3 High-Value Scholarships for DACA Students

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If you’re a student that has received or applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, you may already find that the search for money for college is daunting—especially since most DACA-qualifying students aren’t eligible for federal financial aid. Additionally, finding scholarships that you are eligible for can be difficult and, if you do, you may find that they don’t offer as generous financial rewards as scholarships for U.S. citizens.

Don’t get discouraged: there are scholarships out there! Here are 3 scholarships that DACA students are eligible for and that offer significant amounts of financial aid and other support for those who are selected. (And by creating a College Greenlight student profile, you can find more scholarships!) While some may be targeted for certain students by factors like majors or what college you attend, these actually help to limit the applicant pool and, if you qualify, increase your chances of winning.

Note: each of these scholarships has specific guidelines and application materials. Make sure to check the requirements before you decide to apply.

The Dream.US Scholarship Program


What you’ll win if selected & why you should apply: This scholarship will offer up to $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree and $12,500 for an associate’s degree depending on financial need and cost of attendance at the college you will attend. The big news: they offer numerous awards to qualifying students. In 2015, they awarded over 500 scholarships between their programs for first-time college students and community college transfer students.

Who is eligible: Students with DACA or TPS status, an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have come to the U.S. before their sixteenth birthday, and are eligible for in-state tuition at one of the scholarship’s partner colleges.

What you should know: It’s important to note that this scholarship is only available to students who are accepted to one of the scholarship program’s partner colleges—check their list of colleges and to see if you fit this requirement.   You don’t necessarily have to be accepted before you apply (you can apply to the college at the same time as the scholarship) but you are required to enroll at one of the partner colleges to be eligible. Find their list of partner colleges organized by state here.

Application Deadline: February 15th, 2016

The Golden Apple Scholars Program


What you’ll win if selected & why you should apply: The Golden Apple Scholars program offers up to $23,000 for college for students in Illinois who aspire to be great teachers in Illinois schools-of-need. This scholarship offers more than just financial assistance. The program provides those selected with paid Summer Institutes that include courses and extensive classroom/work experience, academic support, job placement assistance, and ongoing mentoring from award-winning teachers throughout college and during the early years of teaching. This year, the Golden Apple Scholars Program aims to award 250 scholarships to students.

Who is eligible: DACAmented students who have attended and graduated from an Illinois high school with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT with a combined 19 in English/Writing score.

What you should know first: Students who are accepted are required to attend one of 52 Illinois partner universities, participate in the Summer Institutes, obtain an IL teacher certification and teach for five years in an Illinois school-of-need.

Application Deadline: Nominations close January 16th, 2016

Point Foundation Scholarship Program


What you’ll win if selected & why you should apply: The Point Foundation Scholarship Program for LGBTQ students offers scholarships on a “last provider” basis, meaning that they fill any gaps in aid not covered by grants, work-study programs, and other options, but can make an impact on making college an option for students with significant need. Those who are chosen as Point Foundation Scholars will also receive mentorship, leadership development, and community service training with the goal of supporting individuals to make an impact on society.

Who is eligible: The Point Foundation Scholarship Program is open to LGBTQ students regardless of citizenship status that plan to enroll in either a four-year undergraduate program or a graduate program in fall of 2016.

What you should know first: The Point Foundation Scholarship Program seeks especially to support marginalized students who also have shown leadership in the LGBTQ community and involves a two-part application process.

Application Deadline: Applications for the first step in the process will open on November 1st, 2015. The deadline for Part I has historically been mid-January.


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