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Resources, Undocumented Students

California DREAM Act Applications Increase Despite Concerns

No Comments 03 March 2017

Despite initial concerns because of immigration changes by the Trump administration, the total number of applications for the California DREAM Act rose 5 percent from 2016. As of the March 2 deadline, 35,882 applications have been received by the California Department of Education.

The California DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Minors) is a state law that allows children who immigrated to the U.S. to receive state financial aid. To qualify, a student must have been brought to the U.S. when they were less than 16 years of age and lacked immigration paperwork.

The California DREAM Act provides state grants to undocumented college-bound students. Dreamers also are able to pay in-state tuition at any California college and receive fee waivers for community college.

Immigration reform by the Trump administration potentially could be to blame for an initial decrease in applications. The California Department of Education responded to these concerns by releasing a statement that reiterated the fact that Dreamer’s immigration status never will be released to the federal government. Dreamers also were assured that they do not need Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status in order to apply for the California Dream Act.

If you have applied for the California DREAM Act and have concerns, contact the California Student Aid Commission at 916-464-8271 or the California Department of Education, College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division at 916-323-6398.

Diversity, First Generation Students, Low Income Students, Undocumented Students

Spotlight on North Carolina Scholars’ Latino Initiative

No Comments 02 March 2017

N.C. Sli (Scholars’ Latino Initiative) serves Hispanic students across Chatham, Durham, Lee and Orange counties in North Carolina. Program participants receive a support network, academic enrichment and college and career preparation. The majority of students are first-generation college students and/or first-generation Americans who come from low-income households.

Approximately 20 percent of Sli Scholars are undocumented or have DACA status. Program participants tend to be in the top 25 percent of their class. Most Sli students take advanced classes and go on to enroll in a four-year college or university. Prospective Sli Scholars should be committed to academic achievement and personal growth, aim to serve their local communities and work collaboratively with others.

N.C. Sli provides advising and mentoring to ensure that its students succeed in college. The program selects undergraduate students from University of North Carolina to provide peer mentoring for Sli  Scholars. Many of these mentors identify as Latinx, immigrant and/or first-generation college students.

Program participants receive three years of mentoring, which begins the summer prior to their sophomore year of high school. UNC also will provide scholars the opportunity to take classes on Latinx literature and history. Ultimately, this program allows students to participate in a transformative experience that will allow Sli Scholars to positively change the way they think about themselves and the world.

The parents of Sli Scholars also benefit from this program. N.C. Sli allows students to learn about their child’s high school and college experience through Familias Unidas por la Educación. Parents learn about the high school experience in the U.S., the college application process and financial aid. They also discuss parenting-related issues such as bullying, adolescent development, mental health and a family’s transition when a child goes to college.

College Greenlight allows N.C. Sli to track each scholar’s college application process, from building college lists to weighing different college options. As many students live far from N.C. Sli’s headquarters, College Greenlight has been a resource for communicating with and advising these students. Reach out to Alice Dolbow at dolbow@unc.edu to learn more about N.C. Sli.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships for Undocumented Students

No Comments 18 January 2017

As most scholarships for U.S. colleges require proof of citizenship, undocumented students often have a challenging time finding scholarships. There are, however, organizations that are committed to providing financial assistance for undocumented students. The list below includes scholarships open to undocumented, international and immigrant students.


Microsoft Scholarship: This scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Applications are due January 27.

Point Foundation Scholarship: This award is for students who are involved with the LGBTQ community and are open about their identity. Applicants must demonstrate a desire to make a difference in the world. Applications are due January 30.


The Dream.Us Opportunity Scholarship: This scholarship is for students who do not currently have the financial resources to enroll in college full time. Students must have reached the U.S. before age 16. Applications are due February 1.

Ascend Educational Fund: Immigrant students who will graduate from a New York City high school are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due February 2.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest: This scholarship is for students registered as full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors. Applications are due February 10.

CORE’s Que Llueva Café Scholarship: College-bound undocumented students of Latino descent are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due February 25.

Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute Scholarship: This award is for CUNY undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and a commitment to service in the Mexican community. Applications are due February 28.


The Dream.Us Scholarships National Scholarship: This scholarship is for students enrolled at one of TheDream.US partner colleges who do not have financial resources to enroll in college full time. Applications are due March 8.

Association of Raza Educators Scholarship – Los Angeles: This scholarship is for undocumented, AB 540 and DACA seniors who are graduating from a Los Angeles high school. Applicants are due March 17.

National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students: This scholarship is for students of any citizenship attending a U.S. high school. Applications are due March 15.

Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Contest: In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit an essay for the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand. There are no citizenship requirements for this scholarship. Applications are due March 29.

Foster Care to Success Scholarships: These scholarships are for students who have been in foster care or who are orphans. Applications are due March 31.


Davis-Putter Scholarship: The scholarship is for students active in social/economic justice movements.  People who are not U.S. citizens are eligible. Applications are due April 1.

A Voice for Animals Contest: Students who have worked to promote the humane treatment of animals are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due April 10.

Ayn Rand The Fountainhead Essay Contest: Applicants must submit essays about “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand to be considered for this scholarship. There are no citizenship requirements. Applications are due April 26.

Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest: In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit essays about “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. There are no citizenship requirements. Applications are due April 28.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest: This scholarship is for applicants attending American colleges or universities, regardless of their citizenship. Applications are due July 31.


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