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.

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: October 25, 2018
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.

Community Service Scholarship
Sponsor: GreenMatch
Amount: £1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay on a community service activity or initiative they have participate in and what green living means to them.

National Poetry Competition
Sponsor: The Poetry Society
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
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 Applicant must submit a previously unpublished single poem.

Scholarship for Women in Business
Sponsor: Market Inspector
Amount: £1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to women who have been studying at an undergraduate or postgraduate level in a Native English speaking country who has started their own business.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
Sponsor: Geneseo Migrant Center
Amount: $500 and up
Closing Date: November 1, 2018
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.

Harvey Fellows Program
Sponsor: Mustard Seed Foundation
Amount: $16,000
Closing Date: November 1, 2018
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 $3,000
Closing Date: November 15, 2018
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.

Better Future Scholarship
Sponsor: Ward Law Group
Amount: $500
Closing Date: November 30, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate program in the United States who have an interest in immigration reform and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to immigration reform.

Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders
Sponsor: United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2018
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, 2018
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.

Women Techmakers Scholars
Sponsor: Women Techmakers
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: December 6, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to women who are currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student. Student must be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field. Scholarship is open to students worldwide – check website for specific details.

AREMA Educational Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 7, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students in a graduate or undergraduate program leading to a degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology in a curriculum which has been accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (or comparable accreditation in Canada and Mexico). Applicant must have at least a 2.0 GPA.

Science Ambassador Scholarship
Sponsor: Cards Against Humanity
Amount: Full-tuition
Closing Date: December 11, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to women seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math. Applicant must be enrolled in fall of 2019. There is no citizenship requirement, but student must be or planning to attend a college in the U.S. Applicant must submit a three-minute video explaining a topic in science they are passionate about.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Novus Biologicals
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: December 13, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students worldwide enrolled or accepted for enrollment in undergraduate or graduate studies with a declared major in a science related field. Applicant must submit a personal statement and a statement on what they believe the biggest hurdle for people working in their specific field of interest and why.

Predoctoral Fellowship
Sponsor: Ford Foundation
Amount: $24,000
Closing Date: December 13, 2018
Description: Fellowship is open to all citizens, U. S. nationals, and permanent residents of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the DACA program. Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary U.S. institution of higher education. Applicant must be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate will be considered a positive factor when choosing candidates: Alaskan Natives, Black/African-Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans.

R&D Systems Scholarship
Sponsor: R&D Systems
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: December 13, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students worldwide enrolled or accepted for enrollment in undergraduate or graduate studies with a declared major in a science related field. Applicant must submit a personal statement and a written statement on the biggest struggle for science right now.

FormSwift Scholarship Program
Sponsor: FormSwift
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2018
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.

Coupons for Save Scholarship
Sponsor: Coupons For Save
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students of all nationalities and majors who are at least sixteen years old and enrolled at an accredited university or college all around the world (U.S., U.K. Canada, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam…) for the current school year. Applicant must submit an essay on how you can save money in your daily life.

Illustrators of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 31, 2018
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.

MoolahSPOT $1,000 Scholarship
Sponsor: MoolahSPOT
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2018
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.

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: December 31, 2018
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Save for Future Scholarship
Sponsor: Coupons Plus Deals
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2018
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.

Writers of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2018
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.

Environmental Awareness Scholarship Essay
Sponsor: ReuseThisBag.com
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and college students worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to climate change.

Future Mentors Scholarship
Sponsor: Justice Solutions Group
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming students who have received an acceptance letter and current college students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to mentorship. Scholarship is open to domestic, international, and undocumented students, as well as students attending online universities.

Fountainhead Essay Contest
Sponsor: Ayn Rand Institute
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: April 25, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students who are in 11th or 12th grade and have read Ayn Rand’s “Fountainhead.” Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to “Fountainhead.” There is no citizenship requirement to participate.

Paradigm Challenge
Sponsor: Project Paradigm
Amount: Up to $100,000
Closing Date: May 1, 2019
Description: Challenge is open to students aged 4 to 18 years of age (as of May 1, 2019) 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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