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As a DACA student applying for a scholarship, there are a few options to think about. Do you have excellent grades? A talent? Are you pursuing a degree in a specific field? Do you volunteer anywhere?
Many scholarships look at financial need but may also have other criteria.
For instance, you can seek a scholarship that asks for creativity. The Create Real Impact Scholarship is open to DACA recipients. Awards go to students who come up with an original work that aims to solve reckless driving.
Also, there are many scholarships for DACA students with defined majors. Prospective Educator Scholarships are one such option. One-time and renewable awards range from $500 to $5000. You need to be a high school student majoring in education. But you do not need U.S. citizenship.
Scholarships for DACA graduate students are also available. One such program is the Davis Putter Scholarship. These need-based grants go to U.S. residents studying and active in civil rights and justice. The most each grant pays is $15,000. You can apply as an undergrad too.
There are also a range of contests that DACA recipients might enter. It all depends on what the rules are about eligibility. These may offset costs of tuition, books and other expenses.
One example are Ayn Rand Institutes’ essay contests. True, you have to read her novels. But this year, the institute will award over 230 prizes, totaling more than $70,000.
The Get Schooled $1,000 No Essay Scholarship is another. Applying is simple. All you do is log into your Get Schooled account and complete one piece of content each month.
If you take part in activities outside school, many organizations also grant scholarships. Becca’s Closet Scholarship is an $1,000 award that goes to service-minded high school students.
In addition, you might tap into organizations that support minority students.
There are about 700,000 people who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the nation. Two-thirds are 25 years old or under.
At last check, about 18% had a bachelor’s degree. But without scholarships, DACA students may have a hard time paying for college.
Some states make undocumented students pay the same tuition as an international student. These are Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia. They deny Dreamers access to in-state tuition.
There are several colleges in the U.S. that do support undocumented/DACA-students. They show this in their admission process, with financial aid and scholarships.
Some also provide services, resources, and support for undocumented students. One to try – the Danbury Latino Scholarship Fund. There are 20 awards of $1,000 each year.
Also, in at least 18 states, DACA students are able to receive in-state tuition. At least six states allow DACA students to receive state financial aid.
For example, take the California Dream Act. It allows some undocumented and nonresident students to receive:
Take away? Scholarships for DACA recipients may be easier to find in states with such policies.
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