Money, Undocumented Students

Scholarship Tips for Undocumented Students

No Comments 28 August 2014

Paying for college is tough, but for undocumented students it can seem nearly impossible. The US Government does not allow undocumented students to receive any federal financial aid. Furthermore, most states also do not allow undocumented students access to taxpayer-funded aid (however, some states do! See our official list of these states here). Without the help of federal or state financial aid, undocumented students must heavily rely on scholarships and extreme patience. Here are some tips if you’re undocumented and trying to finance your education.

Figure out exactly how much your degree will cost you

Finding out just how much students need to pay for their higher education is difficult to estimate. Some states permit undocumented students to pay the lower in-state tuition state residents pay for their state’s public institutions. On the other hand, other institutions may treat undocumented students like a foreign student and charge them out-of-state tuition regardless if they have resided in the state.  This all varies from state to state. You can review which states currently offer in-state tuition in the link above.

Be especially careful when reviewing residency and eligibility information 

Regardless if they’re paying in-state or out-state tuition, any tuition will be costly without the help of scholarships. Any scholarships requiring students to be U.S. Citizens or to provide a Social Security number disqualify undocumented students for applying. When searching for scholarships look carefully over the eligibility requirements and look for what if any residency requirements are listed.

Don’t see any residency requirements listed? Students may assume that just because they don’t explicitly state it, that it’s OK for you to go ahead to apply. Don’t make any assumptions. If they don’t list citizenship requirements or specifically indicate that undocumented or Non US Citizens can apply, then students should contact the scholarship to clarify. If you meet all the requirements except for the residency requirements listed, then you should still contact the scholarship provider to see if they can make an exception. It never hurts to ask!

Do not be afraid to tell your story 

For scholarships that are specifically for undocumented students, students should use their personal story of being undocumented to their advantage. In your personal statement be sure to discuss your undocumented status, but don’t make it the centerpiece of your story. Undocumented students are often only judged for their undocumented status, that’s why it’s important to highlight all of the accomplishments made despite the setbacks that being undocumented brings.

Find scholarships on College Greenlight 

We can help you find scholarships as well. Not only can you fill out a free profile on College Greenlight to access a list of scholarships matched to you based on your academics, citizenship status, and accomplishments, but we regularly publish lists of scholarships available to students regardless of citizenship status. You can find our most recent list of these scholarships here.

 

 

 

 

 

Money

September Scholarships 2014

No Comments 26 August 2014

September: the month that issues in a new school year, fall, and football. It is also the month where many high school juniors and seniors start getting serious about their scholarship search. We think September is a great time for anyone in any grade level to take their scholarship search into their own hands. Take some time this month to check out our list of amazing scholarships with September deadlines.

 

American Academy of Chefs College Scholarships

Deadline: September 1

These scholarships are for exemplary students who are either currently enrolled as culinary arts majors or pastry arts majors at in an accredited college, or who are ACFEF registered apprentices. To qualify for these scholarships, applicants must have completed at least one college grading or marking period (trimester, semester, or quarter), have a 2.5 GPA, and have the career goal of becoming a chef or pastry chef.

National Amateur Baseball Federation Scholarship

Deadline: September 1     Award: $1,000

This scholarship is for current participants in a league properly sanctioned and sponsored by a National Amateur Baseball Federation member association. To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and be in good standing. Self-nominated candidates are not eligible.

ABFSE National Scholarship

Deadline: September 1     Award: $2,500

This scholarship is for students who have completed at least one semester (or quarter) of study as a funeral service major or mortuary science major in a program accredited by the ABFSE. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have at least one term or semester remaining in their program that will start after the award date. Students with less than a full term remaining will be considered for partial scholarship awards. Applicants must be US citizens.

John S.W. Fargher Scholarship

Deadline: September 1      Award: $1,000

This scholarship is for active members of IIE who are pursuing a graduate degree in industrial engineering or engineering management. To qualify, applicants must have a full year of school remaining and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection for this scholarship is based on GPA, IIE student chapter involvement, and nomination letter. Applicants must be nominated by a faculty advisor or department head.

NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: September 1      Award: $7,500

These scholarships are for law students who are pursuing a Juris Doctor (non LL.M) degree in an accredited law school in the United States at least half-time.\

ABFSE Post-Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship is for active faculty of funeral service and mortuary science programs to assist them in furthering their professional education. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be teaching a program that is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education and be US citizens.

Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation General Aviation Scholars

Deadline: September 1     Award: $10,000

This scholarship is for aviation students. There are two categories of scholarships: The private pilot, light sport, or A&P certification category is open to applicants ages 16-20 years at the time of application.

AFPPA Student Scholarship

Deadline: September 1     Award: $5,000

This scholarship is for first and second year physician assistant students. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must demonstrate a special interest in primary care medicine and be in good academic standing.

NCEA Esthetician Scholarship

Deadline: September 1     Award: $1,000

This scholarship is for students who are midway through an esthetician training program. To qualify, applicants must maintain at least 80% attendance and 80% grade average. Scholarships are awarded quarterly.

NACIS Student Map and Poster Competition

Deadline: September 12     Award: $500

This competition is for students who have completed a map, research poster, or other cartography-related piece of work. The work must have been completed during the 2013-2014 academic year and meet the submission requirements.

Native American Leadership Education Scholarship

Deadline: September 15     Award: $5,000

This scholarship is for paraprofessionals in American Indian schools who are education majors and plan to pursue degrees in education, counseling, or school administration.

CERT College Scholarship

Deadline: September 15

This scholarship is for American Indians who are majoring in business, engineering, science, math, computer technology, or a related field.

Tribal Business Management Scholarship

This scholarship is for students majoring in business, finance, management, economics, banking, hotel management, and related fields who plan to work in economic development for tribes.

First Sergeant Douglas and Charlotte DeHorse Scholarship

Deadline: September 15

This scholarship is for students who have completed one year of any Army, Navy, or Air Force Junior Reserve Officer training program; or who are enrolled in an Army Navy, or Air Force Reserve Officer training program; or who are veterans of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Merchant Marines, or Coast Guard.

NEWH Icon of Industry Scholarship Award

Deadline: September 15     Award: $5,000

This scholarship is for college students who have completed half the requirements for a degree that will lead to a career in the hospitality industry, such as interior design, asset management, architecture, textile design, or hotel/restaurant management.

Asian Women in Business Scholarship

Deadline: September 15     Award: $5,000

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year undergraduate institution at the time of application and award; have at least one semester/term remaining before graduation; have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application; and have a leadership role in a community endeavor or a record of entrepreneurial achievement.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Deadline: September 15     Award: $1,000

This scholarship is for current high school juniors (rising seniors) who are of Hispanic/Latino descent (at least one parent). To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be graduating in the spring of 2014 and be planning to enroll in college in 2015-2016.

BEF General Academic Scholarships

Deadline: September 15     Award: $2,500

This scholarship is for students with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Scholarships will be awarded based on scholastic ability, character, leadership potential, service to the community, and need for financial assistance.

Nathan L. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: September 15

This scholarship is for students who are pursuing undergraduate training in one of four disciplines: Computer Science, Aviation, Nursing, or Music.

QuestBridge National College Match Scholarships

Deadline: September 26     Award: $100,000

This scholarship program is for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. Most College Match scholarship recipients come from households earning less than $60,000 annually (for a typical family of four) and have experienced long-term economic hardship. Applicants must plan to graduate from high school during or before the spring/summer of 2015 and enroll as freshmen in college in the fall of 2015. Non-US citizens, undocumented, and international students are eligible. Recipients are granted admission to one of QuestBridge’s partner colleges with a full scholarship. All scholarships are full four-year scholarships with no loans. See website for more details.

Latham Diversity Scholars

Deadline: September 26     Award: $10,000

This scholarship is for students who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. To qualify, applicants must have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2016.

Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Scholarship

Deadline: September 30     Award: $100,000

To apply for this scholarship competition, applicants must undertake an individual or team research project related to math, science, and/or technology. Students submitting individual projects must be high school seniors; team projects may have two or three members and they do not need to be seniors.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Deadline: September 30     Award: $10,000

This scholarship is for minority students who are enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor’s level or above. Technical fields include chemistry, information management, computing & software systems, material science, printing management science, laser optics, physics, and engineering (chemical, computer, electrical, imaging, manufacturing, mechanical optical, or software). To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must be US citizens or visa-holding permanent residents and be of African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Hispanic descent. Spouses and children of Xerox employees are not eligible for this scholarship.

Educational Administration Scholarship Award

Deadline: September 30     Award: $2,500

This scholarship is for graduate students majoring in school administration. To qualify, applicants must be pursuing a career in school superintendence. Only one candidate may be submitted by each college or university campus, and each candidate must be recommended by the dean of the school of education in which the candidate is enrolled. If a nominee is selected to receive this award, the nominee must be a member of or apply for membership with AASA at the aspiring superintendent rate.

“Launch Your Dreams” Scholarship Competition

Deadline: September 30     Award: $2,500

This scholarship is for US veterans and their spouses and children. To qualify, applicants must plan to enroll in continuing education and be legal residents of the United States. The qualifying veteran must have been honorably discharged. To apply, applicants must submit an essay on how receiving a scholarship would help them accomplish their dreams.

Jerome Lohez Scholarship

Deadline: September 30

This scholarship is for American students who are pursuing a degree and wish to study in France as part of their degree program or to receive the degree from a French institution.

Helicopter 2050 Challenge

Deadline: September 30     Award: $1,000

To enter, applicants must come up with a vision or design for the helicopter of 2050. Entries will be judged based on the uniqueness of the concept, description of the invention/idea, and creativity. The grand prize winner will receive the “Igor Sikorksy Youth Innovator Award,” a $1,000 scholarship, and a trip to the Sikorsky headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut, to attend the award presentation and tour the facility.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Deadline: September 30     Award: $1,500

This scholarship is for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and for students currently enrolled in college or graduate school. Home schooled students are also eligible. Applicants must be US citizens or legal residents. To apply, applicants must submit an application form including an 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists and asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.

 

Money

What to Check before Submitting your Scholarship Application

No Comments 18 August 2014

You’ve finally finished that scholarship application and wow you’re ready to submit it. But wait! Make sure you double check all of these important things before submitting your application.

Follow the Instructions

One of the most important things to check before submitting your application is to make sure that you’ve followed the application instructions to the letter. Did you include all the required elements? Did you keep your essay under the word limit? When you follow the instructions, not only does it speak highly of you to the scholarship committee, it also automatically gives you a leg up over any other applicants who may not have followed the instructions. Many scholarship committees even go so far as to disqualify any applicants who don’t follow the instructions.

Final Presentation

Make sure that the appearance of your application represents you well. Thoroughly proofread everything you wrote and check for any errors. If any part of your application was handwritten, go over it again to ensure it is completely legible. If you’re submitting a paper application, make sure your pages are clean and neatly organized. Unless specifically requested, don’t use any special presentation materials, such as report binders or folders; these can make it difficult for the scholarship committee. Let the quality of the content in your application speak for itself without the bells and whistles.

Addresses

Before sealing your application, ensure that the address you are sending your application to is not only the correct one, but is correctly and clearly written. Scholarship committees usually specify an address to send your application materials to, and it’s not always the same address that’s listed in the Contact Us section of their website. If sending your materials electronically, take care to spell the email address correctly, or your application could end up somewhere in cyberspace instead of in the hands of the scholarship committee.

Deadlines

Finally, make sure your application will arrive with plenty of time before the deadline. Sometimes scholarship committees require your application to be postmarked by the deadline date and other times they require your application to be received by the deadline date. Whatever the case may be, ensure your application arrives on time. You don’t want all your hard work to go to waste just because you didn’t get it in on time!

After you’ve sent off your application, pat yourself on the back for a job well done! If you follow this checklist, you can be confident about every scholarship application you submit.

Money, Undocumented Students

What is the Deferred Action Program?

1 Comment 05 August 2014

The deferred action program, or more formally titled, the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process was authorized and put into place by the Obama administration. As of August 15th, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, started accepting the first requests for the program. Thousands of requests have already been filed. Lamentably, many were done by people that weren’t qualified or through third parties that don’t know how the program works. Even worse is the fact that many con artists are promoting their services when the only thing they intend to do is steal money from those people that are looking for help.

The deferred action program freezes, for a period of two years, the deportation of undocumented youth that meet certain requirements.

Who is Eligible For Deferred Action?

To avoid these problems, you must be clear on the purpose of the program, and who qualifies for it. The program freezes, for a period of two years, the deportation of undocumented youth that meet certain requirements. What’s more, if you prove that you need to work, they can grant you legal employment authorization. After two years, you have the right to apply to participate again. The requirements that you must meet are:

  1. That as of June 15, 2012, you were under 31 years old.
  2. You came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday.
  3. You have resided continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.
  4. You were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and will be when you file your request.
  5. You came to the U.S. without a visa, or your visa had expired by June 15, 2012.
  6. You are currently enrolled in school (elementary, middle school, high school, or college); or have graduated from a high school in the U.S.; or you passed the GED; or you’re an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
  7. Lastly, that you’ve never been found guilty of a serious felony, significant misdemeanors, or more than two misdemeanors.

This program is not the famous DREAM Act, nor is it amnesty.

In order to be able to participate in the program, you have to pay $465 for the government to process your request. A complete request consists of three forms: Form I-821D Considertion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;  Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; and the Form I-765 Worksheet. It’s important to stress that this program is not the famous DREAM Act, nor is it amnesty. The USCIS reserves the right to cancel the order of deferred action at any moment and for any reason. Nor does it offer a path to legalization. If they reject your request, you do not have the right to appeal. You can only request that they review your request again if there was a problem in sending the documents, if you didn’t receive something, or they didn’t receive something on time. At no moment should an undocumented person think that this deferred action program is a permanent solution; it is not.

Does Deferred Action Impact Financial Aid?

And how does this impact financial aid? The USCIS has been very clear that this has no impact on your ability to apply for financial aid. Since this program does not grant citizenship or permanent residency to its applicants, they do not qualify for financial aid from the federal government. At the state level, no public university is obligated to offer reduced tuition to undocumented students that are admitted to the program.

 

This guest post by blogger and financial expert Mike Periu 

Money

“Under the Radar” Scholarships

No Comments 29 July 2014

For this week’s scholarship list, we’ve found awards that have very small applicant pools. With only a tiny number of people competing for these scholarships, their is a better chance you could be a big winner! Check out the list below, and make sure to fill out a profile on College Greenlight for even more chances at free money for college.

 

National Amateur Baseball Federation Scholarship

$1,000

This scholarship is for current participants in a league properly sanctioned and sponsored by a National Amateur Baseball Federation member association. To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and be in good standing. Self-nominated candidates are not eligible.

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial

$1,000

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be graduating high school seniors and participate in a duck calling contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas, on November 28, 2014. See website for complete details.

Aqqaluk Trust Scholarships

$2,000

This scholarship is for NANA shareholders, descendants of NANA shareholders, or dependents of NANA shareholders or their descendants. To qualify, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, have a 2.0 GPA, and be enrolled or accepted at a post-secondary educational institution or vocational school that maintains a regular faculty and established curriculum and has an organized body of students in attendance.

AAGS Graduate Fellowship Award

$2,000

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in or accepted to a graduate program in geodetic surveying or geodesy. Preference will be given to applicants with at least two years of employment experience in the surveying profession.

GMP Memorial Scholarship Fund

$4,000

This scholarship is for high school seniors who are children, stepchildren, and adopted children of GMP members. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolling in a four-year college/university pursuing a bachelor’s degree, or enrolling in a two-year vocational/technical/two-year associate’s degree certificate or training program. The college, university, trade, or professional school must be located in the United States or Canada.

Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarship Program

$3,000

This is a college scholarship for American Indians who are enrolled members of the Hopi Tribe. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school graduates/GED recipients and be admitted to a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have applied for all federal, state, and institutional aid to be eligible for this scholarship. If applicants are entering freshman, they must have at least a 2.0 GPA to qualify for this scholarship; all other students must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

IEEE Computer Society Lance Stafford

$500

This scholarship is for active members of the IEEE Computer Society. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA. To apply, applicants must submit a paper of no more than 20 pages that is written on a computer-related subject. Papers will be judged on technical content, writing skill, and overall presentation.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Award

$500

This scholarship is for active members of the IEEE Computer Society. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be full-time college undergraduate or graduate students at an academic institution and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarships are awarded based upon academic achievement, extracurricular activities related to the discipline of computing, and letters of recommendation.

Raymond Davis Scholarship

$1,000

This scholarship is for undergraduate students who have completed two academic years of study and for graduate-level students. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have an academic and/or research focus in a field related to imaging. Applicants must be full-time students at an accredited institution pursuing an academic degree. Applicants do not have to be members of IS&T.

International Doctoral Scholarship 

$10,000

This scholarship is for graduate students specializing in a Jewish field. To qualify, applicants must be registered in a doctoral program at a recognized university and have had their dissertation approved. Applicants must submit documentation of the university’s approval no later than November 15.

A.E. Robert Friedman PDCA Scholarship

$1,500

This scholarship is for high school seniors, college students, and graduate students. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be nominated by an active PDCA member in good standing, be 26 years old or younger, and plan to enroll in vocational, college, or post-college studies.

WOCN Accredited Scholarship

$5,000

This scholarship is for nursing majors specializing in wound, ostomy, and continence nursing care. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must prove one of the following: acceptance in a WOCN-accredited WOC Education Program; current enrollment in a WOCN-accredited WOC Education Program; or certificate of completion from a WOCN-accredited WOC Education Program within three months of completion.

Bureau of Indian Affairs/Tribal Scholars

$5,000

This scholarship is for American Indians who are enrolled or non-enrolled members of the Arapaho tribe or who can provide verification of Indian blood from Bureau of Indian Affairs. To qualify, applicants must be eligible for a PELL Grant. Yearly scholarship deadlines are April 15, June 15, and November 15.

 

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