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.

Comparing Anthem and The Fountainhead Contest – 11th and 12 Grade
Sponsor: Ayn Rand Institute
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2020extended to May 28, 2020
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 11 and 12. Applicant must submit an essay comparing Anthem and The Fountainhead. There is no citizenship requirements to apply.

Comparing Anthem and The Fountainhead Contest – 8th, 9th and 10th Grade
Sponsor: Ayn Rand Institute
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2020extended to May 28, 2020
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 8-10. Applicant must submit an essay comparing Anthem and The Fountainhead. There is no citizenship requirements to apply.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Send Tips on How to Manage Stress to Help Us Create a Mental Health Guide
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 31, 2020
Description: Your classmates and friends could use some mental health support in 2020, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. While you’re social distancing, you could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by sending us tips on how you get through these particularly stressful times. We’ll use your advice to create New State of Mind, a first-of-its-kind mental health guide that’s for students, by students. We’ll send this guide to students and educators to make an immediate difference for young people across the country. By sharing your tips, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $1,000 scholarship. Let’s Do This!

$3,000 East Scholarship: Complete One Sports-Themed Challenge to Impact COVID-19 Timing
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: May 31, 2020
Description: In the wake of COVID-19, games and pep rallies might be cancelled, but you can still use the power of sports to build community, promote school spirit, and make a difference for those affected by COVID-19. Join the #oneteam challenge, powered by ESPN, with a new challenge every week until May 31. Complete just one (1) of the below challenges to enter for a $3,000 scholarship. The more challenges you complete, the more chances you have to win! Week 4 – Cheer on the real MVPs – your community’s essential workers – as loudly as you can by making signs of appreciation and encouragement in your team’s colors. Week 5 – Hand out personalized digital awards (like “Most Hustle” or “Most Likely To Be a Great Coach One Day”) to celebrate how each graduating senior (or other deserving teammates) stepped up, both on and off the field. Week 6 – Serve as your #oneteam dream team captain by hosting a digital “practice” (or dance party!) featuring your favorite sports drills to help your teammates work out and stay healthy during COVID-19. Last Chance – Just as sports never stop, neither will our team. Inspire your teammates to sign the #oneteam pledge to get off the bench, get in the game, and commit to continue being an impact player, on and off the field. Complete just one (1) challenge to enter for the $3,000 scholarship. Let’s Do This.

Earnest Scholarship
Sponsor: Earnest
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: May 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled, or soon to be enrolled, as a full-time student at a Title IV accredited, not for profit U.S. college or university for the Fall 2020 semester. Applicants can be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA students.

PFund Scholarships
Sponsor: PFund Foundation
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: May 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students who identify as LGBTQI and allies who are strongly invested in LGBTQI communities and who live or attend scholastic programs in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. While applicants do not need to fit the following preferences, the selection committee will look more closely at applicants who fit one or more of the following attributes: indigenous, Black, People of Color; undocumented, first generation, immigrants, and new Americans; Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people, and LBGTQIA individuals from North Dakota or South Dakota.

Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship
Sponsor: The Esperanza Education Fund
Amount: Up to $20,000 over four years
Closing Date: April 1, 2020extended to June 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors at a high school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia or a recent GED grad residing in DC, Maryland or Virginia. Applicant must have been born outside the U.S. or have two parents who were born outside of the U.S. There is no citizenship or legal residence requirements.

Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize
Sponsor: Washington Map Society
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: June 1, 2020
Description: Prize is open to all full and part-time undergraduate, graduate, and first year post-doctoral students attending accredited colleges and universities anywhere in the world. Student must submit a research paper or bibliographic study related to the history of cartography.

JASNA Essay Contest
Sponsor: Jane Austen Society of North America
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: June 1, 2020
Description: Contest is open to students world-wide who are enrolled in high school, college/university, or graduate school. Student must submit an essay on a given topic related a Jane Austen work.

GAPA Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: June 7, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to high school seniors and current college students who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities; however, applicants do not need to identify as either to apply. Preference will be given to those who identify as both API and LGBTQ. There is no citizenship requirement, however student must be attending a U.S. accredited institution.

$1,500 Easy Scholarship: Give a Friend a Digital Road Safety Card
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: June 12, 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!

WIA Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Women in Aerospace Foundation
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: June 16, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to female students of any citizenship or nationality who are rising college juniors or seniors and have an interest in a career in the aerospace field and pursuing a higher education degree in engineering, math, or science.

First in Family Humanist Scholarship; Freedom From Religion Foundation Forwards Freethought Scholarship
Sponsor: Black Skeptics Los Angeles | Freedom From Religion Foundation
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: June 26, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students of color who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist and/or secular. Preference will be given to students who are first in their families to go to college and students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented and/or LGBTQ are encouraged to apply. Applicant must provide an admission letter to a two or four-year college.

Take Charge of Tomorrow Scholarship
Sponsor: Jurewitz Law Group
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: June 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students from San Diego, California who have at minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to standing up against the odds.

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.

Miller Lite – National Scholarship
Sponsor: Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities | Miller Lite
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: July 6, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students who attend a HACU-member institution within the following cities: Los Angeles, California, Denver Colorado, Miami, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, New York, New York, Puerto Rico, or Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Applicant must be at least 21 years of age, be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident or DACA recipient, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Miller Lite – Texas Scholarship
Sponsor: Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities | Miller Lite
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: July 6, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students who attend a HACU-member institution within the following cities: Dallas/Fort Worth, Laredo, McAllen, or Houston, Texas. Applicant must be at least 21 years of age, be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident or DACA recipient, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Annual Fruit Shoot Photo Contest
Sponsor: California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.
Amount: Up to $100
Closing Date: July 17, 2020
Description: Contest is open to anyone. Contestant must submit a photo on the subjects of fruit, flowers, roots or any vegetative plant parts.

Phyliss J. McCarthy Scholarship for Excellence in Writing
Sponsor: LearnCurious
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: July 23, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. and international students who are current high school juniors and seniors (and rising juniors for the 2020-2021 school year). Applicant must respond to one of three prompts.

R&D Systems Scholarship
Sponsor: R&D Systems
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: July 29, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students in the U.S., Canada, and European countries enrolled or accepted for enrollment in undergraduate or graduate studies with a declared major in a science related field. Applicant must submit a completed application, a personal statement, and a written statement on why they chose their field of study.

Platt Family Scholarship Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Lincoln Forum
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: July 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students who were full-time, undergraduate students in an American college or university during the Spring semester. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to Abraham Lincoln.

Que Llueva Café Scholarship
Sponsor: Chicano Organizing and Research in Education (CORE)
Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 14, 2020extended to July 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school, college bound, undocumented students of Chicano/Latino descent. Applicant must demonstrate financial need.

Essay Contest for Undocumented & DACA Essential Workers
Sponsor: Herman Legal Group, LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to undocumented students who must be working, or have recently worked, as an essential work in the healthcare industry, food supply chain, or other essential industries. Applicant must submit an essay on what they think of when they hear the word immigrant.

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.

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.

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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