Scholarships Available to Immigrants Regardless of Status


Sometimes it is not easy to pursue your dreams when your immigration status is an obstacle to achieving them. As immigration advocates, we continue to fight to provide our nation’s immigrants with a more inclusive and welcoming community where all residents are treated equally. One way to continue this work is by sharing resources that will advance the future and empowerment of immigrants.

The following are scholarship opportunities available to immigrant students regardless of their immigration status. Whether you are documented or undocumented, your immigration status should not inhibit you from going to college and pursuing your educational dreams!

Make sure as you check each of these scholarships that you read through their guidelines and follow through with their deadlines.

If you are interested in joining our Long Island Dream Coalition to continue to fight for equal education regardless of status by making the New York DREAM Act a reality in 2015, please contact us!

1. Becas Univision 2015
Univision is offering 34 scholarships ($5,000 each) to students in high school, transferring from community college, and current college students. Click here for more information!

2. Dream Summer 2015
Dream Summer is a national internship program of the Dream Resource Center. The U.S. Senate’s failure to pass the DREAM Act in 2010 sparked conversations among immigrant youth leaders on how to effectively sustain the immigrant youth movement, giving birth to Dream Summer, a national internship program. Find the application here.

3. Ascend Educational Fund Scholarship
Ascend Educational Fund awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school to attend public or private colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. Apply today.

4. CUNY Becas Scholarship Program
This is a program that offers scholarships that range from $4,500 to $6,030 to CUNY undergraduate and graduate students who meet three criteria: academic excellence, financial need, and commitment to service in the Mexican community. Find more information here.

5.OCIYU 2015 Scholarship
The Orange County Immigrant Youth United recently opened its 2015 scholarship program! Since 2011, OCIYU has provided $11,500 in scholarships. They are one of few nationwide scholarship programs that is by and for undocumented youth. Now open.

6. RAISE: Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast Scholarship
The RAISE Scholarship 2015 is a $500 non-renewable scholarship for pan-Asian undocumented people. There will be five (5) scholarships (each for $500) awarded in Spring 2015 to five (5) different applicants in the areas of Arts & Culture, Higher Education, Leadership, Community Service, and Professional Development. The RAISE Scholarship 2015 is made possible by artist and writer, Sahra Vang Nguyen, and presented in collaboration with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City. Click here to apply.

7. Colombian Education Fund
Applicants must have applied to or be enrolled as a full-time student in a college or university, including two-year nonprofit institution in the United States where credits can be earned towards an associates or bachelor’s degree, including community and junior colleges. The scholarship may not be used at technical college, vocational programs and for-profit colleges. Scholarship recipient may pursue any degree program of their choice.

Students not currently matriculated in a college or university may also apply, but funds will not be disbursed until the student if matriculated. A student will not be eligible for a scholarship is he/she is related to any Consulate employee, scholarship committee member or an individual contributor to the local funds. More information can be found here.