Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students are students in the United States who were born abroad and are not US citizens or legal residents. These students are guaranteed an education in US public schools through grade 12, but they often face legal and financial challenges in their pursuit of higher education. Contrary to what some of these students may think, there is no federal or state law that prohibits undocumented students from attending US colleges.

We’ve combed our database and put together a list of scholarships for undocumented, international, and immigrant students, including those that explicitly do not require US citizenship.

Scholarships for Any Field of Study

I’m First Scholarship
This scholarship program is for first-generation college students. Undocumented students are eligible to apply.

Mexican American Dream Scholarship
This scholarship is for students who are immigrants or of immigrant descent. Applicants must be affiliated with a Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM) Federation or Club or be AB-540 students.

CORE Que Llueva Café Scholarship

This scholarship is for undocumented students of Chicano/Latino descent. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors.

Davis-Putter Scholarship
This scholarship is for students who are active in movements for social and/or economic justice. US citizenship is not required.

Activ8 Scholarship
This scholarship is for Latino students who demonstrate financial need. Non-US citizens and undocumented students are eligible to apply.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest
This essay contest is for undergraduate students attending American colleges and universities. American citizenship is not required.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is for Hispanic students enrolled in an eligible bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Applicants must reside in the United States.

Dream Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who immigrated to the United States as children.

Herbert Lehman Scholarship
This scholarship is for high school seniors, high school graduates, and currently enrolled college freshmen of any ethnicity. Non-US citizens are eligible.

National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students
This essay contest is for high school students in the United States and its territories. Students attending high school in the United States are eligible regardless of citizenship.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
This essay contest is for full-time college juniors and seniors attending colleges or universities in the United States. International students and non-citizens are eligible.

Los Hermanos de Stanford Scholarship
This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors of Latino/Latina descent who are attending any two- or four-year institution of higher learning. Non-US citizenship does not affect eligibility.

Momeni Foundation Financial Assistance Scholarship
This scholarship is for students of Iranian descent. Scholarships are available regardless of citizenship or country of residency.

Broome & Allen Scholarship
This scholarship is for students of Sephardic Jewish origin or who are working in Sephardic studies. US citizenship is not required.

Point Foundation Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for students who are involved in the LGBTQ community. Students are eligible regardless of citizenship; however, they must attend an accredited institution within the United States.

Foster Care to Success Scholarships
This scholarship is for orphans and/or students who have been in foster care while living in the United States. US citizenship is not a requirement.

Ayn Rand We the Living Essay Contest
This essay contest is for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders worldwide. There are no citizenship requirements. To apply, applicants must submit an essay on the book, We the Living by Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Contest
This essay contest is for 8th, 9th, and 10th graders worldwide. There are no citizenship requirements. To apply, applicants must submit an essay on the book, Anthem by Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand The Fountainhead Essay Contest
This essay contest is for 11th and 12th graders worldwide. There are no citizenship requirements. To apply, applicants must submit an essay on the book, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
This essay contest is for 12th graders, college undergraduates, and graduate students worldwide. There are no citizenship requirements. To apply, applicants must submit an essay on the book, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship for High School Juniors
This scholarship is for high school juniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. International students attending high school in the United States are eligible to apply.

“My Mentor Was Me” Scholarship Video Challenge
This scholarship is for students attending a school within the United States. International students are eligible. Applicants must submit a video that identifies and describes the impact a mentor has had on their pursuit of success and the importance of mentor-mentee relationships.

DLG Viral Video Scholarship Contest
This scholarship is for students attending an accredited US college or university. International students are eligible.

Scholarships for Specific Fields of Study

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is for Hispanic students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, or a related field. Applicants must be members of SHPE. US citizenship is not required.

Earl Warren Scholarships
This scholarship is for college graduates who are planning to attend an accredited US law school. Non-US citizens are eligible.

Great Minds in STEM / HENAAC Scholars Program
This scholarship is for Hispanic students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math. US citizens are encouraged to apply.

Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is for rising college juniors and seniors who are studying television and film production. Non-US citizens are eligible as long as they are enrolled at a US college or university.

Chefs4Students.org Culinary Grant/Scholarship
This scholarship is for students majoring in culinary arts, pastry and baking, restaurant management, dietetics, nutrition, food science, and other related studies. US citizenship is not a requirement.

Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship
This scholarship is for students studying sustainable agriculture. International students are eligible as long as they are studying at a US school.

Women in Aerospace Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is for women of any citizenship or nationality who are interested in pursuing a career in the aerospace field.

LMSA Scholarship for US Medical Students
This scholarship is for Hispanic students who are enrolling in a US-accredited medical school. Students are eligible regardless of immigration status.

AACE International Competitive Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in engineering, construction management, building construction, computer sciences, business, quantity surveying, or information technology. Citizenship is not a requirement.

American Nuclear Society John and Muriel Landis Scholarship
This scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field. Applicants do not need to be US citizens.

Google Lime Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for students with disabilities who are pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field. International students in the United States and Canada are encouraged to apply.

Microsoft Scholarship Program – General Scholarships
This scholarship is for students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline. International students are eligible as long as they are studying in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

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