Scholarships For DACA Recipients & Undocumented Students
Last updated November 22, 2022
If you're an undocumented or DACA 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. However, there are a number of scholarships for undocumented students out there!
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Scholarship Resource Guide // Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
MALDEF's scholarship resource guide is updated annually to help students, parents, and educators find good scholarship opportunities. MALDEF also offers helpful scholarship advice and things to consider when applying to scholarships, both in English and Spanish, to help students better understand their options.
Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders // United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: November 30, 2022
This scholarship is available to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or undocumented).
Your Time to Climb Scholarship // Tenge Law Firm
Deadline: December 1, 2022
This scholarship is available to all students in the United States. Must be a citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient to qualify. Applicants must write a short essay (500-1,000 words) answering the following prompt: “Tell us about a time you pushed yourself because you wanted something. Did you succeed? What did you learn from the experience?”
Scholarships // Hispanic Education Endowment Fund
Amount: Awards start at $2,500
Deadline: December 31, 2022
This organization aims to help enhance Hispanic youths' educational opportunities and to improve students’ educational expectations in the Orange County area. They hope to help Hispanic students overcome financial barriers and work towards a higher education.
Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarships // Chicana Latina Foundation
Deadline: Applications open January 1, 2023
This scholarship is offered to Latina students in Northern California. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma, or Yolo. Applicants must have lived in one of the above counties for at least two years.
Scholarship // Latino Scholarship Fund
Deadline: Application opens February 2023
Latino Scholarship Fund to advance the education and career opportunities of Latino students in the Fairfield County & New Milford area in Connecticut.
Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship // Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Fund
Amount: $6,000 for two years
Deadline: February 17, 2023
This scholarship is awarded to a few students who transfer in the fall or spring following the award from Contra Costa County community colleges to junior standing in four-year accredited institutions.
College Scholarships // The Vegetarian Resource Group
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: February 20, 2023
Graduating high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities are eligible for these scholarships.
SEG Scholarships // Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: March 1, 2023
SEG offers scholarships of up to $10,000 to students interested in pursuing an education in geophysics and related geo-sciences.
CA Dream Act // California Student Aid Commission
Deadline: March 2, 2023
This application 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.
ScholarSHPE //Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Deadline: April 30, 2023
SHPE offers scholarships of up to $5000 to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
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Cooke College Scholarship // Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Amount: Up to $55,000
Deadline: November 17, 2022
This foundation offers a scholarship each year to students who show financial need and hope to attend some of the nation's best colleges.
Opportunity Scholarship // The Dream.Us
Amount: Up to $80,000
Deadline: Applications open November 1, 2022
This scholarship is available to those living in states that don't offer financial aid to undocumented students. The funds can be used at one of the organization's opportunity partner colleges. The award is renewable each year – but you must meet the continuing eligibility criteria – including continuous full-time enrollment.
National Scholarship // The Dream.Us
Amount: Up to $30,000
Deadline: Applications open November 1, 2022
This scholarship will cover your tuition and fees up to a maximum of $16,500 for an associate degree and $33,000 for a bachelor’s degree at one of the organization's 70+ partner colleges across the country. The award is renewable each year – but you must meet the continuing eligibility criteria – including continuous full-time enrollment.
Golden Door Scholarship // Golden Doors Scholars
Deadline: October 23, 2022
Recent high school graduates and current college undergrads with a high GPA, has held leadership positions or is involved in their community, and are actively applying to other scholarships are eligible for this scholarship.
No-Essay Scholarship // Scholarships360
Deadline: September 30, 2022
To be considered for a $1,000 scholarship, simply create an account on Scholarships 360 and sign up for email newsletters. Engagement in these newsletters will help boost your chances of winning as well as provide you with other scholarships that you can enter into! It's a win-win situation!
National Match Scholarship // QuestBridge
Deadline: September 27, 2022
Match Scholarship Recipients are granted early admission to one of QuestBridge's college partners with a full four-year scholarship, worth over $200,000.
La Luz Scholarship // Peña & Co. Consulting
Deadline: September 15, 2022
This scholarship was designed to "light the path to success for first-gens (first-generation college students) across the nation." This scholarship is available to all incoming and current undergraduate students in the U.S. Applicants must write a maximum 500-word essay answering the prompt: How has being a first-generation college student impacted your academic journey? How will this scholarship support you financially? Winners will be announced on National First-Generation College Student Day (November 8).
Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship // National Aids Memorial
Deadline: July 15, 2022
This scholarship is available 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.
Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program // University of Washington
Amount: Up to $12,000 per year for 3 years
Deadline: July 1, 2022
This program enables Washington State Community College students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their baccalaureate degrees at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Arthur H. Goodman Scholarship // CDC Loans
Deadline: June 30, 2022
This scholarship provides financial assistance to dynamic, community-minded women and minority students transitioning from a community college in California or Arizona to four-year universities.
WIA Foundation Scholarship // Women in Aerospace Foundation
Deadline: June 21, 2022
WIA aims to provide scholarships to women interested in a career in the aerospace field to pursue higher education degrees in engineering, math or science. One or more awards of $2,000 will be given each year to a rising senior in college, to be applied during the upcoming academic year.
Academic Scholarship // AORN Foundation
Deadline: June 15, 2022
Students who are pursuing a career in nursing by pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree are eligible for this scholarship.
Scholarships // Prism Foundation
Deadline: June 5, 2022
Prism Foundation provides scholarships to empower students who are making a positive impact on the Asian & Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ communities. Students who attend college and trade/vocational schools are eligible to apply. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply.
California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program // CLLCF
Deadline: June 1, 2022
CLLCF invites all California residents who show financial need to apply. Several winners will be awarded $5,000 that will go towards educational purposes.
Achieving the Dream Scholarship // First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Deadline: May 15, 2022
To qualify, students must be of Hispanic/Latino descent, live in one of the First Coast five counties, have a 3.0 GPA, complete an application which includes two short essays, and send official transcripts for their selection committee to review.
Gary Yoshimura Scholarship // PRSA Foundation
Deadline: April 30, 2022
PRSA Foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate education in public relations.
Robin M. Urbanski Scholarship // PRSA Foundation
Deadline: April 30, 2022
PRSA Foundation offers scholarships to students who have mentored others and are studying public relations.
Scholarship // Los Hermanos de Stanford
Deadline: April 29, 2022
This scholarship is for Latinx 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.
Esperanza Fund Scholarship // Esperanza Education Fund
Amount: Up to $20,000
Deadline: April 1, 2022
The Esperanza Education Fund provides scholarships to students from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC who are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
Becca's Closet Scholarships // Becca's Closet
Amount: Varies; Minimum award $1,000
Deadline: March 31, 2022
These 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.
BECA Foundation General Scholarship // BECA Foundation
Deadline: March 30, 2022
If you are a senior at a San Diego high school and will be attending a college in the fall, try applying to this scholarship!
Education First Scholarships // Education First
Deadline: March 18, 2022
Education First offers scholarships of to students in EF Chapter cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, and Portland.
HSF Scholarships // Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Scholars are selected based on merit. Award amounts range from $500 - $5,000, based on relative need.
POE Scholarships // Pursuit of Excellence
Deadline: February 28, 2022
This organization offers scholarships of $500-$6000 to students from the South Bay Area, CA.
Mexican Studies Scholarship // CUNY
Amount: Up to $7,500
Deadline: February 28, 2022
This scholarship is available to 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.
NAHJ Scholarships // National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Amount: Varies; Up to $10,000
Deadline: February 18, 2022
Theses scholarships are available 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.
Ascend Educational Fund Scholarship // Ascend Fund NY
Deadline: February 11, 2022
Ascend Fund offers scholarships to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school to attend public or private colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.
RTDNF Journalism Scholarships // Radio Television Digital News Association
Deadline: February 3, 2022
These scholarships are open to college students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full time college sophomores, juniors, or seniors in good standing.
Point Scholarships // Point Foundation
Deadline: January 26, 2022
This scholarship is offered 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.
eQuality Scholarship // eQuality Scholarship Collaborative
Deadline: January 31, 2022
These scholarships are available to students who are residents of Northern or Central California (but may study elsewhere) who have demonstrated service in the LGBTQ+ community.
Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship //Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2021
This scholarship is offered twice each year to one talented high school or undergraduate student who is majoring in a field related to sustainability. This money may be used to pay for tuition, books or living expenses.
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