Scholarships for Undocumented High School Students | Due: May

Scholarships for Undocumented High School Students | Due: May

Check out these 5 scholarships to apply to! Deadlines are coming up soon, be sure to read the guidelines clearly. You got this!

JMF Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship

Amount: 2,000

Due date: May 14, 2021

Eligibility: Graduating high school senior pursuing arts major

Requirements: 1000 word essay 

Website: https://josephmfannellmemorialfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/JMF-Performing-Arts-Scholarship-2021.pdf 

Kelly Somey Digital Marketing Scholarship

Amount: 1,000

Due date: May 14, 2021

Eligibility: Graduating high school senior interested in digital space

Requirements: 300-500 word essay

Website: https://union.co/articles/2021-kelly-somey-scholarship-application 

The Trotter Project’s Farmer Lee Jones Scholarship

Amount: 10,000

Due date: May 15, 2021

Eligibility: Graduating high school senior interested in agricultural studies

Requirements: essay, video, and letter of recommendation

Website: https://www.thetrotterproject.org/scholarships 

2021 EQuity Scholarship Essay Competition 

Amount: 5,000

Due Date: May 28, 2021

Eligibility: Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in fall 2021

Requirements: 700-900 word essay

Website: https://www.equitysv.com/scholarship-essay-competition 

Proyecto H.A.C.E.R. College Book Scholarship

Amount: 1,000, 500, and 250

Due Date: May 31, 2021

Eligibility: Must be a graduating high school senior or identity as a woman or non-binary

Requirements: essay and letter of recommendation

Website: https://www.lambdapichi.org/page/2021_BookScholarship 

Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students | Due: May – June

Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students | Due: May – June

Check out these 5 scholarships to apply to! Deadlines are coming up soon, be sure to read the guidelines clearly.

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation

Deadline: June 6

Award: $1,000-$5,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be entering a post-secondary institution in the United States. High school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students are welcome to apply
  • Application is open to students who attend community college, university, and trade/vocational school 
  • Applicants should have a strong history of activism within the API and/or LGBTQ communities; however, do not need to identify as either to apply
  • Open to students who attend/enrolled in a US accredited school (no need to be a US citizen)

Link: https://theprismfoundation.org/scholarships

Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award

Deadline: May 20

Requirements: 

  • Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in journalism, be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession
  • Applicants also must demonstrate an awareness of the issues facing the LGBTQ community and the importance of fair and accurate news coverage
  • Applicants must be NLGJA: The association of LGBTQ journalists members in good standing 
  • Current and incoming undergraduate and graduate students can apply. Proof of acceptance or current enrollment required 

Link: https://www.nlgja.org/resources/aarons/

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

  • Award: one-year scholarships of $1,500 or $3,000 to those graduating high school or already enrolled in college in any year of study, including graduate school 
  • Deadline: June 11, 2021
  • Info/requirements:
    • Scholarships are paid directly to the recipient’s school and are applied toward tuition
    • Academic achievement
    • Outstanding community service and leadership
    • Commitment to impacting LGBTQ issues

Link: https://www.stonewallfoundation.org/scholarships

The Community College Scholarship Program

  • Award: $2,000-$4,800 in tuition scholarship each year and other counseling and coaching benefits from the program
  • Deadline: May 3rd
  • Requirements:
    • Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited CC based in the US in the fall of 2021
    • Must have 1-2 years of CC left AND (1) intending to transfer to a bachelor’s program at a four-year college for Fall 2022 or Fall 2023 OR (2) graduate with an associates degree in Fall 2023
    • Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community 

Link: https://pointfoundation.org/point-apply/community-college/

The Out to Innovate™  Scholarship

Award: This scholarship has various scholarships and awards. Check the website for further details

For scholarship guidelines and eligibility please visit the website as there are more than one scholarship and prices. 

Link: https://www.noglstp.org/programs-projects/scholarships/

Scholarships for Asian American Pacific Islander Students | Due: May – June

Scholarships for Asian American Pacific Islander Students | Due: May – June

Check out these 5 scholarships to apply to! Deadlines are coming up soon, be sure to read the guidelines clearly. You got this!

Hsiao Memorial Social Services Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: May 17, 2021

Academic level: Undergraduate student, recent graduate, graduate student 

Region: National

Field of Study: Preference to Social Sciences and Economics

Eligibility:

  • A graduate student attending college and university in the U.S. in fall 2020
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in the social sciences
  • Preference is given to topics that benefit those in social/economic need, especially Asian and Asian American communities
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or foreign national 
  • GPA requirement: 3.0 

Link: http://asianpacificfund.org/what-we-do/scholarships/apply-for-scholarship/#hsiao

Lapiz Family Scholarship 

Award: $2,000

Academic level: incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate in 2021-2022

University: University of California (preference given to Davis and Santa Cruz)
Eligibility: 

  • GPA requirement 3.0
  • Must be a US citizen 
  • Farmworker or child of farmworker or migrant farmworker 
  • Must show financial need

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Link: http://bit.ly/Lapiz-Family

Korean American Scholarship Foundation (Western Regional Chapter Applications*)

*NOTE: This scholarship is organized into seven regions and the application process is handled separately by each region, we are the Western Region Chapter)

GPA: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Heritage: Students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). If extra funds are available, other students (non-Korean) may qualify for some scholarship 

Enrollment (enrolled full time during scholarship application year):

  • Full-time undergraduate
  • graduate 
  • high school students 

Deadline: June 30th, 2021

Financial: can demonstrate a need for financial assistance

Link: https://www.kasf.org/apply-wrc/

AEP Diversity in the Environmental Profession Student Scholarship 

Award: $1,000

To whom: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color 

Academic level: open to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing an education in environmentally-related topics

Deadline: October 2nd 

Link: https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarship-directory/race/asian-pacific-islander/aep-diversity-in-the-environmental-professionstudent-scholarship

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

Academic Level: high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior, or four-year college/university 

Heritage: at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity

Major: major in the performing, visual arts, journalism, and/or mass communications.

Requirement: 

  • Must be a US citizen, national or permanent legal resident 

Link: https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarship-directory/race/asian-pacific-islander/against-the-grain-artistic-scholarship 

Scholarships for Black Students | Due: April – May

Scholarships for Black Students | Due: April – May

Check out these 5 scholarships to apply to! Deadlines are coming up soon, be sure to read the guidelines clearly. You got this!

United Health Foundation Louis Stokes Scholarship

Due: April 30, 2021

Award: Up to $8,000

Academic Level: Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctorate

Region: National

Field of Study: Career towards Health Care Professional

Description: Scholarship is open to Black and African-American students who are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program and pursuing, or planning to pursue, a degree in a health-related subject during the 2021-2022 academic school year. 

Link: https://www.cbcfinc.org/scholarships/faq-united-health-foundation-louis-stokes-scholarship/ 

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

Due: April 30, 2021

Award: Up to $20,000

Academic Level: Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctorate

Region: National

Field of Study: Any

Description: Scholarship is open to African-American/Black students currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited U.S. college or university. The scholarship is open to students of all majors.

Link: https://www.cbcfinc.org/scholarships/faq-cbc-spouses-education-scholarship/ 

JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA FOUNDATION 2021 

Due: May 12, 2021 

Award: $ 2,500

Academic Level: High School Student, Undergraduate Student 

Region: National 

Field of Study: Any

Eligibility: 

  • Be African American and a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be currently classified as a graduating high school senior. 
  • Be enrolled full-time for the fall 2021 semester at any accredited 4-year college or university.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer work and/or community service from June 2020 – June 2021.
  • Have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and have a demonstrated unmet financial need as verified by the applicant’s institution.

Link: https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/96e97e82-9bf1-450d-b09d-2fe87472e634  

CATHERINE W. PIERCE SCHOLARSHIP 2021

Due: May 19, 2021 

Award: $ 3,600

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student 

Region: National 

Field of Study: Art/ Art History

Requirements: 

  • Be enrolled full-time at any U.S. accredited 4-year institution for the 2021-2022 academic year 
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Be pursuing a degree in an Art or Art History discipline

Link: https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/268d571b-73cd-4d80-bf5b-37cf954b1761 

Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

Due: May 21, 2021

Award: Up to $10,000

Academic Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Students

Region: California

Field of Study: Law

Description: Scholarship is open to qualified students from minority groups underrepresented in law schools who attend one of the Law Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Link: https://www.sfbar.org/jdc/diversity/scholarship-program/ 

Scholarships for Undocumented Students | Due: April – May

Scholarships for Undocumented Students | Due: April – May

Check out these 5 scholarships to apply to! Deadlines are coming up soon, be sure to read the guidelines clearly. You got this! 

Great Minds in STEM Scholarships

Due: April 30, 2021 

Award: $500 – $10,000 

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student 

Region: National 

Field of Study: STEM 

Eligibility: 

  • Hispanic origin and/or have significantly participated in and promoted organizations and activities in the Hispanic community
  • Enroll in an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr undergraduate college or graduate program for the upcoming fall semester 
  • Must demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership, and campus/community activities
  • GPA requirement: 3.0 

Link: http://www.greatmindsinstem.org/scholarships/ 

$1,000 First-Generation Scholarship

Due: May 

Award: $1,000 

Academic Level: High School Senior, Community College Student, Continuation School Student, Nontraditional GED

Region: California (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus or Tulare County)

Field of Study: Any

Eligibility:

  • Incoming undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year
  • Must be a first-generation student 

Link: www.centralvalleyscholars.org/scholarships  

B. Davis Scholarship

Due: May 21, 2021

Award: $1,000 

Academic Level: High School Junior or Senior, Undergraduate Student 

Region: National 

Field of Study: Any 

Eligibility: 

  • Open to high school juniors and seniors and college students 

Link: http://studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm 

Humane Education Network: A Voice for Animals Contest 

Due: May 

Award: $600 

Academic Level: Under the age of 19

Region: National 

Field of Study: Any 

Eligibility: 

  • Open to all otherwise eligible students worldwide regardless of nationality, citizenship, or country of residence

Link: www.hennet.org/contest.php 

IvyPanda Essay Writing Contest Scholarship

Due: May 31st, 2021 

Award: $1,000

Academic Level: High School, Undergraduate Student

Region: National 

Field of Study: Any 

Eligibility:  

  • The scholarship is open to high school, college, and university students from any country. 
  • Applicant must submit an essay on one of three given topics related to COVID-19.

Link: https://www.ivypanda.com/scholarship-writing 

Applying for Scholarships

Applying for Scholarships

Scholarships are free money that you do not have to pay back. Scholarships are awarded based on grades, community service, major, class level, where you live, and more. The money that you are awarded can be used to pay for college tuition and other expenses. 

Investing in yourself 

Most scholarships have similar prompts, so you have the advantage of reworking the same essay for each application you submit. If a scholarship is worth $1,000 and you spend 10 hours writing an essay and submitting your scholarship application, it results in $100 per hour invested! Use the Scholarship Essay Worksheet to improve your essays and ability to receive multiple awards.

Getting started

Use Immigrant Rising’s Scholarship Lists and additional scholarship databases to identify scholarships you are eligible to apply. Use the Scholarship Search Chart to list the ones you are eligible for, including deadlines, and create an action plan. Remember the more scholarships you apply for, the greater your chances to be awarded. 

Immigrants Rising Scholarship Lists 

Undergraduate List

Graduate List 

Additional Scholarship Databases 

Dreamers Roadmap

Geneseo Migrant center

http://migrant.net/scholarships/

MALDEF

My Undocumented Life

https://mydocumentedlife.org/category/undergrad-scholarships/

Scholarships A-Z

Silicon Valley Community Foundation 

The College Expo

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Everything You Need to Know About Scholarships

Everything You Need to Know About Scholarships

Scholarships = free money! There are several scholarships to choose from: local, state, or nationwide scholarships. It is important to ensure that you are applying for all the scholarships available to you. Scholarships are a great way to pay for your turion or tuition related expenses. Books, technology, and even doing laundry on campus can get expensive. You should never pay for scholarship opportunities, be careful that you are not being scammed. 

 

To learn more about scholarships and get access to scholarship opportunities, download this guide You Need to Know About Scholarships. Guide provided by DecidED 

 

 

5 Scholarships for Undocumented Students: Due Dec. 2020 & Jan. 2021

5 Scholarships for Undocumented Students: Due Dec. 2020 & Jan. 2021

Has your financial aid been impacted due to the challenges that COVID-19 has presented? Same here! Paying for our education is a challenge. Especially when it comes to navigating scholarships and loans. If your financial aid has been impacted and you are finding ways to pay for your education, check out these 5 scholarships below! Good Luck!

5 Scholarships for Undocumented Students 

  1. Women in STEM Scholarship
    • Deadline: December 31, 2020
    • Academic Level: Any
    • Eligibility: Female international students who can legally study in the U.S. or Canada (U.S. permanent resident, DACA, or valid student visa).  Applicant must be accepted at or enrolled in, a full-time STEM degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school.
    • Region: National
    • Field of Study: STEM
    • To Apply: https://www.mpowerfinancing.com/scholarships/women-in-stem/
  2. Jackie Kent Cooke Foundation 
  3. Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
    • Deadline: January 21, 2021
    • Academic Level: Any
    • Eligibility: Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2020 Semester, non-DACA eligible.
    • Region: California
    • Field of Study: Any
    • To Apply: https://eliewieselfoundation.org/prize-ethics/contest/
  4. eQuality Scholarship
    • Deadline: January 31, 2021
    • Academic Level: High School Senior, Community College Transfers, Medical Students
    • Eligibility: Must have demonstrated service to the LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible. Eligible for non-DACA students. Check the website for full details.
    • Region: California
    • Field of Study: Any and Medical
    • To Apply: https://www.equalityscholarship.org/apply.html
  5. California Strawberry Scholarships
    • Deadline: February 1, 2021
    • Academic Level: Full-time enrollment in a trade school, community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested.
    • Eligibility: First-time applicants must have a parent that is currently employed as a California strawberry fieldworker for the current and prior two harvest seasons. (Applicants may also qualify if they are employed as a California strawberry fieldworker). Maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater.
    • Region: National
    • Field of Study: Any
    • To Apply: https://www.calstrawberry.com/en-us/Scholarships

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How to Apply for Scholarships

How to Apply for Scholarships

Applying for scholarships is tricky! Every scholarship is unique and asks for its own set of requirements. Not to mention, there are different types of scholarships! One thing to always remember is that scholarships are free money. You do not need to pay back a scholarship, it is not a loan! If you have questions about loans, click our previous post here. So let’s get started, how should we apply for scholarships? 

SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH TIPS

  1. Ask for Recommendation Letters 
  2. Have transcripts ready 
  3. Search for local scholarships
  4. Find scholarships that fit you 
  5. Use the ‘About Me’ Sheet in the PDF below to help brainstorm your characteristics 
  6. Keep a ‘Progress Checklist’ which can also be found in the PDF 

FREE MONEY: Outside Scholarship FAQs 

What are “outside scholarships?” Private sources of financial aid.

How can I get one? Most require an application – separate from FAFSA – and essay(s).

Who gives them? Offered by national corporations/institutions, local businesses, community-based organizations, and private foundations.

When are they due? Deadlines vary by scholarship – check early and often during your college search process.

Where can I use them? Most can be applied to any school, but some can only be used for college(s) in a specific location (e.g. region, state)

Why should I care? Scholarships are an excellent supplemental source of aid to cover the remaining costs after financial aid from your school.

Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s start preparing to apply! 

Download this guide to help you apply for scholarships!