Opportunities for DACA Students

United We Dream

A Listing of Scholarships for Undocumented Students.

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)

This organization believes in empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals. 

Resources by Pre-Health Dreamers

Organization created by undocumented students interested in pursuing health and science careers.


DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

  • DAAD offers a wide range of highly selective awards, including long-term and short-term scholarships, grants, and fellowships including residence in Germany.

DAAD German Studies Research Grant (short-term)

  • This specialized program offers German Studies Research Grants to highly-qualified undergraduate students nominated by their department/program chairs. Supports 1-2 months of study in Germany.
  • Designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from inter- and multidisciplinary perspectives. Open to candidates in any field, regardless of citizenship or country of origin. 
  • Advanced German required.
  • Fall Deadline 1 May
  • Spring deadline 1 November

DAAD Intensive Language Course Grant

  • This scholarship program supports students in improving their knowledge of the German language and culture. Must possess sophomore standing and have completed three semesters of German.
  • Deadline in December

DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science & Engineering)

  • RISE offers internships for undergraduates in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and engineering for 8-12 weeks during the summer. Optional intensive language courses are offered prior to internship. German proficiency not required.
  • Deadline in December

DAAD/UAS7 Study & Internship Program (SIP)

  • Supports students to spend a semester or academic year at a leading university of applied science in Germany for 2-6 months. Most placements in STEM or related applied fields.  Options include one semester of study, one semester of interning or a combination. 
  • Deadline in October for Spring/Summer
  • Deadline in February for Fall/AY

DAAD Undergraduate Study Scholarship

  • Supports students with at least sophomore standing in studying, interning and/or completing senior thesis research in Germany. Preference given to students whose projects or programs are based at/organized by a German university. Funds semester and year-long programs through organized study abroad programs or independent direct study at a German university.
  • Requires German commensurate to proposed study.
  • December Deadline

DAAD University Summer Course Grant

  • This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on language, literature, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material. Requires intermediate German.
  • December Deadline

Davis-Putter Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

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.

Ford Foundation Fellowship

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. 

Golden Door Scholarship

Amount: Unspecified

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.

HENAAC Scholarship

Amount: $500-$10,000

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.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Scholarship

Amount: $500-$5,000

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.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,000

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.

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

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.

Que Llueva Café Scholarship

Amount: Unspecified

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.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Scholarships

Amount: Unspecified

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.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships

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.

TheDream.Us National Scholarship

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.

TheDream.Us Opportunity Scholarship

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.

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program, also referred to as WU Scholars, is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community.

Page last modified May 9, 2018