We believe that every student who wants to go to college should have access to the resources necessary to get there. Unfortunately, for many undocumented students in America, it is extremely difficult to find up-to-date and accurate scholarship information. To try and help these fantastic students, we’ve combed our scholarship database and put together a list of scholarships for undocumented, international, and immigrant students, including those that do not require US citizenship. In addition, we found many great scholarships that our partners and friends have created for undocumented students, and have included those as well.
Please note that if one of these scholarships asks for a social security number, leave that field blank. Do not fill it in with an inaccurate SSN. MALDEF also recommends directly contacting these organizations to verify if you meet their specific eligibility criteria. If you know of any scholarships that are not on this list, please send an email with a link to the scholarship to our content manager.
This award is for students in middle school and high school who have made a difference through volunteering over the past year. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be in grades 5-12 as of November 5. Applications for next year’s awards will open in the fall.
These scholarships are for students in grades 7-12. To qualify for these scholarships, applicants must be enrolled in a public, private, parochial, homeschool, or after-school program in the United States, Canada, or an American school abroad. To apply for these scholarships, applicants must participate in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by submitting original art or writing pieces.
This essay contest is for students registered as full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2013 semester. To enter, applicants must submit an original, unpublished essay of 3,000 to 4,000 words.
This scholarship program is for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. Most College Match scholarship recipients come from households earning less than $60,000 annually (for a typical family of four) and have experienced long-term economic hardship. Applicants must plan to graduate from high school during or before the spring/summer of 2014 and enroll as freshmen in college in the fall of 2014. Non-US citizens, undocumented, and international students are eligible. Recipients are granted admission to one of QuestBridge’s partner colleges with a full scholarship. All scholarships are full four-year scholarships with no loans. See website for more details.
Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.80 out of a 4.0 GPA scale. Cumulative below 2.80 do not qualify for a scholarship. Applicants must have completed at least one full-time year of study for undergraduate applicants, and one full-time semester of study for graduate applicants.
Golden Door Scholars is a nonprofit that provides undocumented students with college scholarships and internship/career opportunities. Our team hopes not only to raise awareness about this injustice but to also give these students hope for the future. We’re not politically affiliated. We’re just passionate about doing what’s right. The 2015 scholarship will open in the fall.
Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student, in a four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Recipients must also be available to attend the 33rd National USHLI Conference in Chicago, IL, February 12-15, 2015.
This scholarship rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Application period is from late-August to early-November.
This program offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from across the nation who have financial need. Scholars receive comprehensive advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school.
Applicants must be Latino/a, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have a history of extracurricular activity.
All nominations for this scholarship must be made exclusively by the school’s principal or guidance counselor. A student must demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and display leadership abilities in school activities or through work experience, and have a GPA above 2.8.
The HSF has several scholarships listed at the link below. They allow DACA eligible students to apply to any of their scholarships at this time.
The first and most important qualification for a Davis-Putter Scholarship is active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues.
Applicants must be high school seniors who are planning on majoring in education.
Award: $5,000 – $20,000
Applicants must be graduating seniors at a high school in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia and must enroll full-time at an accredited public college or university in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Award: $2,500 – $5,000
Applications must be DACA eligible and possess an employment authorization document at the time of application. Applications must demonstrate consistent, active participation in public or community service.
This essay contest is for 11th and 12th graders worldwide. There are no citizenship requirements. To apply, applicants must submit an essay on the book, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
This grant is for Oklahoma residents who are attending eligible colleges, universities, and career technology centers in Oklahoma. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate financial need, which is measured by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined based on the information provided on the FAFSA. Applicants must be undergraduate students and may be enrolled part- or full-time. Undocumented immigrants meeting certain requirements may be considered; see website for more details.
Applicants must have a background in California or Arizona agriculture. The student or someone in the student’s immediate family must have derived the majority of his or her income from agriculture.
Applicants must be graduate students working on topics related to community organizations.
This scholarship is for students of color who are graduates of Minnesota high schools and are enrolled full-time in a Minnesota college/university.
This essay contest is for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders worldwide. There are no citizenship requirements. To apply, applicants must submit an essay on the book, We the Living by Ayn Rand.
Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines: visual-painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, dance, music, film, poetry, literature, folk art, furniture crafting, weaving, or pottery.