Living in the United States without documentation can cause students to worry about many issues, including how to fund their education. Students without documents are not eligible for federal scholarships or loans. However, before forgoing an education due to immigrant status be sure to check out scholarships that were created just for students who are undocumented. These scholarships may take a little more time to find, but they are indeed worth the time to explore. Below are a few scholarships for undocumented students interested in furthering their education in the United States:
Becas Univision offers over thirty scholarships each worth $5,000 to students. Students can either be in high school or college. In order to receive priority consideration, students should apply prior to January 31st. In order to be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, identify as Hispanic, must be the first person in their family to attend college, and must show financial need. Students do not need to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply for these awards. More information regarding the application process can be found at the following website: http://mydocumentedlife.org/2015/01/21/becas-univision-2015-scholarships/.
Ascend educational Fund Scholarship offers scholarships that vary from $2,500 to $20,000 to undocumented students who have attended a New York City high school. Students must attend a college or university and can apply regardless of citizenship. In fact, in order to be eligible, students must have been born in another country or have two parents who were born in another country. They also must be graduating from a high school within the NYC limits and plan to enroll as a full-time student at a college or university. In order to apply, students must complete an application form, submit their high school transcripts, send a copy of their standardized test scores, write two essays, and provide two letters of recommendation. Applicants will be based on their demonstrated work ethic, perseverance, resourcefulness, previous academic scholarship, leadership abilities, and community service. Applications must be submitted prior to March 19th. More information can be found at this website: http://ascendfundny.org/scholarship/.
Orange County Immigrant Youth United 2015 Scholarship provides funding for students without documentation. Students living anywhere within the United States are eligible to apply for this award as long as they are undocumented. Winners of the award are given scholarships of either $250 or $500. The next application cycle will open in January and more information can be found here: http://www.ociyu.org/resources/ociyu-scholarship/.
Golden Doors Scholars Provide funding for undocumented students who plan to enroll in a college or university. Both high school seniors and students who have recently graduates high school are eligible to apply for this award. Priority consideration will be given to students who will be required to pay out-of-state tuition. The application deadline is October 27th. Students must show strong academic potential and preference will be given to students in a technology-related degree program. Furthermore, students must meet the criteria for either DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or Temporary Protected Status. More information can be located here: http://www.goldendoorscholars.org/application/open.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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