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 students, including those that explicitly do not require US citizenship.

Scholarships for Any Field of Study

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

TheDream.US Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for undocumented students who are DACA eligible and have applied for or received DACA approval. Applicants must attend a partner college.

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.

Hamilton Award
This scholarship is for high school juniors who are self-starters and demonstrate a strong record of community service, commitment to their academic studies, and financial and/or personal need. 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 and encouraged to apply.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest
This scholarship 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. Undocumented students and non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

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 to apply.

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. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

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 citizens are eligible to apply.

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. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

Point Foundation Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for students who are involved in the LGBTQ community. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

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. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

A Voice for Animals Contest
This contest is for high school students who have participated in projects that promote the humane treatment of animals. Students are eligible regardless of nationality, citizenship, or country of residence.

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.

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, and are members of SHPE. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

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

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

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.

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. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

National Sculpture Society Scholarship
This scholarship is for students studying sculpture art. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

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