Scholarships for Undocumented Students

The following scholarships are open to students who are undocumented, DACA-eligible, or hold DACA status. Some of the scholarships are specifically for undocumented students, while others are open to all students, no matter their citizenship.

$1,500 Easy Scholarship: Give a Friend a Digital Road Safety Card
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: August 15, 2020
Description: You could win an easy $1,500 scholarship by sharing a digital card to help a friend stay safe on the road. About 6 out of 10 teen crashes involve distracted driving, but 81% of people say they’d be less likely to drive distracted if their close friends and family encouraged them not to. Take our Road Safety quiz to receive a customized digital road safety card (or one you can print). Then share the card with a friend to keep them safe while traveling to your favorite spots together when this is over. You’ll protect your friends *and* enter for a chance at a $1,500 scholarship. Win-win!

$1,000 Scholarship/$1,000 Grant: Have a Conversation and Disrupt Racism in Your Community
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 31, 2020
Description: You could win a $1,000 scholarship by starting a conversation with friends and family about how to disrupt racism in your community. We also will donate $1,000 to a Black-led, DoSomething-approved organization fighting for racial justice of the scholarship winner’s choosing. The recent wave of worldwide protests sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, amidst others, highlight the injustices, fear, and violence that Black Americans face on a daily basis because of white supremacy. If you identify as Black: Share our self-care for young Black activists guide with a friend. If you identify as white or a non-Black person of color: Use our guide to start a conversation about disrupting racism with someone you care about. (Winner can donate their $1,000 scholarship winnings to the same organization if they choose.)

$2,500 Scholarship: Donate Personal Care and Cleaning Products to Your Local Boys & Girls Club or Shelter
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: August 31, 2020
Description: You could win a $2,500 scholarship by donating personal care and cleaning products to your local Boys & Girls Club or shelter, which we’ll help you locate. COVID-19 has hit Black communities, people of color, and low-income families the hardest, both in terms of health and finances. People of color are almost twice as likely to report job loss and economic hardship due to the pandemic, making it especially difficult to afford crucial products for health and hygiene this back-to-school season. This is where you come in: use our step-by-step guide to collect five personal care products (like soap and hand sanitizer) and cleaning products (like wipes and detergent) with help from your friends and adults in your life. Include a personal note of support and encouragement and donate the items to your local Boys & Girls Club or shelter. Let’s Do This!

ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship
Sponsor: ExpressVPN
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: August 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a high school, undergraduate school, or graduate school located in the United States. There is no age or citizenship requirement. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to privacy.

MoolahSPOT $1,000 Scholarship
Sponsor: MoolahSPOT
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students at least 16 years or older who plan to attend, or are currently attending, college or graduate school. Students may be of any nationality and reside in any country. Applicant must submit a short form and a short essay.

Environmental Awareness Scholarship Essay
Sponsor: ReuseThisBag.com
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and college students worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to climate change.

STEM Scholarship
Sponsor: LabRoots
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: September 4, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students worldwide enrolled or accepted for a graduate or undergraduate degree for the 2020-2021 academic academic year. Applicant must be enrolled in a STEM program.

FormSwift Scholarship Program
Sponsor: FormSwift
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students. Applicant must create a business plan infographic for one of the given industries provided.

Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship
Sponsor: National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: September 25, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate program in dental, medical (allopathic or osteopathic), pharmacy, nursing, public health or health policy. Applicants are not required to be Hispanic, however, an affinity for the health of Hispanic communities and an interest in NHHF Scholars Alumnus activities is required. Student must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent lawful resident, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Questbridge Scholars
Sponsor: Questbridge
Amount: Full Tuition
Closing Date: September 29, 2020
Description: Program is open to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States. Applicant must have primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available, be in the top 5-10% of their graduating class, and have strong standardized test scores (if taken). Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less. The program is only open for students considering one or more of Questbridge’s college partners (see website for details). Often finalists are first generation college students.

Illustrators of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Contest is open to new and amateur artists who have not been professionally published and paid for more than three black-and-white story illustrations, or more than one process-color painting, in media distributed broadly to the general public.

API Study Abroad and Intern Abroad Scholarships
Sponsor: API Study Abroad
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: October 30, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to API program participants. There are multiple scholarships with specific requirements – see website for details. In addition to general scholarships, there are scholarships specifically open to community college students, military veterans, non-traditional students, students with disabilities, minority students, DACA students, LGBTQ students, STEM majors, and student athletes.

National Poetry Competition
Sponsor: The Poetry Society
Amount: Up to £5000
Closing Date: October 31, 2020
Description: Competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome. Applicant must submit a previously unpublished single poem.

Dream Act Scholarship
Sponsor: Natalia Segermeister: Immigration Lawyers of Price Benowitz
Amount: $500
Closing Date: November 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are interested in making a difference in the lives of immigrants and other non-native individuals living in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to current immigration conditions.

Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Sponsor: Smithsonian Magazine
Amount: UP to $2,500
Closing Date: November 30, 2020
Description: Contest is open to individuals worldwide who are at least 18 years of age. Contestant can submit photos in the categories of Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images, or Mobile.

Global Citizen Scholarship
Sponsor: MPOWER Financing
Amount: Up to $3,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to international students allowed to legally study in the U.S. or Canada (U.S. permanent resident, protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or have a valid visa that permits study in the U.S.) Applicant must be accepted at, or enrolled in, a full-time degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school.

Save for Future Scholarship
Sponsor: Coupons Plus Deals
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to college juniors and seniors of all nationalities and majors who are at least 16 years old and are enrolled at an accredited university or college all around the world. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to saving money.

Women in STEM Scholarship
Sponsor: MPOWER Financing
Amount: Up to $3,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to female international students who can legally study in the U.S. or Canada (U.S. permanent resident, DACA, or valid student visa). Applicant must be accepted at, or enrolled in, a full-time STEM degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school.

Paradigm Challenge
Sponsor: Project Paradigm
Amount: Up to $100,000
Closing Date: May 1, 2021
Description: Challenge is open to students aged 4 to 18 years of age (as of May 1, 2021) worldwide. Applicants may work in a team or alone to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems.

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