Scholarships for immigrants and refugees

Scholarships for Refugee Students
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How can I find scholarships for immigrants and scholarships for  refugees?

There are many scholarships for refugees and scholarships for immigrants. Learn about scholarships that you can apply for to pay for your education.

What are scholarships?

Scholarships are money awards to help you pay for college.

In the United States, it is common for students to apply for scholarships for financial support (money) to help them pay for college. The scholarships on this page are for refugee and immigrant students. Some of them are for “first generation” students. This can mean that your parents were immigrants or refugees. It can also mean that you are an immigrant or refugee who now has citizenship.

National scholarships for immigrants and refugees

CharterUp National Scholarship For Immigrants And Refugees
One scholarship of $10,000 is awarded each year. This scholarship is non-renewable. That means you will not get it again next year. It can be applied to one academic year.  Applicants must be born outside of the U.S and must already be in school (or accepted) as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited U.S college or university. High school seniors who want to enroll in college are also eligible. A recent transcript must show a  GPA of 3.4 or greater.

Phone: (866) 315-8261
Email: info@charterup.com

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
A $90,000 awarded over 2 years for immigrants, refugees, and first-generation Americans. You must be planning to enroll full time in a graduate degree program. You also mus be under the age of 31.

Phone: (212) 547-6926
Email: PDSoros@pdoros.or

The Dream.US Scholarship – National Scholarship
Renewable scholarship with a possible stipend for DREAMers (DACA and TPS). A stipend is a sum of money you could receive in addition to your scholarship. You must be planning to enroll full time in an associate or bachelor’s degree program for the first time. High school graduates (or HSE diploma) must have GPA 2.5+. Community college graduates must have GPA 3.0+. You must be eligible for in-state tuition at a partner college.

Phone: (855) 670-4787
Email: TheDream.US@applyists.com

The Dream. US Scholarship — Opportunity Scholarship
Scholarship for DREAMers (DACA or TPS) living in states where they will have to pay out-of-state tuition or will not be accepted to the schools in their state. You must have graduated high school or earned HSE diploma with GPA 2.8+ .

Phone: 855-670-4787
Email: THEDREAM.US@APPLYISTS.COM

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Scholarships for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students. You must have a “significant financial need” in the United States. You will need to share how much money your family makes and they will decide if you can apply.

Contact: online form at http://gmsp.org/a-contact-us/#

Scholarmatch
Non-profit that provides free in-person/online support. They provide and scholarships to low-income students from the start of their college application process to their graduation from college.

Phone: 415 652-2766
Email: info@scholarmatch.org

Scholarships by state

This is  a list of scholarships for refugees and immigrants in different states.

California

Immigrants Rising Scholarship Fund
Scholarship of up to $7,000 for low-income immigrants. You must be graduating from high school or enrolled in college and graduate programs. You must live in or attend a school in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Email: nancy@immigrantsrising.org

Foroutan Foundation
Scholarship for first-generation immigrant students. You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident residing in California.

Phone: (877) 968-6328
Email: grants@foroutanfoundation.org

Maine

James Angelo Memorial Social Justice Scholarship
A 2-year scholarship to attend Southern Maine Community College. It is awarded to an African immigrant graduating from a Portland high school.

Phone: (207) 741-5957
Email: info@mapsj.org

Michigan

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
A list of over 70 scholarships with one application for graduating student. You must live in Kent County high schools. You can also go to high schools in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Ottawa, Montcalm, Muskegon, or Newaygo counties.

Phone:  (616) 454-1751 ext. 103
Email: (Education Program Officer Ruth Bishop) rbishop@grfoundation.org

Minnesota

Paradigm Foundation Scholarship / DH Gustafson Family Foundation
A scholarship for first-generation Americans or immigrants. You must be graduating from an Eagan, Minnesota high school. You can apply with one application for this scholarship and 100+ other scholarships in the Eagan Foundation.

Phone:(651) 243-1198
Email: admin@eaganfoundation.org

North Carolina

Achievement Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants of Wake County
Scholarship for first-generation U.S. citizens, refugees, and immigrants graduating from a Wake County high school. You do not need legal documents to apply.

Phone: (919) 474-8370 ext. 4028
Email: julia@trianglecf.org

Ohio

The Refugee Connect Student Scholarship
Scholarship for refugees residing in the Greater Cincinnati tri-state area. All refugees pursuing higher education at a public, private, technical college or university in the U.S. can apply. There are no age restrictions.

Phone: (513) 449-0368
Email: info@refugeeconnect.org

Wyoming

Douvas Scholarship
Scholarship of $500 awarded to a first generation American youth. You must prove financial need and plan to attend one of the 7 community colleges of the University of Wyoming.

Phone: (307) 777-6198
Email: bruce.hayes@wyo.gov

SAT test fee and college application fee waiver

SAT test and college application fee waiver 
This is for students whose families have a low income. A waiver means that you will not need to pay the fee. You can apply for up to four schools. Waivers are available to low-income 11th and 12th grade students in the U.S. or U.S. territories. U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. may be able to have test fees waived. You can apply for SAT Subject Test fee waivers if you are in grades 9 through 12.

Phone: (866) 630-9305

Scholarships for specific fields of learning

English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) Program
A 8-month program that improves your English communication skills from advanced to professional-level. A full scholarship will be provided to people who are accepted to the program. You must requirement that get a job with the federal government when you are done with the program.

Phone: (202) 687-4455
Email: info_ehlsprogram.org

The Ariane de Rothschild (AdR) Fellowship: Social Entrepreneurship & Cross-Cultural Network
A two-week fellowship for entrepreneurs and social leaders. A fellowship in a job where you are not paid. Instead, you get to learn new skills and meet people who can help you. You must have an interest in change and cross-cultural conversation. It is best if it is conversation between Jewish and Muslim communities.

Contact: online form at http://adrfellowship.org/contact/

The Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program
A 12-month fellowship program for people who are working on a career in international development. You must have a graduate degree in a field relevant to international development. You also must have spent at least 6 months overseas in a developing country. You must be fluent in English and a second language.

Phone: (888) 277-7575
Email: idfp@crs.org

scholarships for refugees and immigrants in the US. Thanks to the Portland Adult Education Program for use of their photos. Photo by Molly Haley.
Photo courtesy of Molly Haley, Portland Adult Education Program.

Scholarships for specific groups and nationalities

Some foundations, organizations and professional associations save money to award scholarships to people of certain ethnicities.

African descent

James Angelo Memorial Social Justice Scholarship
A 2-year scholarship to attend Southern Maine Community College. It is awarded to an African immigrant graduating from a Portland high school.

Email: info@mapsj.org

Asian, South East Asian and Pacific Islander

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Scholarships for Asian and/or Pacific Islanders with a focus on students with strong financial need and/or are first in their families to go to college who are attending specific universities (see website for list).

Contact: Outreach and Community Relations at outreach@apiasf.org
Phone: 1-877-808-7032

GAPA Foundation
Scholarship for students who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API). It is also for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities studying at a school in the US.

Phone: (415) 857-4272
Email: info@gapafoundation.org

Regeneration Center Scholarship
Scholarship for motivated undergraduate and graduate students. You must be planing on studying science, medical or biology students of Southeast Asian heritage.

Email: scholarship@stemcellthailand.org

Arab descent

American Mideast Leadership Network
Scholarship awarded on a competitive basis to students of Arab heritage. You must be planing on applying to a community college, four-year college, and graduate school. The school must be in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

Phone: (347) 924-9674/ (917) 591-2177
Email: fernado@amln.org

Arab American Institute
Several scholarships available for Arab Americans or individuals of Arab descent studying in the U.S. Please visit the website for full list of scholarships.

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship
Scholarship for students of Arab descent. You must be a junior, senior or attending graduate school in the field of media or journalism. You can also be majoring in journalism, radio, television and/or film. You must be in an undergraduate program as a junior or senior. You can also be in a graduate program.

Phone: (202) 244-2990
Email: organizing@adc.org

Network of Arab American Professionals
Scholarship for Arab-Americans who have  excellent grades and are involved in activism and in their community.

Contact: online form at http://www.naaponline.org/about-naap/contact/

The Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA) – Capital Area
Scholarship for full time undergraduate or graduate students. You must be studying engineering, architecture, computer science, or IT. You must be a current student member of AAAEA – Capital Area or a child of a current member.

Email: AAAEADC@AAAEADC.com

The Arab American Women’s Business Council (AAWBC)
Scholarship for Arab American women attending school in Michigan.

Contact: Yvonne Abraham
Email: yabraham@aawbc.org

Iranian

Foroutan Foundation
Scholarship for first-generation immigrant students. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident residing in California.

Phone: (877) 968-6328
Email: grants@foroutanfoundation.org

The Iranian Scholarship Foundation
Multiple scholarships for students of Iranian descent based on financial need, community involvement, or academic achievement.

Email: info@theisf.org

Momeni Foundation
Multiple scholarships available to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent.

Phone: 727-433-2133
Email: momenifoundation@aol.com

Latino/Hispanic

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Scholarship for Hispanic students seeking 4-year or advanced degrees. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 based on relative need.

Contact: online form at https://www.hsf.net/en_US/contact-us

The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide
A list of scholarships, including the MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program. This is for law students who want to advance the civil rights of the Latino community.

Contact: online form at http://www.maldef.org/contact/index.html

Salvadorian American Leadership and Educational Fund’s (SALEF) Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship Fund
Scholarship for Central American and Latino students who want to enroll in college. You must live in the Los Angeles area. Scholarships are open to all students regardless of immigration status.

Phone: (213) 480-1052

Myanmar

University of the People of Myanmar Fund 
Scholarship for new students from Myanmar seeking an associate’s degree from the University of the People.

Email: financial.aid@uopeople.edu

Palestine

American Federation of Ramallah Palestine
Scholarships for Palestinian and Palestinian American students from low-income homes.

Phone: (734) 425-1600
Email: admin@afrp.org

Syrian

Emergency Refugee Assistance Scholarship Fund
Scholarship for students around the world who are refugees or asylum seekers.

Email: info@uopeople.edu

IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis
Full and partial scholarships for Syrian students planning to attend a Syria Consortium member university. You can see a list of universities on the website.

Email: syriasupport@iie.org

Scholarships for immigrants and migrant workers

Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund
Scholarship worth $500 for students entering or enrolled in college or other education programs. It is also for individuals who did not complete high school but show promise of ability to continue schooling.

Contact: Chris Norton, Director
Email: cnorton@gvboces.org
Phone: 800-245-5681

The Western Union Foundation Family Scholarship Program
Scholarship of $2,500 designed to support young people around the world in who want to go to college. You must be between the ages of 18-26. You must choose an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or business.

Tel: (202) 686-8652
Email: wufoundation@iie.org

Scholarships for New Americans or first-generation citizens

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
A $90,000 scholarship awarded over 2 years for immigrants, refugees, and first-generation Americans. You must be planning to enroll full time in a graduate degree program. You also must be under the age of 31.

Phone: (212) 547-6926
Email: PDSoros@pdsoros.org

Achievement Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants of Wake County
Scholarship for first-generation citizens, refugees, or immigrants who attended school in Wake County, North Carolina. There is no documentation required.

Phone: (919) 474-8370 ext. 4028
Contact: Julia Da Silva
Email: julia@trianglecf.org

Douvas Memorial Scholarship: First Generation American Scholarship
Scholarship for first-generation Americans residing in Wyoming. You must be planning to attend one of the state’s 7 community colleges or the University of Wyoming.

Phone: (307) 777-6198
Email: bruce.hayes@wyo.gov

Paradigm Foundation Scholarship/ DH Gustafson Family Foundation

Scholarship for first-generation Americans or immigrants graduating from an Eagan, Minnesota high school. Apply with one application for this scholarship and 100+ other scholarships within the Eagan Foundation.

Phone: (651) 243-1198
Email: admin@eaganfoundation.org

Scholarships with no documentation required

Achievement Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants of Wake County
Scholarship for immigrants, first-generation citizens, or refugees (no documentation required) who attended school in Wake County, North Carolina.

Phone: (919) 474-8370 ext. 4028
Contact: Julia Da Silva
Email: julia@trianglecf.org

CPS Dream Fund Scholarship
A talent and need-based scholarship for DREAMers attending a Chicago public school.

Contact: Luis Narvaez
Email: dreamers@cps.edu

Immigrants Rising Scholarship Fund
Scholarship of up to $7,000 for low-income immigrants graduating from high school. You can also be enrolled in college and graduate programs who live in/attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Email: nancy@immigrantsrising.org

Golden Door Scholars
Scholarship for students with great-graded. You must be planning to pursue an undergraduate degree at a 4-year college. Applicants must be approved for DACA or TPS. You must be eligible to participate in paid internships.

Email: info@goldendoorscholars.org

Scholarships for refugees or asylum seekers

Champlain College New American Student Scholarship
Need-based scholarship for Vermont’s refugee and asylum-seeking students. This is only for students planning to attend Champlain College.

Phone: (802) 860-2777
Email: compass@champlain.edu

Emergency refugee assistance scholarship fund
Available to students around the world who are refugees or asylum seekers.

Email: info@uopeople.edu

Small Giants Scholarship Fund for Refugees
Scholarship for refugees or asylum seekers planning to attend University of the People.

Phone: info@uopeople.edu

The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund
This is a year-long fellowship. A fellowship is a unpaid job where you get to learn new skills. It is for professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats to their lives and careers in their home countries.

Phone: (212) 205-6486
Email: srf@iie.org

Women

The Arab American Women’s Business Council (AAWBC)
Scholarship for Arab American women attending school in Michigan.

Contact: Yvonne Abraham
Email: yabraham@aawbc.org

The Hegg Hoffet Fund 
Professional courses for women who want to re-enter their professional field. There are also language courses for integration into their new country or courses to pass required national exams.

Phone: (+41) 22 731 2380

There are many scholarships for immigrants and refugees. If you know of others to add, please email: info@therefugeecenter.org. We will add them to the list.

You can also apply for grants, which are another kind of financial support. The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school. You can apply for the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA).

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