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Scholarships For DACA Recipients & Undocumented Students

Last updated February 5, 2024

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. 

Scholarships // Hispanic Education Endowment Fund

Amount: Awards start at $2,500

Deadline: Applications open mid-October 2023

These scholarships are available to first-generation, Latinx high school students in Orange County, California. Applicants must be planning to enroll full-time at a four-year college or university and demonstrate financial need through the completion of a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. 

PCF Scholarships // The Peninsula College Fund

Amount: $3,000 per school year

Deadline: February 9, 2024

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must attend a public or private high school in San Mateo or Santa Clara County, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8, be a first-generation college student, and demonstrate financial need. The PCF application is open to undocumented students as well as students who have DACA status.

McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship // McDonald's

Amount: $5,000-$100,000

Deadline: February 13, 2024

High school seniors who have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum 2.8 GPA are eligible to apply for this scholarship. DACA recipients are eligible to apply.

National Scholarship // The Dream.Us

Amount: $16,500-$33,000

Deadline: February 29, 2024

This scholarship is available to immigrant students with or without DACA or TPS who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and before Nov. 1, 2017, and qualify for in-state tuition at one of the organization's 80+ Partner Colleges. 

Beauty and Wellness Professionals Scholarship // Beauty Schools Directory

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: March 1, 2024

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.

Foundation 649 Scholarship // Foundation 649

Amount: $4,000 over four years

Deadline: March 1, 2024

This scholarship is for Asian American and Pacific Islander students who are seeking a college degree and have a track record of involvement and interest in AAPI communities, issues, or causes. Applicants must write a maximum 1,000 word essay to be considered. Undocumented students are welcome to apply.

CA Dream Act // California Student Aid Commission

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 2, 2024

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.

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

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2024

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. DACA recipients are eligible to apply.

Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship // Harrington Family Foundation

Amount: $20,000 over four years

Deadline: March 31, 2024

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. No citizenship requirements to apply.

Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarships // Chicana Latina Foundation

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: March 31, 2024

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.

Esperanza Fund Scholarship // Esperanza Education Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2024

Applicants must have been born outside of the U.S. or have two parents who were born outside of the US. Must be a 2024 graduating senior at a high school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia OR have earned a GED within the last four years and reside in District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia. Must plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public two-year community college or four-year university in the US for the 2024 - 2025 academic year. Must have had a household income in 2023 of less than $100,000. 

Davis-Putter Scholarship // Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Amount: Up to $15,000

Deadline: April 1, 2024

In order to be eligible for the Davis Putter Scholarship, you need to be involved in movements for progressive social change, enrolled in a degree, trade or training program, and have financial need. U.S. citizenship is not required to apply, but applicants must have participated in activities in the United States and be planning to enroll in an accredited program in the U.S. 

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Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors and Recent High School Graduates // eQuality Scholarship Collaborative

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Applicants must reside in Northern or Central California. Must complete high school by June 2024 and plan to attend college for the first time in 2024. No citizenship requirements to apply.

Global Citizen Scholarship // MPOWER Financing

Amount: $2,000-$10,000

Deadline: January 31, 2024

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

Rise to Legacy HBCU Scholarship // Get Schooled

Amount: $2,500
 
Deadline: December 31, 2023
 
High school juniors and seniors interested in attending an HBCU are eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship is designed to get you thinking about your HBCU college path after high school. Two (2) scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded. No citizenship requirements to apply.

First-Gen Trailblazers Scholarship // Get Schooled

Amount: $2,500
 
Deadline: December 31, 2023
 
High school juniors and seniors who will be the first in their family to go to college are eligible for this scholarship. All you have to do is answer three short questions about your plans after high school. Two (2) scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded. No citizenship requirements to apply.

Reach For Your Peak Scholarship 2023 // Get Schooled

Amount: $2,000
 
Deadline: December 31, 2023
 
Get Schooled is awarding seven (7) $2,000 scholarships to high school juniors and seniors living in Oregon and Washington states. This scholarship is designed to get you thinking about your college path after high school as you pursue opportunities. No citizenship requirements to apply.

Your Time to Climb Scholarship // Tenge Law Firm

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: December 1, 2023

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: $500-$1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2023

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).

Golden Door Scholarship // Golden Doors Scholars

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 1, 2023

High school seniors, recent high school graduates, and current college students are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must have one of the following documentation or immigration statuses:

  • DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • U-1 visa
  • Pending Asylum case open with USCIS
  • Pending Refugee
  • Undocumented

US citizens, permanent residents, or F1 visa holders are not eligible to apply.

National Match Scholarship // QuestBridge

Amount: $200,000

Deadline: September 26, 2023

Match Scholarship Recipients are granted early admission to one of QuestBridge's college partners with a full four-year scholarship, worth over $200,000.

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. Non-citizens are welcome to apply.

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. All students, irrespective of immigration status, are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

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?”

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.

HSF Scholarships // Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Amount: $500-$5,000

Deadline: February 15, 2023

Scholars are selected based on merit. Award amounts range based on relative need. DACA recipients are eligible to apply.

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