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If you are an immigrant or first generation American, there are scholarships for you. Scholarships for immigrants help remove barriers to higher education. And may fund all or part of a college degree. Some are open to all immigrant students. Regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. Others may be for members of a certain ethnic group and heritage. Filipino American for example, or DACA recipients. To apply for a scholarship, you need to meet the provider's criteria. To start with, you may qualify as a first-generation U.S. citizen or immigrant. There may also be awards you could apply to if you are a refugee. The Triangle Community Foundation is one example. They offer annual awards to refugees and immigrants in Wake County, North Carolina. Many providers like this grant scholarships to local residents. As such, you may want to tap into your community to see what resources they offer. You can search by nationality, state and college major. Often these scholarships go to people with high financial need. So, you may first need to fill out a FAFSA. Or, Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Another thing some providers look at are your transcripts. They may set eligibility for people with a specific GPA (E.g. 2.5 or higher). And may want to see if you have a record of giving back to your community. Why Consider Scholarships for Immigrants? About 43.3 million people in the nation are immigrants. Foreign born groups include about 20.7 million naturalized US citizens. And, 22.6 million non-citizens, including lawful permanent residents. Studies show that compared with all Americans, U.S. born children of immigrants are more likely to go to college. As a naturalized citizen or a permanent resident with immigration status, pursuing a college degree may lead to: • Higher employment rates • Increased salary potential • Potential for home ownership • Chances of independence from public service programs That said, not all immigrants and international students can afford a college degree. Since a scholarship is free money, it may be a useful way to offset tuition and related costs.

Starfleet Scholarships

STARFLEET is fan club for Star Trek fans. Divided into hundreds of local Chapters, each is named as a different starship or space station. Scholarships are awarded in amounts of up to $1,000 based on number of applicants and availability of funds.

Total: $1000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  June 15
2020

Vipin Agrawal Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Vipin Agrawal Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to high school seniors who are first generation Americans. Applicants must plan to attend a college or university in California and major in computer science, science, technology, engineering, or medicine.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  June 30
2020

Angels On The Move Scholarship

Angels On The Move is commited to improving the quality of life by helping students fund their education. This scholarship is open to all students and can be used for any kind of academic endeavor. There are no restrictions on citizenship, residency, age, level of study, school/college, GPA, scores, finances, activities, or major.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 15
2020

2020 Overcoming Adversity Scholarship

Must be a undergraduate or graduate or GED holder with a GPA of 3.0 and higher to be eligible. A detailed essay on how the applicant has encountered and overcame hardship is required.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1000
Deadline:  November 30
2020

RMHC/HACER National Scholarship Program

U.S. high school seniors of Hispanic descent may apply for this scholarship. Students must be less than 21 years of age at time of application.

Total: $100000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  February 05

Red Thread Fellowship

The Red Thread Fellowship is available to college-bound women of international backgrounds who will be entering an American college or university in the coming fall.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1000
Deadline:  February 28

Fred S. Findling Immigrant Memorial Scholarship

Each year, a scholarship is offered to an immigrant, full-time student at an accredited college or university in the State of Michigan. Every person is valued. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, disability or national origin.

Total: $1500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

We the People Magazine Scholarship

The We the People Magazine Scholarship is available for immigrants and first-generation Americans who reside in the New York City area.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

LeverEdge $1,000 Scholarship

No eligibility requirements. All applicants are welcomed to apply!

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 31

Esparanza Education Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available to U.S. students residing in District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia who plan to attend a public college or university. Applicants must have immigrated to the U.S. since birth, or have two parents who were both immigrants.

Total: $2000 Awards:  7
Deadline:  April 01

Population Media Center Scholarship

Students from any part of the world who will be undergraduates in 2020 are encouraged to apply. No financial or GPA requirements!

Total: $1000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  May 15