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Scholarships for Undocumented Students

America has long been known as the land of opportunity and it still lives up to that reputation. This country provides more opportunity than any other for pursuing a higher education, and even undocumented students are free to attend college and can get financial assistance if needed. While many scholarships are only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, there are also many valuable scholarships that are designed especially for undocumented students. If you are undocumented and want to attend a U.S. college, look into these scholarship opportunities:

Gloria and Joseph Mattera National Scholarship Fund for Migrant Children

The Gloria and Joseph Mattera scholarships for undocumented students have the mission of offering financial assistant to migrant youth who wish to earn a higher education to meet career and personal goals. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be enrolled in or entering a postsecondary program, be high school dropouts, or be potential dropouts. Scholarships are valued at between $150 and $500. For applications and further details, visit the official scholarship site here.

Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship

These scholarships are designed to honor long time migrant educator, Frank Kazmierczak. In order to qualify for the $1,000 scholarships, students must be the children of migrant workers or migrant workers themselves. In addition, they must demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need and be planning to enter a career in teaching. Scholarships are available at www.migrant.net and are due February 1.

Communicate and Connect Scholarship

The scholarships provided by Rosetta Stone in the amount of $3,000 can be used for undocumented students. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be graduating seniors who learned English as a second language. To apply, students must complete an essay on one of several assigned topics. Applicants must be submitted by May 15. For applications and details, visit www.rosettastone.com.

CORE’s Que Llueva Café Scholarship

CORE’s scholarships are awarded to students based on a personal life story, including compelling challenges to education and success as well as financial need. Other considerations include the applicant’s extracurricular involvement in work, clubs, and community service, academic promise, and potential for achievement. High school students and GED holders who are enrolling for the first time in college in the U.S. or Puerto Rico are invited to apply at www.ca-core.org.

Undocumented students face a number of challenges to getting a higher education and building successful lives in the United States. These scholarships for undocumented students are designed to help students overcome some of these barriers so they can get an education and become successful, productive members of our society.

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