Undocumented and DACA Student Scholarships

Undocumented and DACA Student Scholarships
Liz Montenegro

According to the Higher Ed Immigrant Portal, first-generation immigrants accounted for 28% of all college and university students in 2018. Although there is no federal law prohibiting undocumented and DACA-eligible students from enrolling in higher education, the path to earning a degree can be challenging in today’s political climate. To make up for the lack of federal financial aid available to these students, many states and colleges offer other forms of financial aid to help these students earn their degree with less debt. There are also a great deal of scholarships available for undocumented and DACA-eligible students in the United States.

Scholarships with Deadlines Approaching

The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 29, 2022

Scholarship Description: This Chicago-based non-profit organization works to support undocumented students pursuing post-secondary education within Illinois. Students do not need to have DACA status, and undocumented students from all racial/ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants include high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and/or vocational training students who demonstrate leadership, academic competitiveness, community involvement, and demonstrated financial need. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and commit to 20 hours of volunteer time to the Anhelo Project events.

ASA Minority Fellowship Program

Amount: $18,000

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Scholarship Description: This Fellowship focuses on the development and training of sociologists of color in any specialty in the discipline. The program includes designated cohort programming at the ASA Annual Meeting, travel support for scientific conferences, and the opportunity to become part of a distinguished network of sociologists. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in or have completed one full academic year in a sociology program and are pursuing a doctorate. Candidates must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the U.S., have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence, or be DACA-eligible.

TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship

Amount: $80,000

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Scholarship Description: The Opportunity Scholarship Award will cover your tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and meals at one of our Partner Colleges up to a maximum of $80,000 for a bachelor’s degree. This Scholarship is open to students that live in Alaska, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Red Thread Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 26, 2022

Scholarship Description: The Red Thread Foundation for Women offers this amazing scholarship for women of an international background, including foreign students, immigrants, or first-generation Americans, who are first-year entrants to a U.S. college or university program in the upcoming fall. There are no GPA or U.S. residency requirements. Tuition money can be used for anything related to the applicants' education - tuition, books, a laptop, travel, and living expenses.

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 28, 2022

Scholarship Description: Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to NYC where they will participate in career-building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops, and a scholarship and donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group and be full-time students at a four-year accredited institution in the U.S. studying a field of study that has an emphasis on advertising, marketing, or public relations. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. The winner must also make a one-year commitment to maintain contact with TLF to receive professional guidance and academic support.

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