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.

Point Foundation Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Point Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: January 25, 2021
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 28, 2021
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.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Collect Food Items for Your Local Food Bank
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by collecting food and donating it to your local food bank. Over 18 million children in the US face food insecurity, a problem made worse by COVID-19. Use our easy guide to collect the most-needed food items and safely drop them at your local food bank. You’ll automatically earn verified volunteer hours, and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Let’s Do This!

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Host a Virtual Book Club that Reads Texts By or About Underrepresented Groups
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by hosting a virtual book club that reads texts by or about underrepresented groups. Use DoSomething’s recommendation lists to host a virtual diversity Book Club. You’ll earn verified volunteer credits and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Make a DIY Mask (No Sewing Required)
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win a $1,000 scholarship by using our easy step-by-step guide to make a mask (no sewing required!) to keep yourself, your friends, and your family healthy during the pandemic. We’ll even help you donate much-needed masks to homeless shelters and vulnerable communities. Upload a photo of your mask to earn verified volunteer hours and be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Let’s Do This!

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Recycle Cans to Help Protect the Environment
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship just by recycling 5 aluminum cans to save energy and protect the environment! All you have to do is collect 5 cans and recycle them in a proper bin or take them to a local recycling center (we’ll help you find yours!) Don’t forget to snap a pic with your cans before you recycle them to prove your impact and inspire others to join in. You’ll automatically earn verified volunteer hours, and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Let’s Do This!

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Swap Stories with an Older Adult to Decrease Isolation During COVID-19
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by swapping stories with an older adult to decrease isolation during COVID-19. Ask an older adult to share a story with you. You’ll earn verified volunteer credits and the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

$1,500 Easy Scholarship: Use a Greener Way to Travel for a Day
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,500 scholarship just by using an environmentally sustainable way to commute to school, work, or another place you commonly visit. Just answer 5 easy questions about how you normally get around and we’ll give you a greener way to travel (like cycling, walking, or carpooling), plus an easy way to calculate just how much carbon dioxide you’d save from being emitted into the atmosphere. Upload a photo of your greener commute. You’ll fight global climate change *and* enter to win a $1,500 scholarship!

Leadership 1000 Scholarship
Sponsor: College Success Foundation – Washington State
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
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).

Guthrie-Koch Scholarship
Sponsor: National PKU News
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 1, 2021
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.

Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship
Sponsor: The Sunflower Initiative
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2021
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 5, 2021
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.

BMI Student Composer Awards
Sponsor: BMI Foundation, Inc.
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: February 5, 2021
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.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Sponsor: Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: January 19, 2021Extended to February 16, 2021
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.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Walden Woods Project/Thoreau Institute
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: February 16, 2021
Description: Contest is open to youth ages 14-18 around the globe. Applicant must submit an essay or visual essay on a topic related to a quotation by Henry David Thoreau.

Student Video Contest
Sponsor: World of 7 Billion
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 25, 2021
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 25, 2021
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).

Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Goya Foods
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: February 26, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming college freshman who will be majoring in Culinary Arts or Food Science. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or qualify for DACA.

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
Sponsor: LAGRANT Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: February 26, 2021
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 15 will be eligible for an extra 10 points.

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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