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

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Sponsor: Ayn Rand Institute
Amount: Up to $25,000
Closing Date: September 19, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shurgged.

Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship
Sponsor: National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: September 26, 2019
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 26, 2019
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.

Golden Door Scholars Program
Sponsor: Golden Door Scholars
Amount: Full tuition, room and board for a year-year degree at a Golden Door partner school. Students at other schools will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Closing Date: September 16, 2019  – extended to September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and recent high school graduates who are eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protected Status). Applicants from states where DACA students must pay out-of-state tuition at public universities and community colleges will be given strong preference.

Illustrators of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
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.

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Winning Writers
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
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.

Wiki Loves Monuments
Sponsor: Wikipedia Commons
Amount: Up to $400
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Program is open to all individuals worldwide. Individual must submit a photo of a U.S. historic site. Program will accept multiple photos.

Dream Big Scholarship
Sponsor: RentLingo
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2019
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.

Scholarship America Dream Award
Sponsor: Scholarship Award
Amount: Up to $15,000
Closing Date: October 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore-year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2020-2021 academic year. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA and financial need.

Share a Positive Poster to Cancel Bullying
Scholarship Amount: $7,000
Dates: October 31, 2019
Description: You could win up to $7,000 in scholarships by hanging a positive poster in your school to drown out bullying and spread good vibes. We’ll give you a template to print and post, so it’ll be super easy. Share your hung poster by October 31 and you’ll enter to win a $5,000 scholarship. If you share it by September 30, you’ll be entered to win an additional $2,000 scholarship for sharing early. You’ll cancel bullying in your school and automatically be entered to win!

STEM Superheroes: Draw or Print a STEM Superhero to Inspire Younger Students
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: October 15, 2019
Description: Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are less likely to pursue STEM careers. You could win an easy scholarship by drawing an original superhero who uses STEM to make the world a better place! Use DoSomething’s template to create a poster for your schools’ classrooms. Your poster will (super) empower students to pursue STEM and you’ll be entered to win a scholarship.

Youth Awards
Sponsor: Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: October 15, 2019
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.

National Poetry Competition
Sponsor: The Poetry Society
Amount: Up to £5000
Closing Date: October 31, 2019
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.

Sustainability Scholarship
Sponsor: GreenMatch
Amount: £1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to sustainability.

Young Entrepreneur Scholarship
Sponsor: Market Inspector
Amount: £1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to young entrepreneurs who are studying at an undergraduate or a postgraduate level at a university in an English-speaking country. Applicant must submit an essay describing their business plan.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
Sponsor: Geneseo Migrant Center
Amount: $500 and up
Closing Date: November 1, 2019
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.

ACES Scholarships
Sponsor: American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
Amount: Up to $3,000
Closing Date: November 15, 2019
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.

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Sponsor: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Amount: Up to $40,000
Closing Date: November 20, 2019
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 2019. 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.

Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders
Sponsor: United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
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).

Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Sponsor: Smithsonian Magazine
Amount: UP to $2,500
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
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.

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: December 31, 2019
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Save for Future Scholarship
Sponsor: Coupons Plus Deals
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2019
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.

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.

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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