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.

$2,000 Easy Scholarship: There’s A Youth Mental Health Crisis
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2023
Description: Schools are one of the environments that can support mental well-being for young people. Feeling connected and supported in schools can offer a greater feeling of belonging and support and decrease feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Write an email to your elected officials to advocate for the expansion of access and improvement of mental health resources. You may customize this email to share a more personal reason of why you are advocating. You’ll be entered for the opportunity to earn a $2,000 scholarship!

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Sponsor: Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: December 30, 2022extended to January 31, 2023
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.

Leadership 1000 Scholarship
Sponsor: College Success Foundation – Washington State
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2023
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).

Environmental Awareness Scholarship Essay
Sponsor: ReuseThisBag.com
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and college students worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to climate change.

Guthrie-Koch Scholarship
Sponsor: National PKU News
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 1, 2023
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, 2023
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.

Nikon Photo Contest
Sponsor: Nikon
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 13, 2023
Description: Contest is open to everyone, professional and amateur photographers, regardless of nationality, age, and sex. Applicant must submit photography or video using a Nikon device.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Walden Woods Project/Thoreau Institute
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: February 20, 2023
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 22, 2023
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.

Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating seniors and graduates of public or private high schools in San Mateo or Santa Clara Counties (California) who are planning to enroll or are currently enrolled in a four-year college or university as a full-time student. Applicant must submit two writing samples.

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
Sponsor: LAGRANT Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
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 14 will be eligible for an extra 10 points.

Opportunity Scholarship for Locked-Out Dreamers
Sponsor: TheDream.US
Amount: Up to $80,000 over four years
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
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.

TheDream.US National Scholarship Program
Sponsor: The Dream.US Scholarship Program
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
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).

Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship
Sponsor: Access Scholarships
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2023
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.

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.

Save for Future Scholarship
Sponsor: Coupons Plus Deals
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2023
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.

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