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The Undocumented Scholarship
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About The Scholarship 

The Central Valley is home to one of the largest immigrant communities in the world, in which people across the globe migrate to California’s Central Valley in hopes of a better life and socio-economic mobility. And with this migration comes a beautifully diverse group of people who join our communities and who are politically and systematically identified as undocumented. 


At Central Valley Scholars, we understand that migrant students face unique challenges in their educational journey; from having to learn and adjust to a new language and cultural norms, to navigating institutions that were built against them, to dealing with national and local xenophobic sentiments. And we also understand that migrant students hold great knowledge to create more equitable and supportive school systems. We believe that migrant students deserve a safe and welcoming space in our communities and in education. 


The Central Valley Scholars Undocumented Scholarship recognizes exemplary students in the Central Valley who, despite facing various obstacles, continue to pursue their educational journey. Our scholarships are developed with the core belief that all students are worth investing in and we select awardees on a basis of identity, need, and potential for growth; rewarding those who other educational organizations often dismiss. The Undocumented Scholarship invites vulnerability, encourages empowerment, and gives migrant students in the Central Valley the space to share their stories.


For purposes of this scholarship, an undocumented student is an individual who is a non-citizen of the United States. This includes, and is not limited to, undocumented immigrants, refugees, asylees, and individuals under temporary protected status.

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Looking for more scholarships open to undocumented students? Check out Immigrants Rising website for funding opportunities that do not require proof of citizenship!


Scholarship Details


  • Must be a non-citizen of the United States

  • Must be enrolled at a community college, vocational school, or undergraduate university during the fall semester/ quarter of 2023

  • Must have graduated from a high school, continuation school, or G.E.D school in the San Joaquin Valley by August 31st, 2023


  • No GPA requirement

  • Proof of citizenship and social security are not requested 

  • Not required to disclose your documentation status publicly 

  • No letter of recommendation


  • Three 250 word responses

  • One 150 word response

  • Applications are closed and will re-open March 2024


  • Students will receive $1,500.00

  • Two recipients will be selected

Have additional questions? Please email scholarships@centralvalleyscholars.orgScholarship Terms and Conditions.

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