A Listing of Scholarships for Undocumented Students.
This organization believes in empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals.
Organization created by undocumented students interested in pursuing health and science careers.
Although not specifically for undocumented students, this award does not discriminate on the basis of national identity—quite the opposite. The Davis-Putter Scholarship goes to undergraduate and graduate students working for social or economic justice in their communities. In addition to transcripts, applicants submit a personal statement, letters of recommendation that attest to their progressivism, and financial information. Activism is the key criteria.
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs. In addition to the fellowship award, Ford Fellows are eligible to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, a unique national conference of a select group of high-achieving scholars committed to diversifying the professoriate and using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Any aspiring undergrad with DACA or TPS status can apply for this award, but the scholarship committee prioritizes students in states that bar DACA students from receiving in-state tuition benefits. Scholarships are distributed on the basis of academic merit and leadership abilities, and go toward attendance at one of 17 partner schools. To maintain funding, scholarship recipients must earn a 3.0 GPA.
The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) distributes multiple scholarships each year; some require U.S. citizenship but many do not. Applicants should be entering a STEM field at the undergraduate or graduate level, have a 3.0 GPA, have strong ties to the Hispanic community, and show leadership at the community or campus level.
DACA students of Hispanic heritage are eligible for HSF funds, whether they’re off to community college or grad school. Merit is the main factor in who receives funding, while financial need determines how much. High school graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are considered; current college students need a 2.5 to be eligible.
The residency requirements for this award state only that applicants must reside in the U.S., leaving the door open to undocumented students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study with a 2.8 GPA. Those who receive funding should have a demonstrable history of civic leadership in the Latino community, which should be supported in a reference letter. Graduate students are welcome to apply.
Amount: Up to $20,000
Just one of the awards offered by the Geneseo Migrant Center, the Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship goes to students who have already completed one year of higher education and need financial help to complete the last three. Applicants submit three letters of recommendation, a personal essay, college transcripts, financial documents and agricultural migrant status documentation.
Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) gives this award to undocumented high school graduates of Chicano and Latino descent who are getting ready to enroll in a U.S. college. Scholarships are granted based on the candidate’s personal narrative, extracurricular activities and academic potential.
Membership in SHPE is a prerequisite for earning any of the society’s scholarships, but citizenship or legal status is not required except for some corporate-funded awards. SHPE provides separate awards for graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate students, working students and doctoral candidates. Each award requires students to hold a 2.75 GPA and be pursuing a degree in a STEM field. Scholarship decisions and funding amounts depend on academic merit and financial need.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.
Amount: $12,500-$25,000 (renewable)
The National Scholarship helps students who are eligible for in-state tuition attend one of 75 collegesthat partner with TheDream.Us. To receive the award —worth $12,500 toward an associate or $25,000 toward a bachelor’s degree — students must hold a high school or community college degree but not be currently enrolled in college; must demonstrate significant financial need; and must have applied for or received DACA status. (Scholarship applicants need only be eligible for DACA, but to actually receive the award they will need to seek DACA status.) Applicants submit two essays, household income statements, a reference and DACA documentation. Full-time students who earn a 3.0 can renew the award.
Amount: $20,000 (renewable)
This award from TheDream.Us is for students from 15 states who aren’t eligible for in-state tuition or admission to a public college. The Opportunity Scholarship helps them work toward a baccalaureate at one of 5 out-of-state colleges that partner with TheDream.Us. To receive the award, students must be currently unenrolled in college, be DACA-eligible, demonstrate significant financial need, and hold a high school diploma and 2.8 GPA. Applicants submit two essays, household income statements, a reference and DACA documentation. Full-time students who earn a 3.0 can renew the award.