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DACA and International Students

DACA scholarships are for undocumented students who enter the United States prior to age 16 and receive “deferred action status. They are not eligible to be American citizens. They are considered DACA students. Several scholarships may help undocumented students pursue a degree program within their state. TheDream.US offers two different scholarships for high school and community college graduates and those who have no access to college.

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Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Scholarship

Majors: Business, Accounting, Finance or STEM. Classifications: rising Sophomores, rising Juniors, rising Seniors, Graduate students. * Must be a Member to apply for scholarships – MSU has a student chapter: https://business.montclair.edu/about/events/49585 – If you are interested in participating in networking/recruitment activities or internships, please contact Diane Freedman, Career Services Director at freedmand@mail.montclair.edu or 973-655-6965.

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Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship

The “Que Llueva Café” Scholarship aims to support the dreams, hopes and aspirations of college bound undocumented students so that they can earn their college education and allow for all of their hard work and sacrifice to persevere.

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CHCI Next Opp: Scholarships (Variety)

Comprehensive List of Scholarships

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Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement. Applicants must have participated in activities in the US, and there is a strong preference for applicants who plan on working in this country.

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Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students, in an accredited 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. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented).

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Esperanza Educational Fund Scholarship

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community. Open to High school seniors in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA who have enrolled or plans to enroll in an accredited postsecondary college program the following fall. This award is open to any immigrants or children of two immigrants, regardless of citizenship status.

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La Unidad Latina Foundation: National Scholarship

LULF supports all students, regardless of legal status, who have demonstrated a dedication to advancing the Latino community.

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MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship

* We have created this scholarship specifically for international and DACA students. Therefore, U.S. citizens wishing to study in the U.S. and Canadian citizens wishing to study in Canada are not eligible for this scholarship. * In recognition of the extraordinary potential of these students, we’ve created the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship. We’ve intentionally designed this scholarship program to be as broad as possible to match the broad, diverse experiences of international students. There’s no requirement to be an MPOWER borrower to apply! Scholarships awarded annually to international and DACA students enrolled at Universities MPOWER supports.

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MPOWER Women in STEM Scholarship

Scholarships awarded annually to female international/DACA students who are currently enrolled or accepted to study full-time in a STEM degree program at a program MPOWER supports in the United States or Canada.

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Scholarships that do not require a FAFSA


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The Dream US: National Scholarship

TheDream.US National Scholarship awards up to $14,500 for an associate’s degree and $29,000 for bachelor’s degree. Eligible students must be a high school, GED graduate or community college graduate. You must have a DACA or TPS status or meet other immigration criteria. You must be admitted to an approved Partner College.

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The Dream US: Opportunity Scholarship

Another one is TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship is for DREAMers who live in states where they have no access to college. They may pay out of state tuition or their state will not admit them into its universities. The award will pay up to $80,000 for a bachelor’s degree. You must have a DACA or TPS status or meet other immigration criteria. You must also be admitted to an approved Partner College. These are great scholarship opportunities for DREAMer Scholars who need support in their academic success.

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