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.

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.

$1,000 Scholarship/$1,000 Grant: Use Our Guide to Start a Conversation About Anti-Racism
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2020
Description: You could win a $1,000 scholarship by using our step-by-step guide to start a conversation about anti-racism with a friend or family member. (We’ll also donate an additional $1,000 to a Black-led racial justice org of your choosing.) There are so many ways to disrupt racism — for example, 75% of young people say voting is the most important thing we can do. Whether you identify as Black, non-Black POC, or white, we’ve got an easy-to-use guide to start the conversation and earn a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship plus unlock a $1,000 donation.

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 Applicant must submit a previously unpublished single poem.

Video Contest Scholarship for Creative Students
Sponsor: IvyPanda
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current high school, college, and university students worldwide. Applicant must submit a video on experiencing issues and how they handle the challenges.

Harvey Fellows Program
Sponsor: Mustard Seed Foundation
Amount: $16,000
Closing Date: November 1, 2020
Description: Program is open to Christian students who are pursuing graduate studies at premier universities in fields considered to be underrepresented by Christians and who possess a unique vision to impact society through their vocations. Past successful applicants were preparing for careers in Business, Economics, Finance, International diplomacy, security, journalism and media, visual and performing arts, public policy, and applied and theoretical sciences. Students from all nations are encouraged to apply.

ACES Scholarships
Sponsor: American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
Amount: Up to $3,500
Closing Date: November 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to college juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent college graduates. Applicant must have a commitment to a career in copy editing, exemplary work and academic achievement, and recommendations from teachers and work supervisors. Students in countries other than the United States may apply as well.

Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders
Sponsor: United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrates a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or undocumented).

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.

Youth Awards
Sponsor: Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 6, 2020
Description: Award is open to Latino high school seniors who excel both inside and outside the classroom, who have at least a 3.0 GPA and are Permanent residents, DACA, U.S. Citizens, or eligible non-citizens. Applicants must be from the Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Northern California, Phoenix, or Washington, DC areas.

FormSwift Scholarship Program
Sponsor: FormSwift
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 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.

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.

Illustrators of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 31, 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.

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.

Writers of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2020
Description: Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium.

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Sponsor: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Amount: Up to $40,000
Closing Date: January 6, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to current students at accredited U.S. community colleges who have plans to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college in fall of 2021. Applicant must have at least a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate significant unmet financial need. There is no citizenship requirement but student must have attended an accredited two-year institution in the United States.

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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