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Do you know of scholarships for undocumented students?

I'm currently under DACA and would like help in finding scholarships for students like me. Specially any for books and or on campus residency. #scholarships #daca


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Sheena Daree’s Answer

Hi there,

It's great to hear you are being proactive about finding funds to support your education.

Some places that maintain lists and databases of scholarships that are open to undocumented students and don't require U.S. citizenship include:
- http://lares.uic.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/71/2020/03/UNDOC_DACA-Scholarships.pdf
- https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
- https://immigrantsrising.org/resources/
- https://mydocumentedlife.org/category/college-scholarships/

A number of institutions have emergency funds that can be used for books and housing; to learn about this you'll want to speak with an academic advisor or other person familiar with campus resources.

If you're looking for graduate school funds, you'll want to learn about the Soros Fellowship for New Americans. It is very competitive but if you've done work that makes a difference, it may be a fit. https://www.pdsoros.org/

Remember to keep in mind other aspects of your identity as you search for funds. Do lots of Google searches. Read the fine print: while a scholarship might not explicitly say undocumented/DACA students are eligible, they very well may be.

Best wishes

Sheena Daree recommends the following next steps:

Next: visit some of the URLs listed above
Start a spreadsheet to manage deadlines and requirements
Research personal statement advice
As you write, try to imagine what the selection committee may be looking for. Why should they fund you over other worthy people with need? Hint: it's helpful to talk about who else will benefit if you're funded, and the contributions the funds and your education will prepare you to make to society
Don't overlook small awards. I've heard students say $100 isn't worth the time. If many students think this way, that means it won't be as competitive. Learn to recycle, tailor and edit your materials so that applying doesn't take forever

Thank you so much! Eimee D.

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Romy’s Answer

Eimee:

First off, let me say that I am incredibly proud of your continued courage and resilience in striving to better your future through education. I know it is not easy, especially in the current political climate.

Wayne & Sheena have provided great resources to get you started for scholarship resources. Understanding the laws relevant to financial aid applicable to your state are also important, such as that Illinois allows undocumented students who fall under eligibility guidelines to receive in-state tuition, that (as recently passed) Illinois allows undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition to be eligible for state aid for their postsecondary education (HB 2691), and other rules relevant to your target schools. Reach out to your target schools and ask for listings of scholarships, for policies for applying for state financial aid, and any other community organizations that may be able to help.

Don't give up on your goals and know that there are people willing to support you as you strive for this better future!

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Victoria’s Answer

If you are in an rea that is a bit more liberal and accepting (inclusive), the financial aide offices of your local schools could be a resource. They may have information on their website, or you may be able to speak with someone anonymously if you call the office. I would also suggest your local library (either in-person or online), whichever feels safest to you.

Lastly, there are non-profits specifically set up to assist undocumented persons. If you don't have any in your area, there are plenty in and around the San Francisco area. Google and see what you can find out.

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Victoria’s Answer

If you are in an rea that is a bit more liberal and accepting (inclusive), the financial aide offices of your local schools could be a resource. They may have information on their website, or you may be able to speak with someone anonymously if you call the office. I would also suggest your local library (either in-person or online), whichever feels safest to you.

Lastly, there are non-profits specifically set up to assist undocumented persons. If you don't have any in your area, there are plenty in and around the San Francisco area. Google and see what you can find out.

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Wayne’s Answer

Good day Eimee. I found a URL with over 50 scholarships for DACA / Undocumented Students -- https://getschooled.com/article/1320-scholarships-for-undocumented-daca-mented-students-get-that-money/.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Thank you means alot! Eimee D.

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