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For DACA Non-U.S. Citizens:

Many scholarships and fellowships that receive U.S. federal funding will usually require U.S. citizenship.  Other national scholarship and fellowship foundations (e.g. the Marshall Scholarships) may have U.S. citizenship as part of their mission or eligibility requirements, although many foundations extend their eligibility to permanent residents, DACA students, or to undocumented students more broadly.

ONIA is committed to providing inclusive opportunities for all of our Western students. Below you will find links to a selection of options for undocumented students.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers

Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Grants under $500.00. Grants up to $2,500.00 awarded semi-annually. 

BMI Student Composer Award

The BMI Foundation Composer Awards is an annual competition open to young composers engaged in the study of classical music. Our oldest awards program in any genre, the competition has a prestigious history of discovering and encouraging many of today’s most prominent and talented young composers. A total $20,000 in grants awarded.

Byron Hanke

The Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR) awards its Byron Hanke Fellowship to selected graduate students to implement research projects related to the development, management and governance of common interest communities and their community associations. Find out more about Byron Hanke.Award amount: $2,000 to $5,000. 

Chicano Oraganizing & Research in Education

Our mission, through advocacy and research, is to inform policy makers, educational leaders, institutions and other interested entities about issues relating to the Chicano/Latino community across the Preschool – Graduate School (P-20) educational system.  Ultimately, C.O.R.E. aims to ensure that all Chicano/Latino students are provided an education that allows them to choose career and life paths based on their interests and goals. Awarded amount: $500. 

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Fund was founded in 1961 as the Marian Davis Scholarship Fund, a memorial to a teacher and political activist who died of breast cancer in 1960. Marian was an advocate for racial justice and the rights of labor. While raising her family, she was also at home in the classroom, on the picket line, or in a jail cell.

Marian’s husband, Horace B. Davis, who was called Hockey by all who knew and loved him, organized the Fund as a tribute to her. Hockey was committed to creating a Fund to honor a talented teacher, loved by her students, who was persecuted for her work for peace and freedom. Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student; citizenship is not a consideration.  Awarded amount: $8,000. 

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

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). Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students for the Fall 2023 – Spring 2024 academic year. This includes high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors up to age 25. Awards $1,000 to students attending a four-year college and $500 for students attending two-year schools.  

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics

For full-time college juniors and seniors attending U.S. colleges or universities.  International and non-U.S. citizen students are eligible. Awarded amount: $500 to $5,000.  

Golden Door Scholars

Forr DACA students and scholarships for undocumented students. Students may be high school seniors or recent graduates.  Preference will be given to high school graduates from states that require undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition.

Google Lime Scholarship Program

Google's education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. As part of our commitment, we’ve partnered with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers, to help university students with disabilities work toward their academic goals in the field of computer science. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2022-2023 school year

La Unidad Latina

La Unidad Latina Foundation was established on September 18, 1999 by alumni of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. with the purpose to serve as an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing Latino educational achievement.

MALDEF Dream Act

For college and graduate students that have a demonstrated record of activism around immigrant rights and/or active in the Dreamer movement.  Awarded amount: $5,000.  

MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program

The MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program is awarded to law school students that have a record of service to the Latino community.  Awarded amount: $1,000 to $5,000.

Mexican American Dream Scholarship

Each year in the fall, COFEM invites AB-540/DACA students, or students who are members of a COFEM-affiliated federation or club, to apply for its scholarships. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a four-year accredited University or a two-year program at a Community College. Through a fundraising and matching collaborative, this scholarship program seeks to award scholarships of $500 to Community College students and $1,000 to undergraduate students attending four-year colleges or universities.​  Recipients of AB540 and DACA students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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