Fellowships for Undocumented Students
Please note: many off-campus awards fall into more than one category. If you would like assistance identifying fellowship opportunities, please contact ONIF. For campus scholarship listings, login with your LMU ID here.
Deadlines are approximate.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Ayn Rand’s novels are inspiring and intellectually challenging. But they can also be financially rewarding for high school and college students.
Eligibility: 12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students
National Deadline: May
Best & Brightest Scholarship Program
Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. awards academic scholarships to aspiring undergraduate and graduate college students pursuing careers in public service related fields.
Benefits: $3000 and tuition for the MMF Leadership Development Institute (LDI).
- Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or currently have AB 540 status.
- Application opportunity targets, but is not limited to the following ethnic groups; African-American, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic/ Latino, or Indian / Native-American.
- Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate (Minimum Sophomore Standing) or full-time graduate student. Official Proof of enrollment required.
- Applicant must be pursuing a career in a public service related field.
- Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
National Deadline: August
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
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
This Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was established in 1989 by our Foundation. Thousands of students from hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation have participated. Through their writing, they explored their concerns and beliefs, their fears and their hopes.
Eligibility: Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States.
National Deadline: December.
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.
Amount: Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of 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 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 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.
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 profession degree program.*
Recording of LMU's Campus Info Session: April 2018 & 2018 Knight Hennessy Scholars Program Webinar Slides
Intent to Apply Deadline: July 1
Optional Applicant Workshop: July 10
Campus Deadline: August 31
National Deadline: September 12
*Undocumented students should verify eligibility/admission requirements for the graduate program of interest at Stanford.
La Unidad Latina
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.
National Deadline: Varies
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.
Benefits: Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years.
1. NEW AMERICAN STATUS
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a fellowship program intended for United States immigrants and children of immigrants. To be eligible, an applicant’s 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 as of the November 1, 2017 application deadline:
- Born in the US: You are a US citizen by birth and both of your parents were born abroad as non-US citizens.
- 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.
- Green Card: You are in possession of a valid green card.
- 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 as a result of your adoption.
- DACA: You have been granted deferred action under the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and your status is currently active.
2. ACADEMIC STANDING
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 of 2018, and may be applying to graduate school as they are applying to 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 fulltime 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 full 2018-19 academic year. Eligible applicants must not have begun the third year of the program that they are seeking funding for as of the November 1, 2017 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.
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
Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)
The PPIA program prepares junior-level undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI). JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at a designated host campus.
Once a student has successfully completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.
- Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
- Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
- A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
- University housing with a meal plan.
- Books and related course materials at your JSI.
- Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
- Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
- Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.
- If you are a United States citizen or legal permanent resident you are eligible to apply to all JSI programs. International students, who are currently studying at U.S. institutions are eligible to apply, and may be accepted to study at select U.S. institutions.
- Junior-level standing at the time of applying.
- Must not have attained a Bachelor’s Degree before start of Junior Summer Institute.
- Must be committed to completing a Master’s Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.
- Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public services such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs.
- Must be interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Fellowship Program.
- Economic need is considered during the review of applications.
- All academic majors are welcome to apply!
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.
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
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.
Amount: Scholarship America provides Dream Awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 based on the individual student’s financial need. Each student’s award will increase by $1,000 each year to help them successfully finish school and earn their degrees.
- 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: April
Results Announced: July