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Open Illinois: Resources for Undocumented and DACA Students

Dear students, community, & colleagues,

As President Killeen said “The University of Illinois System has earned a place as a global leader in education and discovery by opening our doors wide to the most talented students – and that includes our undocumented students.” We are happy to announce that the new Open Illinois website is live. This resource website provides undocumented and DACA students information and tools that will ensure their success at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. It is meant to highlight resources, services, and provide answers to both incoming and current students.


La Casa Cultural Latina

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order (June 2012)

Department of Homeland Security Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals FAQ

UIUC Residency Affidavit (PDF)


Updated May 2017

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship and Fellowship for Cause-Driven Leadership

·         Deadline: Applications Accepted from November 7 to February 16

·         Incoming Undergraduates to Graduate Students

·         No citizenship required



The Dream Scholarship Program

·         Opens November 2017 – Closes March 8th

·         Undocumented/Dreamer/DREAM student

·         HS Senior

·         Only Applicable for certain colleges (list viewable on the website)



DDLR Scholarship Fund

·         Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2018

·         Admitted to or enrolled in an undergraduate degree-seeking program at an accredited 4-year college or university

·         Enroll for at least 12 credit hours for the 2016-2017 academic year

·         Undocumented student (DACA not required)

·         Reside in the Chicagoland area



CORE Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship

·         Deadline: February 25, 2018

·         HS Senior

·         for Undocumented students of Xicano/Latino descent



Davis-Putter Scholarship

·         Applications can be January of each year until March 31

·         Full set of application instructions posted in January

·         US Citizenship not required

·         HS Senior through Doctoral level study



The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarship

·         Deadline: April 6

·         Application for NEW applicants is available January 1st

·         Available to Latino students residing in the United States

·         Students with DACA status, Undocumented, or students ineligible to complete the FAFSA are encouraged to apply


SCW DREAMers Scholarship

·         Deadline: May 31, 2017

·         Immigrant under age of 25

·         Incoming Freshman or currently in undergrad

·         3.0 GPA

·         Transcript, recommendation letter, video submission


Platt Family Scholarship

·         Deadline: July 31, 2017

·         No citizenship required

·         College Freshman through Senior



La Unidad Latina Family Scholarships

·         Deadline: September 1-October 15

·         College Sophomore-Masters level study

·         Must reside in US



Herbert Lehman Scholarship

·         Application deadline: April 1st

·         Application for 2016–2017 opens November 30, 2015

·         HS Senior, College Freshman, or student transferring to a 4-year University



Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

·         Application Deadline: February 10

·         College Junior and Senior

·         No citizenship required



Momeni Foundation Financial Assistance Scholarship

·         June 30 of every year

·         Intended for students of Iranian descent

·         Two different scholarship application found on the website

·         Award ranges from $500 to $1000



Point Foundation Scholarship Program

·         Application Opens Nov 1st; Part I closes January 30, 2018

·         Intended for LGBT students

·         No citizenship required

·         Must be enrolled in college or university

·         Must be full time academic year



Foster Care to Success Scholarships

·         Application open from January 1-March 31 annually

·         Intended for students that are adopted, from foster care or orphan

·         no citizenship required

·         Award: $2,500 to $5,000

·         For undergrads only



Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Foundation Scholarship

·         Application Deadline: May 1st

·         High school senior through Doctoral level study

·         No citizenship requirement

·         Must be members of SHPE

·         High school seniors must have a min of 3.0 GPA.



Earl Warren Scholarships

·         Application Deadline: June 1st, 2017

·         College senior through Master’s level study

·         No citizenship required

·         For students planning on attending a law program.

·         Average Award: $10,000



Great Minds in STEM/ HENAAC Scholars Program

·         Application Deadline: April 30th

·         College level to Doctoral level of study

·         No citizenship required

·         Must be majoring in a STEM field

·         Must have an overall 3.0 GPA



Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship

·         Application Deadline: April 1st

·         College junior through college senior

·         No citizenship required

·         For those studying television and film production



Women in Aerospace Foundation Scholarship

·         Application Deadline: June 21st, 2017

·         College Junior

·         For those pursing healthcare and education in Latinx/underserving communities.

·         No citizenship required



LMSA Scholarship for US Medical Students

·         Deadline: January 1st

·         College senior through doctoral level of study

·         No citizenship required

·         For those pursing any nuclear related field



American Nuclear Society (ANS) John and Muriel Landis Scholarship

·         Application Deadline: February 1st

·         High school senior through college senior

·         No citizenship required



National Sculpture Society Scholarship

·         Application Deadline: May 30th 2017

·         College freshman through Doctoral level of study, and postgraduate level of study

·         No citizenship required

·         Award: 2,000

·         For those pursuing Sculpture Arts.



Golden Apple Pathway Scholars

·         Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

·         Award: up to $23,000

·         2.5 GPA Requirement

·         Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois

·         For those pursuing a teaching career



The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship

·         Application Deadline: January 13, 2018

·         Award: Varies

·         For undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate leadership, academic competitiveness, community involvement, and financial need.

·         As of 2016 DACA recipients are eligible to apply


Find out more about legislation, campus resources, and your rights as an undocumented or DACA student on the Open Illinois website.