Undocumented Students

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, Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

    Deadline: Late October

    The Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest awards 84 students prizes of varying values for their essays, depending on their places. The essay explores Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, but the specific essay topics change every year.

  • Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship

    Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies per grant

    The Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship strives to encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history in migrant farmwork. There are two grants: one for under $500, and one for up to $2,500. Scholarships are awarded for the following art disciplines:

    • Visual: painting, sculpture, photography, etc.
    • Performing: dance, theatre, music, etc.
    • Media: film, video, animation, computer graphics, etc.
    • Literary: poetry, short series, etc.
    • Crafts: traditional folk arts, furniture, weaving, pottery, etc.
  • Best & Brightest Scholarship Program

    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

  • BMI Student Composer Award

    BMI Student Composer Award

    Deadline: Mid-February

    The BMI Student Composer Awards is an annual competition open to young composers studying classical music and are determined for vocal, instrumental, and electronic compositions. Prizes range from $500 to $5,000.

  • Byron Hanke Fellowship

    Byron Hanke Fellowship

    Deadline: May 1

    The Byron Hanke Fellowship awards $3,000 to $5,000 to graduate students working on topics related to community associations, including condominiums, cooperatives, townhouse developments, planned unit developments, etc. The graduate student is funded to research and write a thesis dealing with these communities, covering one of the following topics:

    • Financial calamities and collapses: insolvencies, termination, dissolution, receivership and foreclosures
    • Aging in place: buildings and residents
    • Sustainable communities: definitions, benchmarks, and case studies
  • Chicano Organizing and Research in Education - Que Llueva Café Scholarship

    Chicano Organizing and Research in Education - Que Llueva Café Scholarship

  • Davis-Putter Scholarship

    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.

    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: April

    Results Announced: July

  • Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

    Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders


    The Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship is awarded to students attending 4-year accredited universities or 2-year schools. The Scholarship grants $1,000 for students at 4-year schools and $500 for students at 2-year schools. Scholars also are invited to attend the National United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) Conference.

  • Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

    Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

    The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest awards $500 to $5,000 to students for essays that analyze urgent contemporary ethical issues. The first place essay wins $5,000, second place wins $2,500, third place wins $1,500, and two honorable mentions win $500 each.

  • Google Lime Scholarship Program

    Google Lime Scholarship Program

    The Google Lime Scholarship awards $10,000 for students studying in the U.S. and $5,000 for students studying in Canada to support disabled students with a passion for computer science. The scholarship also provides networking retreats (annual Google Scholars’ Retreat) at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.

  • La Unidad Latina

    La Unidad Latina

    The La Unidad Latina (LUL) Foundation awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 to scholars pursue higher education.

  • MALDEF Dream Act Student Activist Scholarship Program

    MALDEF Dream Act Student Activist Scholarship Program

    MALDEF Dream Act Student Activist Scholarship Program supports undergraduate and graduate student leaders who advocate for the DREAM Act and immigrant rights in their communities. The program awards scholarships of $5,000 to students.

  • MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program

    MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program

    The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) supports law students with a passion to advancing civil rights for Latinos in the U.S. MALDEF’s Law School Scholarship Programs awards varying amounts to a varying number of students per year (usually 5-10 awards of $5,000 each).

  • Mexican American Dream Scholarship

    Mexican American Dream Scholarship

    Sponsored by the Council of Mexican Federations, the Mexican American Dream Scholarship provides scholarships to students to help them pursue higher education.

  • Scholarship America Dream Award

    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

  • Scholarship for Prospective Educators

    Scholarship for Prospective Educators

    The Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Educational Foundation awards more than 30 scholarships a year to prospective educators.

  • 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate Scholarship

    10,000 Degrees Undergraduate Scholarship

    10,000 Degrees strives to provide the support, through mentoring and financial assistance, for low-income students to get to and through college.

    When a student applies for a 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate Scholarship, he or she is automatically considered for ten other scholarships (see website for list).