Scholarships

Scholarships for Immigrant and Undocumented Students

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It can be difficult to think about college when you see the price tag that some schools have. Although it is difficult for many undocumented students to receive financial aid from their educational institutions, it is still possible to afford school with other outside scholarships.

Here you will find a list of scholarships that do not inquire about immigration status or social security number.

Remember that although one scholarship may not seem like a lot on its own, a lot of small scholarships together can add up! Information here is collected from various scholarship websites, and is not guaranteed to be up to date so make sure to check the details yourself.

 

Additional Scholarship Lists

Here are a couple of websites with lists more extensive than ours. Many of the scholarships we list will be on their lists as well, but their lists also include scholarships that are not available to undocumented students and scholarships specific to regions outside of Pennsylvania.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Educators for fair consideration scholarship guide

Educators for fair consideration scholarship guide for graduate school

 

Local Scholarships

The Penn for Immigrant Rights Scholarship

Requirements:

  • Must be residing in the Greater Philadelphia area, PA
  • Must come from an immigrant family
  • Must be a current high school senior OR a high school graduate
  • Must be enrolled in an institution of higher learning the academic year following the scholarship award
  • Undocumented students are strongly encouraged to apply

 

 

Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley Rainbow Scholarship

Award: $500

Requirements:

  • Must either go to high school or be enrolled in college in one of the Lehigh Valley counties
  • Must identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or intersex

 

Beca Dr. José Castillo

Award: $1,000

Requirements:

  • Be of Mexican descent
  • Live in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey
  • Copy of acceptance letter or ID from school where you will be studying
  • Cover Letter
  • Essay


National Scholarships

Dream Scholars

Award:

  • Up to $12,500 for tuition and fees for an associate degree
  • Up to $25,000 for tuition and fees for a bachelor degree

Requirements:

  • Have GPA or GED score equal or greater than 2.5
  • Be DACA eligible AND have applied or received it
  • Be a first time college student applying to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at one of these schools

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Award: $500 – $5,000

Requirements:

  • Must be of Hispanic Heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited not-for-profit 4 year university or graduate school during FALL of scholarship cycle year
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA
  • Complete state Dream Act financial aid application (if applicable)

Golden Door Scholars

Requirements:

  • Be eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • Current high-school students, recent graduates not enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program, community college students

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Award: $1,000

Requirements:

  • Be in grades 5-12
  • Participate in volunteer activities

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Award: $1,000

Requirements:

  • Be in grades 7-12
  • Enrolled in US public school

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Award: $500 – $5,000

Requirements:

  • Registered undergraduate full-time juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States

OR

  • International or non-citizen students who fill the guideline requirements and are attending schools in the U.S

 

Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship – Chicano Organizing & Research in Education

Award: $500 – $5,000

Requirements:

  • High School Students who are going to graduate or about to take the GED exam
  • Live in the U.S, Including Puerto Rico
  • Extra-curricular involvement, which includes anything you do outside of class like community involvement, clubs

Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) Scholarship

Award: $2000, renewable for 4 years

Requirements:

  • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States.
  • First-generation college student (neither parent has earned a four-year college degree).
  • Must be attending an I’m First partner college or university.

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Requirements:

  • Be high school juniors and seniors
  • Currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution
  • Submissions must be sent by email at: scholarships@abbottandfenner.com

Aweber Email Marketing Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Requirements:

  • U.S. students
  • Must be currently enrolled as a high school senior, college freshman, sophomore, or junior
  • Complete survey (via website)
  • 500 (max) word essay (see prompts on website)

AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

Award varies

Requirements:

  • Open to undergraduates, grades 9-12, and grades 6-8 students
  • 500-1000 word essay based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical career

Davis Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Requirements:

  • Include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • Not an academic scholarship
  • 1000 (max) word essay

Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards

Award:

  • Adults – $1,000
  • Youth (13 to 18) – $200
  • Youth (12 and under) – $200

Requirements:

  • Open to people worldwide
  • Poems must be original, unpublished and in English
  • Application fee for adults and youth (13-18).
  • Send 2 copies of up to 3 typed unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem.

Barbara Wiedner and Dorothy Vandercook Peace Scholarship

Award: $250 or $500

Requirements:

  • Be a high school senior or college freshman at time of application
  • Can provide evidence of leadership and/or personal initiative in activities or in an organization (including volunteer of paid work) relating to peace and social justice, nuclear disarmament, and/or conflict resolution.
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Short autobiography

Big Dig Scholarship

Award: $3000

Requirements:

  • Must be in 12th grade or in your first or second year of college
  • 500-1000 word essay

BMI Student Composer Awards

Award: varies

Requirements:

  • Competition for young composers of classical music
  • Must be under 28 years old and enrolled in school
  • Applicants must be from the Western Hemisphere

Burger King Scholars

Award: $1000

Requirements:

  • On-line application
  • Transcript
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship

Award: $1500

Requirements:

  • Be a woman of Chicana/Latina heritage.
  • Commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute (one weekend in August after being selected and one weekend the following year in February)
  • Commit to volunteering ten (10) hours for CLF before March the year after being selected

College Peas Scholarship

Award: $500

Requirements:

  • Be a current high school student that intends to enroll full-time at a four-year college
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0.
  • 100 word essay

College Talk Scholarship

Award: $750

Requirements:

  • 600-word essay on next president

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program

Award: $1000

Requirements:

  • Nominations can be made through counselors or principals of eligible schools
  • Students must have at least a 2.8 GPA
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and display leadership abilities in school activities or through work experience

Becas Univision

Award: $5,000

Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students, community college transfers and current college students
  • Be of Hispanic heritage
  • Must be 1st Generation to attend college (neither your mother nor your father has attended college)
  • Demonstrate financial need. This is determined based on your family income, number of people that reside in your household and the number of college students in your home.

Orange County Immigrant Youth United 2015 Scholarship

Award: $250-500

Requirements:

  • A completed application form
  • Personal statement
  • Proof of current enrollment in school.Foster Care to Success ScholarshipsAward: $2500-$5000; based on need and meritRequirements:
    • Applicants must have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading to and including 18th birthday
    • Have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th birthday
    • Have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday.
    • Must be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the application year if they have not previously received funding from Foster Care to Success.
    • Must have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the US. US citizenship not required.
    • Must have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into accredited, Pell-eligible college or other post secondary school. Only for Undergraduates.

    RAISE: Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast Scholarship

    Award: Varies

    Requirements:

    • Applicants must be pan-Asian* and undocumented** living in the U.S.
    • Applicants must demonstrate financial need

    Chicano Organizing & Research in

    Education: Que Llueva Café Scholarship

    Award: Undisclosed

    Requirements:

    • Must demonstrate financial need.
    • Scholarship applicant must be or will be a highschool/GED graduate whi will enroll for the first time in an accredited college or university in the US or Puerto Rico

    Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    Award: 1,000- 10,000

    Requirements:

    • Must be a public, private, parochial or home schooled student in the US, Canada, or American schools abroad in grades 7-12.
    • Must submit work with an educator. Must be 21 years of age or under and have an instructor on records to sign a submission form (i.e this scholarship accepts non traditional high school students e.g GED program or alternative schools)

    The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

    Award: Up to 1,000

    Requirements:

    • Must be a High School student
    • Must be involved in an activity that helps improve race relations in your school or community and must describe activity in Part I of application
    • Must have a supporter (not related to candidate) to fill out Part II of application

    CASA 2 Scholarship

    Award: Varies

    Requirement:

    • Must be undocumented
    • Must be living in California
    • Must be in high school or a current undergraduate in any form of higher education

    CUNY Becas Scholarship Program

    Award: $4,800- $6300

    Requirements:

    • Display academic excellence
    • Display financial need
    • Show commitment to service in the Mexican community
    • Must be enrolled or plan to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate school in the CUNY sytem

    Bread and Roses Community Fund Lax

    Award: Up to 20,000

    Requirement:

    • Must be from 5 county philly region, must be openly gay male

    Ascend Educational Fund

    Award: $2500-$20,000

    Requirements:

    • Must be born outside the US or have both parents born outside the US
    • Must be graduating senior in a New York City high school
    • Must enroll full-time at college immediately after high school

    1-800-Wheelchair Scholarship

    Award: $500
    Requirements:

    • Must be enrolled at an accredited high school, college or unversity in the U.S
    • Must be enrolled at the undergraduate level or final year of high school
    • Must be 16 years or older
    • Must carry a status of “Good Standing”
    • Must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0
    • Must submit poem and Personal Statement

    American Nuclear Society: John and Muriel Landis Scholarship

    Award: $5000

    Requirements:

    • Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who have greater than average
    • financial need.
    • Consideration is given to conditions or experiences that render the student disadvantaged
      (poor high school/undergraduate preparation, due to poverty, etc.)
    • Applicants should be planning a career in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field and be enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university located in the United States, but need not be U.S. citizens.

Internships

Dream Summer 2015 – Paid summer internship

Length: 10 week internship

Award: $5,000

Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age by June 15th, 2015.
  • An Interest and commitment to social justice.
  • Full time availability from Monday, June, 15th to Friday, August, 21st, 2015.
  • Available to travel on Sunday, June 14th to attend the orientation retreat hosted in Los Angeles from Monday, June, 15th to Friday, June, 19th, 2015
  • Available to travel on Tuesday, August 18th to attend the closing retreat hosted in Los Angeles from Wednesday, August 19th to Friday, August 21st, 2015
  • Submit online application form by Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST