“The Esperanza Education Fund provides higher education scholarships and mentorship to DMV Metro Area (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) students who are immigrants or the children of immigrants. In 2022, awards for students attending community colleges ranged from $3,000 to $7,000. Awards for students attending four-year universities ranged from $4,000 to $16,000. Amounts are determined based on need.” Scholarships are open to undocumented students with and without DACA, and they will not ask about your immigration status.
Please note their eligibility requirements:
- Must have been born outside the U.S. OR have two parents who were born outside the U.S.
- Must be a 2023 graduating senior at a high school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia OR have earned a GED within the last four years and reside in District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia
- Must plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public two-year community college or four-year university in the US for the 2023 – 2024 academic year
- Must have had a household income in 2022 of less than $100,000
You are not eligible if:
- You are attending a private college or university.
- You earned your high school diploma outside the U.S., unless you have subsequently earned a GED in the U.S.
- You graduated high school in 2022 or earlier.
In addition, “As an Esperanza scholar, you have access to the invaluable resources of mentorship and annual programming. Each Esperanza scholar will:
- Be paired with a mentor who can help them throughout their higher education journey with academic and social support, networking, and career advice.
- Participate in an annual Career Day with professional development activities.
Gain access to cohort program activities to build community among our scholars.
There will be an information session for the scholarship on Sunday, March 5, 3:00 PM online. Visit this link to register for this information session.
The deadline to apply is April 1, 2023.
To learn more about the Esperanza Fund Scholarship and to apply, visit this webpage.
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