SECTION III: Scholarships / Financial Aid

There are scholarships available for undocumented students through private organizations and some colleges and universities offer institutional scholarships and grants.

Students must think carefully about how to talk about their immigration status on college and scholarship applications. Undocumented students should never, ever misrepresent or lie about immigration status, social security numbers, etc. Students should try to make sure the reader knows the challenges they have faced, their economic need, and their motivation.

Scholarships Offered by Colleges and Universities

Each college implements its own scholarship application procedures. If you are presented with a question that does not apply to you, do one of two things:

  • seek guidance from the college (let them tell you how they prefer that you answer the question); or
  • leave the appropriate section blank and contact the financial aid advisor at the college for further advice.

Staff at the college can then work with you on an individual basis and provide additional guidance to assist in the processing of your scholarship application.

Private Scholarships Offered by Businesses, Service Agencies, or Philanthropic Organizations

Some businesses and philanthropic organizations provide scholarships to students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents – some resources are listed below. Contact each scholarship provider for applications and details about requirements and deadlines.

Local Scholarships

The Dream Project
https://www.dreamproject-va.org

Arlington Community Foundation
http://www.arlcf.org

Esperanza Fund
http://www.esperanzafund.org/scholarship/

Mary Marshall Scholarship:
http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/Commissions/WomenCommission/MaryMarshallScholarshipApplic2011.pdf

Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League
http://www.arlingtonfairfax-iwla.org/Scholarships.php

Ilumina Scholarship
http://www.proboliviausa.org/educacion/beca_ilumina/Ilumina_Application_2013.pdf

Latino/a Law Students’ Association
http://www.apsva.us/cms/lib2/VA01000586/Centricity/Domain/1606/LASLA%20Scholarship%202013.pdf

Virginia High School League
http://www.vhsl.org/about.scholarships

Virginia PTA Scholarship for future teachers
http://www.vapta.org/resources/for-students/scholarship.html

 

National Scholarships and Databases

Dreams2
http://www.cfgreateratlanta.org/Grants-Support/Scholarships/Dreams2-Scholarship-Fund-.aspx

McDonald’s Educates
http://www.mcdonaldseducates.com/scholarship_01.html

Optimist International
http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships3.cfm

GreenPal Business Scholarship
http://yourgreenpal.com/scholarship

Chicano Organizing & Research in Education–Que Llueva Café Scholarship
http://www.ca-core.org/que_llueva_cafe

Get Ready for College
http://www.getreadyforcollege.org/pdfGR/ScholarshipsUndocumented.pdf

FastWeb
http://www.fastweb.org

Latino College Dollars: Scholarships for Latino Students
http://www.latinocollegedollars.org

Mexican American Legal and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
http://www.maldef.org/assets/pdf/MALDEF_Scholarship_Resource_Guide.pdf

Migrant Scholarships
http://www.migrant.net/migrant/scholarships.htm

Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)
http://www.salef.org

United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
http://www.ushli.org/docs/2012Scholarship Application.pdf

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
http://hsf.net

Chicana Organizing and Research in Education Que Llueva Café Scholarship
http://www.ca-core.org/que_llueva_cafe

Get Ready for College Database
http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/pdf/ScholarshipsUndocumented.pdf

Other Financial Aid Resources:
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators: Student Aid Tips for Undocumented Students
http://www.nasfaa.org/EntrancePDF.aspx?id=6528


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