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ONIF proudly serves and supports our undocumented students.

The opportunities below represent a sample of fellowships available to undocumented students. To receive a personalized action plan that includes fellowship opportunities based on your interests and goals, please schedule an advisement appointment.

Deadlines are approximate.

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship

    CLLCF is pleased to invite all qualified California residents to apply for a  $5,000 scholarship. This scholarship program was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.

    Benefits: Up to $5,000


    • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
    • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale 
    • Be a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing
    • All students, irrespective of immigration status, are eligible to apply

    National Deadline: June

  • Davis-Putter Scholarship

    The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.

    Amount: The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant’s circumstances and the amount of money available.

    Location: Individuals can participate in this program while attending most public institutions. See website for more information.

    Eligibility: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement. Applicants must have participated in activities in the US.

    National Deadline: March 31

    Results Announced: July

  • Google Lime Scholarship Program

    Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the candidates' academic background and a demonstrated passion for computer science. 


    • $10,000 for those studying in the US and $5,000 for those studying in Canada (based on tuition costs).


    • A current undergraduate, graduate or PhD student enrolled at a university in the U.S. or Canada (freshmen/first years and international students studying in the U.S. or Canada are eligible to apply); and also
    • Continuing current studies or intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a new program (e.g., graduating and pursuing an advanced degree) at a university in the U.S. or Canada 
    • Pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field (such as software engineering; or electrical engineering with a heavy computer science course load)
    • Maintaining a strong academic performance
    • A student with a visible or invisible disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term, or recurring, issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider to be a daily function); this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists. We know that 90% of disabilities on campus are invisible, and candidates with all disabilities are encouraged to apply
    • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a commitment to and passion for computer science and technology
    • Previous Google Lime Scholars are unfortunately not able to be considered

    National Deadline: November

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholarship Program

    HACU is pleased to be the administrator of scholarship opportunities provided by our partners to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures.

    Benefits: Awards vary, amounts range from $500 to $5,000.


    • Varies by scholarship
    • Minimum of 2.0-2.5 GPA, based on award 
    • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
    • Other reqs depending on the scholarship

    National Deadline:Varies

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.

    Benefits: Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.


    • Must be of Hispanic Heritage
    • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students
    • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
    • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
    • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)

    National Deadline: March

  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars

    Knight Hennessy Scholars will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford. This includes the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as all joint- and dual-degrees. In addition to pursuing your graduate studies, shape your own experience as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar through the King Global Leadership Program. As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you will develop both the depth and range of subject expertise to confront the numerous grand challenges and opportunities of the future. You will be part of a unique community of change agents from a diverse range of backgrounds.


    • Tuition and education expenses for any graduate program at Stanford


    • Citizens of all countries are welcome to apply. 
    • You are eligible to apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars if you apply during your final year of study for your first/bachelor's degree or within four years of earning your first/bachelor’s degree.  
    • You must also meet the admission requirements of your intended Stanford graduate or professional degree program.


    Recording of 2022 Knight Hennessy Info Session,  2018 Knight Hennessy Scholars Program Webinar Slides 


    *Undocumented students should verify eligibility/admission requirements for the graduate program of interest at Stanford.

  • Korean American Scholarship Foundation

    KASF scholarships are offered to qualified Korean American students (including foreign students from Korea).

    Benefits: Amounts range from $500 to $5,000


    • Must be of Korean heritage (i.e., have a Korean parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent, or be adopted from Korea).
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • Can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

    National Deadline: June

  • La Unidad Latina Foundation

    The La Unidad Latina Foundation was established to serve as an independent, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to educational achievement and civic empowerment in the Latino community.

    Students whose primary residence is in New York may also apply for one of five New York State Regional scholarships for $1,000. Students who are seeking study abroad, internship, or other international experiences in Latin America may also apply for the GLC Mateo Gomez Memorial Scholarship for $1,000.

    Amount: $500-$2,000; $1,000 for additional scholarships

    National Deadline: March

  • Paul and Daisy Soros Scholarship for New Americans

    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.


    • Up to $90,000 in support over the course of two years for graduate program tuition and living stipend
    • Attendance at annual Fall Conference in New York City, fully paid



    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a fellowship program intended for United States immigrants and children of immigrants. To be eligible, your birth parents must have both been born outside of the US as non-US citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births. In addition, one of the following must be true of the applicant by the November deadline:

    • US Citizen by Birth: You are a US citizen by birth and one of the following is true:
      • Both of your birth parents were born abroad as non-US citizens and were not eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births.
      • You were raised by only one of your birth parents, the parent that raised you was born abroad as a non-US citizen, and your second birth parent was not a part of your life growing up and you have no contact with them.
    • Born abroad: You were born abroad as a non-US citizen and one of the following is true:
      • Naturalized Citizen: You have been naturalized as a US citizen either on your own or as a minor child under the application of one of your parents.
      • Adopted: You were born outside of the US or one of its territories and were subsequently adopted by American parents and were awarded US citizenship because of your adoption.
      • Green Card: You are in possession of a valid green card.
      • Refugee & Asylees: You have been granted asylum or refugee status in the US.
      • If None of the Other Categories Above Apply: Graduated from High School and College in the US: If none of the other categories apply to you and you were born abroad, you must have graduated from both high school and college in the US (this includes current and past DACA recipients).


    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a fellowship program intended for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing full-time graduate degrees at United States institutions. Eligible applicants will have a bachelor’s degree as of the fall deadline and may be applying to graduate school as they are applying for the fellowship, or they may already be enrolled in the graduate program that they are seeking funding for as of the application deadline. The fellowship program is open to all fields of study and fully accredited full-time graduate degree programs. In order to be eligible for the 2018 fellowship, an applicant should be planning to be enrolled full-time in an eligible graduate degree program at a US university for the following academic year. Eligible applicants must not have begun the third year of the program that they are seeking funding for as of the November deadline. Applicants who have a previous graduate degree or who are in a joint-degree program are eligible.

    Ineligible programs: Online programs, executive graduate programs, joint bachelors/master's programs, certificate programs, post-baccalaureate programs, graduate programs that are not in the United States, and graduate programs that are not fully accredited.

    3. AGE

    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a fellowship program intended for students who are early in their careers. All students must be 30 or younger as of the application deadline.

    National Deadline: November

  • MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program

    MALDEF has always sought to support law students who seek to further MALDEF's mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession.

    Amount: $5,000

    Eligibility: Open to all law students currently enrolled full time at an accredited United States law school. Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most important, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers.

    National Deadline: December

  • Samvid Scholars Program

    A new scholarship for future leaders and changemakers, Samvid Scholars was established in 2021 by Samvid Ventures to invest in the graduate education of future leaders who are committed to effecting positive change in society.


    • Up to $50K for tuition and fees each year for two years of study in an eligible graduate program
    • Two years of leadership development programming to support them to continue to fulfill their extraordinary potential 
    • Access to robust ongoing programming and an alumni community of mentorship, collaboration, and lifelong relationships 


    • Pursue a full-time graduate program of 2 years or longer at a university in the United States, in one of the following eligible programs:
      • MD
      • MBA
      • JD
      • MPP/MPA
      • MPH
      • EdD
      • MS/MA in the social sciences or STEM
    • Be a first-year graduate student for the following academic year
    • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5
    • Be a U.S. citizen or DACA recipient
    • Maintain good academic standing in order to remain eligible for the second year of the scholarship

    National Deadline: June

  • Scholarship America Dream Award

    The Dream Award is Scholarship America’s renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have overcome barriers and have successfully started their college education. Awards were made to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school; the scholarships are both renewable and increase in amount each year. 


    • Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 based on the individual student’s financial need.
    • Renewable for up to three years.


    • Be at least 17 years of age.
    • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
    • Have received a high school diploma or the equivalent from a U.S. school.
    • Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by June of the award year.
    • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the following academic year.
    • Be studying to obtain an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree.
    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
    • Demonstrate financial need.

    National Deadline: March

    Results Announced: May

  • Voyager Scholarship for Public Service

    This scholarship gives rising college juniors financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them.


    • Up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid for their junior and senior years of college; totaling $50,000
    •  a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior year of college. The students will design their own Summer Voyage to gain exposure to new communities and experience in a chosen field.
    • After graduation, Airbnb will provide the students with a $2,000 travel credit every year for 10 years, totaling $20,000. 
    • Students will be invited each fall to an annual summit (expenses-paid) to help define and inspire their public service journey. 


    • Rising juniors at the time of application
    • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
    • Have demonstrated a commitment to public service
    • Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation
    • Be a United States (US) citizen, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)
    • Students must demonstrate financial need to be considered for the program.
    • Preference may be given to applicants with no or limited prior engagement with other leadership programs in their undergraduate experience. 

    National Deadline: March