft Diversity Scholarship offers scholarships to underrepresented student groups (including undocumented students) that cover a significant portion of their tuition. Applicants must be pursuing a STEM field degree and hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

15. Point Foundation Scholarship offers scholarships to seniors in high school enrolling in a U.S. 4-year college. Must identify as LGBTQ+. Community college students, trade students or online programs do not qualify.

16. The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship offers scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate leadership, academic competitiveness, community involvement, and financial need. Undocumented and DACA recipients are encouraged to apply.

17. 826 Valencia Scholarships offers scholarships of $10,000 or more to first-generation students in the Bay Area/San Francisco, CA who have participated in 826 Valencia programming at some point during their schooling.

18. The Ascend Fund NY offers scholarships of $10,000 or more and mentorship to students in New York City, regardless of their background or citizenship. 

19. BMI Student Composer Award offers students from countries in the Western Hemisphere who are studying music scholarships of $500-$5000. 

20. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute SHRM Scholar-Intern Program offers paid internships to students from Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Los Angeles, CA, and San Diego, CA who are interested in human services/resources careers. 

21. Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship offers $501-$1000 scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in teaching and are the children of a migrant worker.

22. Kennedy Memorial King Scholarship offers scholarships of $2501-$5000 to minority students from Diablo Valley, Contra Costa, or Los Medanos Colleges.

23. Napa County Hispanic Network Scholarship offers scholarships of $501-$1000 to students from Napa County, CA.

24. Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship offers scholarships of $501-$6000 to students from the South Bay Area, CA.

25. The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship offers scholarships of $20,000 to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities.

26. The California Association of Collectors Educational Scholarship offers scholarships of $1500-$2500 to high school juniors who will be attending any accredited public or private college, university, or trade school within 12 months of the scholarship award.

27. The Peninsula College Fund Program offers scholarships of $3000/year and mentoring to low-income, first-generation students from the Bay Area, CA. 

28. Education First Scholarship offers scholarships of up $5000 to students in EF Chapter cities including, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, and Portland.

29. McConnell Foundation Scholarships offers scholarships of up to $10,000 to students in Northern California who are within the McConnell foundation service area. 

30. Society of Exploration Geophysicists offers scholarships of up to $10,000 to students interested in pursuing an education in geophysics and related geo-sciences.

31. DiversityJobs Scholarship offers scholarships of $3000 per year to undergraduate students of all backgrounds and regardless of citizenship attending a DiversityJobs Scholarship partner college. 

32. Gary Yoshimura Scholarship offers scholarships of $2400 to students pursuing an undergraduate education in public relations. 

33. RTDNF Journalism Scholarships offers scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism.

34. SCW Dreamers Scholarship offers scholarships of up  to $2500 to immigrants under the age of 25, who  entered the United States before age 16 and have lived continuously in the country for at least five years.

35. The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship offers scholarships to all current high school seniors, and college freshman, sophomores and juniors (ages 27 and younger) who demonstrate an active commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and taking on roles of public service and leadership.

36. Mapes Law Offices Scholarship offers scholarships of $1000 to high school seniors and above who demonstrate financial need. No demonstration of U.S. citizenship is required. 

37. AORN Foundation Scholarships offers scholarships to students whNMF Primary Care Leadership Program o are pursuing a career in nursing by pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.

38. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarships offers scholarships of up to $5000 to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

39. Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship provides support for a student with a history of migrating for employment in agriculture who has successfully completed one year of college to cover expenses beyond what the youth is entitled to in federal/state and other scholarship assistance.

40. Robin M. Urbanski Scholarship offers scholarships of $1000 to students who have mentored others and are studying public relations. 

41. SHPE Foundation Scholarship Program offers scholarships from $2,501- $5,000 for students interested in STEM ( science, technology, engineering & math).

42. Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship _ Chicano Organizing& Research in Education offers scholarships from $501- $1,000 for Chicano, Latino descent, Undocumented student, or someone who was born outside of the US but lives here without legal permission from the federal government.

43. Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship offers scholarships to Chicana/Latina women in Northern California.

44. LatPro Scholarship offers scholarships to students who have registered for LatProês scholarship program.

45. Golden Apple Scholarships of Illinois offers scholarships to those interested in teaching. 

46. Golden Doors Scholars  offers scholarships to those who are seeking to obtain an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or a related field. 

47. CUNY BECAS scholarships up to $6,730 for current and prospective CUNY undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarship winners are selected based on academic achievement, financial need, and commitment to service in the Mexican and/or immigrant community. 

48.  Los Hermanos De Stanford scholarship is for Latino/Latino students who are graduating from high school with plans to attend any two or four year institution of higher learning. Attending Stanford University is not a requirement. Applicants will be judged on their contributions to the guiding principles of Los Hermanos de Stanford: community service, academic excellence, and cultural awareness. 

49. Mexican-American Dream Scholarships are for immigrants, children of immigrants, AB-540 or DACA students who are pursuing their dream of completing a higher education degree.  

50. Scholarship America Dream Awards are scholarships up to $15,000 open to DACA students who have a 3.0 GPA, financial need and plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational-technical school. 

51. The Davis Putter Scholarship Fund offers $8,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline is in April.

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