The Esperanza Education Fund for High School Students in DC, Maryland, and Virginia


EsperanzaFundLogoThe Esperanza Education Fund awards scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to immigrant high school seniors who live in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC. Students who plan to go to a public college anywhere in the country can apply for these scholarships. This includes both community colleges and four-year universities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be born outside the U.S. or have two parents born outside the U.S.
  • Must be a graduating senior at a high school in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia.

Note: As long as you meet the other eligibility criteria. The Esperanza Scholarship is open to all immigrant students, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.

To apply, prospective students must submit an electronic application, two letters of recommendation and a high school transcript. View their website for more information: “Esperanza Education Fund

Applications are due April 1st, 2016!

Rachel is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has worked closely with undocumented youth activists in several states, the Bhutanese refugee community and LGBT community in Oakland, California. Rachel taught in two public high schools in Okinawa, Japan for two years and has worked in the community college and higher education sector for Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.


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