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Scholarships For DACA Recipients & Undocumented Students

Last updated May 22, 2023

50+ Scholarships For DACA Students

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! 

Disclaimer: Some scholarship websites or organizations found on this list may sell your personal information to third parties, including (but not limited to): your name, email address, home address, and phone number. While we aim to share scholarships and scholarship websites that do not sell any student data, we know that those with larger money scholarships may. We encourage you to always be intentional about the scholarships you apply to and the information you share with them.

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Scholarship Resource Guide // Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

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. 

Ted & Holly Rollins Scholarship // Ted & Holly Rollins Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 1, 2023

Applicants must write a few essays of 500 words each. Scholarships will be awarded to "high school seniors based on the most compelling stories -- regarding their life story, their intended field of study, career and how they will make an impact on the world."

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California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program// CLLCF

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 1, 2023

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students or high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must submit two letters of recommendation.

Arthur H. Goodman Scholarship // CDC Loans

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 2, 2023

This scholarship provides financial assistance to dynamic, community-minded women and minority students transferring from a community college in California or Arizona to four-year universities.

WIA Foundation Scholarship // Women in Aerospace Foundation

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: June 13, 2023

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.

Scholarships // Prism Foundation

Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Deadline: June 30, 2023

This scholarship is open to students who attend community college, university, and trade/vocational school. Applicants should have a strong history of engagement within the API and/or LGBTQIA+ communities.

Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program // University of Washington Seattle

Amount: Up to $12,000 per year for 3 years

Deadline: July 1, 2023

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.

Global Citizen Scholarship // MPOWER Financing

Amount: Grand Prize - $2,000-$10,000

Deadline: July 15, 2023

To be eligible, you must be a DACA recipient enrolled in a full-time college degree program in the U.S.

Beauty and Wellness Professionals Scholarship // Beauty Schools Directory

Amount: Up to $2,500

Deadline: September 1, 2023

This scholarship is available to high school seniors and college students who are currently studying or planning to study at a beauty or cosmetology school. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible. All U.S. residents and DACA recipients are eligible to apply. 

No-Essay Scholarship // Scholarships360

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30, 2023

To be considered for a $1,000 scholarship, simply create an account on Scholarships 360 and sign up for email newsletters. 

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BECA General Scholarship // BECA Foundation

Amount: $500-$1,000

Deadline: February 5, 2024

San Diego high school seniors with plans to begin college in the fall of 2024 are eligible for this scholarship. Must submit two letters of recommendation.

BECA Alice Newell Joslyn Medical Scholarship // BECA Foundation

Amount: $500-$2,000

Deadline: February 5, 2024

High school seniors and college undergraduates studying to be a healthcare professional are eligible for this scholarship. Must submit two letters of recommendation. 

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Achieving the Dream Scholarship // First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May 15, 2023

Applicants must have at least one parent or grandparent of Hispanic descent. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Must reside in one of the following five counties in Florida: Duval, Baker, St. Johns, Clay, or Nassau.

ScholarSHPE // Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Amount: Varies

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.

HSC Scholars Program // Hispanic Scholarship Consortium

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: April 30, 2023

This scholarship is open to students of Hispanic/Latino heritage who plan to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must reside in Texas, but U.S. citizenship is not required.

Husband and Wife Law Team Scholarship // Breyer Law Offices PC

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 29, 2023

Arizona graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students who are U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients can apply for this scholarship. Applicants must submit a 500-1,000 word essay answering the following prompt: “Describe in your own words what makes a great leader. Talk about a time you stepped into a leadership role and what lessons you learned or insights you gained. As a leader, how do you plan to continue to support your community in the future?”

Davis-Putter Scholarship // Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies (up to $15,000)

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Applicants must write a 1,000 word essay about their experience with progressive social activity, as well as their long-term goals and how they plan to achieve them. A complete application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a completed FAFSA must also be submitted.

Esperanza Fund Scholarship // Esperanza Education Fund

Amount: Up to $20,000

Deadline: April 1, 2023

The Esperanza Education Fund provides scholarships to students from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC who are immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Scholarship // Latino Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Latino Scholarship Fund to advance the education and career opportunities of Latino students in the Fairfield County & New Milford area in Connecticut.

Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarships // Chicana Latina Foundation

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: March 31, 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.

Becca's Closet Scholarships // Becca's Closet

Amount: Varies; Minimum award $1,000

Deadline: March 31, 2023

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.

Education First Scholarships // Education First

Amount: $5,500

Deadline: March 17, 2023

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

HOLA at Microsoft Scholarship // Microsoft

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 15, 2023

This scholarship is available to Latinx high school seniors who need assistance paying for college. Must be planning to study Engineering, Computer Science, or Business in college. Must have a high school GPA of 3.0 and higher. DACA recipients are eligible to apply.

Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship // Harrington Family Foundation

Amount: $20,000 over four years

Deadline: March 10, 2023

The Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship is a renewable four-year collegiate scholarship program for current Oregon high school seniors who are emerging leaders, and plan to attend an Oregon trade school, college or university.

CA Dream Act // California Student Aid Commission

Amount: Varies

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.

Foundation 649 Scholarship // Foundation 649

Amount: $4,000 over 4 years

Deadline: March 1, 2023

This scholarship is for Asian American/Pacific Islander students. Applicants must write a 1,000 word essay to be considered. Undocumented students are welcome to apply.

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.

POE Scholarships // Pursuit of Excellence

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 28, 2023

This organization offers scholarships of $500-$6000 to students from the South Bay Area, CA.

National Scholarship // The Dream.Us

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 28, 2023

This scholarship is available to current high school seniors and students previously or currently enrolled in college. Applicants must be undocumented with or without DACA or TPS, have come to the United States before November 1, 2017, and have continuously lived here since then. The amount of your annual award will be based on the cost of tuition and fees based on your enrollment status.

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.

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.

PCF Scholarships // The Peninsula College Fund

Amount: $3,000 per school year

Deadline: February 17, 2023

This college fund offers scholarships and mentoring to low-income, first-generation, and undocumented students attending any accredited college or university in the United States. Must have a 2.8 GPA or higher and demonstrate financial need.

HSF Scholarships // Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Amount: $500-$5,000

Deadline: February 15, 2023

Scholars are selected based on merit. Award amounts range from $500 - $5,000, based on relative need.

eQuality Scholarship // eQuality Scholarship Collaborative

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: January 31, 2023

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.

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.

Your Time to Climb Scholarship // Tenge Law Firm

Amount: $2,000

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?”

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).

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.

Golden Door Scholarship // Golden Doors Scholars

Amount: Varies

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.

National Match Scholarship // QuestBridge

Amount: $200,000

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.

Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship // National Aids Memorial

Amount: Varies

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.

Scholarship // Los Hermanos de Stanford

Amount: $500-$1,000

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.

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

Amount: $2,500-$20,000

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.

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