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.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Sponsor: Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: January 21, 2020
Description: Contest is open to registered undergraduate full-time juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to an ethical issue.

Teens for Jeans: Collect Jeans for Local Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: January 22, 2020
Description: Almost 40% of people experiencing homelessness in the United States are under 18. One item they commonly request in homeless shelters is a pair of jeans. You could win an easy $2,500 scholarship by running a denim drive in your school or community to help local young people experiencing homelessness. For teens in homeless shelters, jeans are one of the most requested items. Recruit your friends and classmates to donate gently-used pairs. You’ll make a difference in someone’s life and enter to win a $2,500 scholarship.

Share a Card and Support a Friend
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: January 23, 2020
Description: You could win an easy $5,000 scholarship just by sharing a card to support one of your friends! Pick a friend and share a card with our text keyword on it. When they text in, we’ll send them our easy guide on professional development and building community to help make their dreams a reality. By sharing, you’ll automatically enter to win a $5,000 scholarship! Plus, both you and your friend can apply for The Live Màs Scholarship, which offers up to $25,000 internship opportunities, and so much more.

Point Foundation Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Point Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: January 27, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to high school seniors and current college student who are “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community. There is no citizenship requirement, but applicant must be attending or planning to attend an institution in the United States.

Opportunity Scholarship for Locked-Out Dreamers
Sponsor: TheDream.US
Amount: Up to $80,000 over four years
Closing Date: January 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and high school graduates who live in targeted, locked-out states that do not offer in-state tuition to DREAMers, or bars them from attending state colleges and universities all together.

Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship
Sponsor: Connecther
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: January 20, 2020extended to January 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students and college undergraduates who are under the age of 25. Applicant must submit a 3-6 minute short film that raises awareness about critical issues affecting women and girls around the world OR propose solutions to critical challenges faced by women.

Green Is Film Scholarship
Sponsor: Connecther | Ian Somerhalder Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: January 20, 2020extended to January 31, 2020
Description: Contest is open to students in 8th grade, high school, and undergraduate studies. Applicant must submit a 3-6 minute video on a girl who is greening up the world.

Leadership 1000 Scholarship
Sponsor: College Success Foundation – Washington State
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students who plan to attend, or are currently attending, an eligible four-year college or university in Washington State and whose family income does not exceed the amount listed by family size (available on website).

Stand Up Men Award
Sponsor: ConnectHer
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: January 20, 2020extended to January 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to 8th graders, high school students, and undergraduate students under the age of 25 and of any gender. Applicant must submit an original 3-6 minute film on any man they know who is taking a stand to prevent violence against women and/or standing up for women’s rights.

BMI Student Composer Awards
Sponsor: BMI Foundation, Inc.
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2020
Description: Award is open to citizens of a country in the Western Hemisphere who is engaged in the study of music with a recognized and established teacher (other than a relative). Applicant must have been born on after February 2, 1992. Applicant must submit one composition.

Environmental Awareness Scholarship Essay
Sponsor: ReuseThisBag.com
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 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.

Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship
Sponsor: The Sunflower Initiative
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to highly motivated female graduating high school seniors who have a desire to attend a women’s college in the United States. Applicant must have at least a 3.7 GPA. There is no citizenship requirement, but student must plan on attending a college in the U.S.

AEF Scholarship
Sponsor: Ascend Educational Foundation
Amount: Up to $20,000
Closing Date: February 7, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.

Huddle for Heroes: Make a Card of Appreciation or Letter for Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Families
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: February 8, 2020
Description: Beyond everything they do to keep us safe, military service members make the additional sacrifice of spending long periods of time away from family and friends. Use your creativity (and our easy guide) to make an appreciation card for military service members, veterans and their families. You’ll help them feel connected to home *and* automatically enter to win a $2,500 scholarship. Let’s Do This!

Guthrie-Koch Scholarship
Sponsor: National PKU News
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to young persons with phenylketonuria (PKU) who are on the diet treatment and about to attend or already attending a college, university, or technical school at the undergraduate level. Residents of any country may apply, but the application and letters of recommendation must be in understandable English.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Walden Woods Project/Thoreau Institute
Amount: $250
Closing Date: February 15, 2020
Description: Contest is open to youth ages 14-21 around the globe. Applicant must submit an essay or visual essay on a topic related to a quotation by Henry David Thoreau.

Income Inequality Essay Contest
Sponsor: Stossel in the Classroom
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: February 17, 2020
Description: Contest is open to writers aged 12-18. Applicant must submit an essay on what they think about income inequality.

Income Inequality Video Contest
Sponsor: Stossel in the Classroom
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: February 20, 2020
Description: Contest is open to filmmakers aged 14-23. Applicant must create a 1-3 minute video on income inequality.

Student Video Contest
Sponsor: World of 7 Billion
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 27, 2020
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 6-12 worldwide. Applicant must create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about the human population growth that highlights one of the given global challenges.

TheDream.US National Scholarship Program
Sponsor: The Dream.US Scholarship Program
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 27, 2020
Description: Applicant must be a DREAMer who is DACA eligible and has applied for or received DACA approval. Applicant must be a first time college student and intend to attend a partner college (details available on website). In addition to the national scholarship, there is location specific scholarships (states where they face paying out-of-state tuition or will not admit students to their universities).

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
Sponsor: LAGRANT Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and AB-540/DACA recipients who are a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaska Native. Applicant must be a full-time student at a four-year accredited institution in the U.S. with at least a 3.0 GPA and majoring in a field of study that has an emphasis on advertising, marketing or public relations. Applications submitted on or before January 17 will be eligible for an extra 10 points.

California Dream Act Scholarships
Sponsor: California Student Aid Commission
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 2, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who attended a California high school for a minimum of three years and will enroll in an accredited California college or university. Applicant must be a non-resident applying under AB 540 and AB 131.

Annual Kaplun Essay Contest
Sponsor: Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation
Amount: Up to $1,800
Closing Date: March 13, 2020
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic related to one of the ten commandments.

Dream Big Scholarship
Sponsor: RentLingo
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to any student (including international students) 18 years or older currently attending a college or university. Applicant must submit a short online form and essay on their dream job.

The Fountain Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Foundation Magazine
Amount: UP to $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2020
Description: There is no age limit or a condition to fulfill for entry. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to facing challenges.

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

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

Writers of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: Up to 1,000
Closing Date: March 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.

Employment Boost Academic Scholarships
Sponsor: Employment Boost
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who have at least a 3.6 GPA. Scholarship is open to students worldwide, but student must be attending college in the U.S. In addition to the general scholarship, there is a scholarship open only to students studying in a Business or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. For the general scholarship, applicant must read and interpret a given poem. For the STEM scholarship, applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to technology.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Winning Writers
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2020
Description: Contest is open to poets of all ages and from all nations. Contestant must submit one English poem only with a maximum of 250 lines.

Golden Apple Scholars
Sponsor: Golden Apple
Amount: Up to $23,000 over four years
Closing Date: April 3, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (DACAmented students) who are residents of Illinois and will graduate high school in 2020.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
Sponsor: Geneseo Migrant Center
Amount: $500 and up
Closing Date: June 1, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to individuals 16 years of age or older who have a history of movement to obtain work in agriculture. Applicant must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents.

ABC Humane Wildlife Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: ABC Humane Wildlife Control and Prevention, Inc.
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current female college students studying or planning to study the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, or technology. Applicant must submit an essay on why they are passionate about STEM.

Medler Law Firm College Scholarship
Sponsor: The Medler Law Firm LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students. International students are eligible if they are enrolled in a college in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to injuries and corporate responsibilities.

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