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.

Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship
Sponsor: National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: September 23, 2022
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).

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Sponsor: Ayn Rand Institute
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: September 26, 2022
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.

Questbridge Scholars
Sponsor: Questbridge
Amount: Full Tuition
Closing Date: September 27, 2022
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.

$500 Easy Scholarship – New School Year, New Friends, You Belong Here
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2022
Description: You could win a $500 scholarship by sharing a Welcome Note or Guide with new students in your school. Simply upload a screenshot or photo of you sharing your guide or note and help inspire others to join the movement. You’ll automatically be entered to earn a scholarship.

Environmental Awareness Scholarship Essay
Sponsor: ReuseThisBag.com
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and college students worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to climate change.

Illustrators of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2022
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.

Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship
Sponsor: Access Scholarships
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to high school, college, and graduate school students of all years who are U.S. residents, DACA and undocumented students, or international students currently studying in the U.S.

Dream Big Scholarship
Sponsor: RentLingo
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2022
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.

Responsify Scholarship
Sponsor: Responsify
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 5, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who are domestic, international, online, or undocumented. Applicant must submit an essay answering questions about empowerment and their major.

Help to Save Scholarship
Sponsor: CouponBirds
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 10, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students of all nationalities and majors who are at least 16 years old and enrolled at an accredited university or college in the U.S. or Canada. Applicant must take a short survey on their daily online and in-store shopping habits and share a video on their habits during the shopping season.

Scholarship America Dream Award
Sponsor: Scholarship Award
Amount: Up to $15,000
Closing Date: October 15, 2022
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 2022-2023 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.

SchoolHouse Connection and Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program
Sponsor: SchoolHouse Connection
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: October 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently resident in the United States (undocumented applicants are eligible) who were born on or after October 15, 2022. Applicant must begin college (four year, community college, or trade school) for the first time in 2023 (not including dual-enrollment courses). Applicant must have experienced homelessness in the last six years.

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 23, 2022
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.

API Study Abroad and Intern Abroad Scholarships
Sponsor: API Study Abroad
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: October 30, 2022
Description: Scholarships are open to API program participants. There are multiple scholarships with specific requirements – see website for details. In addition to general scholarships, there are scholarships specifically open to community college students, military veterans, non-traditional students, students with disabilities, minority students, DACA students, LGBTQ students, STEM majors, and student athletes.

National Poetry Competition
Sponsor: The Poetry Society
Amount: Up to £5000
Closing Date: October 31, 2022
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.

Video Contest Scholarship for Creative Students
Sponsor: IvyPanda
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to current high school, college, and university students worldwide. Applicant must submit a video on a given topic related to COVID, social media, or advice for college freshmen.

ACES Scholarships
Sponsor: American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
Amount: Up to $3,500
Closing Date: November 15, 2022
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.

Your Time to Climb Scholarship
Sponsor: The Tenge Law Firm LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current undergraduate students who are U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients. Applicant must submit an essay on a time they pushed themselves to work harder to achieve a goal.

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Save for Future Scholarship
Sponsor: Coupons Plus Deals
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
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.

Harvey Fellows Program
Sponsor: The 28Twelve Foundation
Amount: $16,000
Closing Date: January 3, 2023
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.

The Dream Act Scholarship
Sponsor: Goldstein Immigration Lawyers
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 31, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to any current college student or graduate student who is a legal resident of the United States living in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and enrolled in a two to a five-year post-secondary institution for the Fall 2023 semester. Applicant must be an immigrant, DREAMer, or first-generation American citizen.

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