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.

Student Video Contest
Sponsor: World of 7 Billion
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 27, 2020
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.

Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Goya Foods
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: February 17, 2020extended to February 27, 2020
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.

TheDream.US National Scholarship Program
Sponsor: The Dream.US Scholarship Program
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 27, 2020
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).

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
Sponsor: LAGRANT Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2020
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 17 will be eligible for an extra 10 points.

Mental Note: Share a Mental (Health) Note with a Guy Frien
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: February 29, 2020
Description: You could win an easy scholarship by giving a guy in your life (a friend, teammate, fraternity brother, actual brother, or boyfriend) one of DoSomething’s Mental (Health) Notes as a reminder to spend some quality “him” time. Using the card, he’ll set aside time to do a quick mental health check-in, do some personalized self-care, and be connected to clutch mental health resources for especially tough times.

Teens for Jeans: Run a Jeans Drive to Benefit Youth in Homeless Shelters
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: February 29, 2020
Description: Almost 40% of people experiencing homelessness in the United States are under 18. One item they commonly request in homeless shelters is a pair of jeans. You could win an easy $2,500 scholarship by running a denim drive in your school or community to help local young people experiencing homelessness. For teens in homeless shelters, jeans are one of the most requested items. Recruit your friends and classmates to donate gently-used pairs. You’ll make a difference in someone’s life and enter to win a $2,500 scholarship.

California Dream Act Scholarships
Sponsor: California Student Aid Commission
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 2, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who attended a California high school for a minimum of three years and will enroll in an accredited California college or university. Applicant must be a non-resident applying under AB 540 and AB 131.

Annual Kaplun Essay Contest
Sponsor: Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation
Amount: Up to $1,800
Closing Date: March 13, 2020
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic related to one of the ten commandments.

Dream Big Scholarship
Sponsor: RentLingo
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2020
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.

The Fountain Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Foundation Magazine
Amount: UP to $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2020
Description: There is no age limit or a condition to fulfill for entry. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to facing challenges.

FormSwift Scholarship Program
Sponsor: FormSwift
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2020
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.

Illustrators of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 31, 2020
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.

Writers of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: Up to 1,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2020
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.

Becca’s Closet Scholarships
Sponsor: Becca’s Closet
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors who have made an outstanding, documented contribution to his or her local community through the creation of or involvement in a Becca’s Closet chapter or Becca’s Closet organized through a supporting organization. Applicant must a U.S. Citizen, legal resident or DACA-eligible.

Davis-Putter Scholarship
Sponsor: Davis Putter Scholarship Fund
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are active in movements for social and/or economic justice and have financial need. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.

Employment Boost Academic Scholarships
Sponsor: Employment Boost
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who have at least a 3.6 GPA. Scholarship is open to students worldwide, but student must be attending college in the U.S. In addition to the general scholarship, there is a scholarship open only to students studying in a Business or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. For the general scholarship, applicant must read and interpret a given poem. For the STEM scholarship, applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to technology.

Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship
Sponsor: The Esperanza Education Fund
Amount: Up to $20,000 over four years
Closing Date: April 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.

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.

Golden Apple Scholars
Sponsor: Golden Apple
Amount: Up to $23,000 over four years
Closing Date: April 3, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (DACAmented students) who are residents of Illinois and will graduate high school in 2020.

Key to a Bright Future Scholarship
Sponsor: The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 7, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA and current undergraduate students (students at two-year schools with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university, or current four-year college or university students). Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, hold Permanent Residency or have DACA status. Applicant must submit a short introduction and an essay on how they find balance between school life, work life, and extracurricular activities.

King Family Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation
Amount: Up to $3,500
Closing Date: April 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors majoring in television and film at an accredited four-year, degree-granting U.S. college or university.

Comparing Anthem and The Fountainhead Contest – 11th and 12 Grade
Sponsor: Ayn Rand Institute
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: April 30, 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, 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.

HSC Scholarships
Sponsor: Hispanic Scholarship Consortium
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students of Hispanic/Latino heritage who plan to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicant must reside in Texas, but U.S. citizenship is not required.

IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students enrolled full-time in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, or four-year college or university. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to safe access to clean water and proper sanitation. Scholarship is open to students worldwide.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
Sponsor: Geneseo Migrant Center
Amount: $500 and up
Closing Date: June 1, 2020
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.

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.

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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