The Undocumented Student Services highly encourages all undocumented students to actively apply to scholarships throughout their attendance at UCSC. Please review the resources below for scholarships that you may qualify for.

The Dream US

The Dream US Scholarship Program awards scholarships to DREAMers who have DACA or TPS status and who have demonstrated significant unmet financial need and the determination to succeed in college and in life. This scholarship is only available to high school seniors and transfer students who will be attending UCSC. 

For more information, please visit the website:

Immigrants Rising

Immigrants Rising (formerly E4FC) has compiled a list of scholarships that are sorted out by the due date, award range, region, type, and the field of study and category. Click on the link below to see the list.


Since MALDEF's founding, the civil rights organization has supported the next generation of civil rights advocates for the Latino community. MALDEF currently offers a Scholarship Resource Guide for high school, college, and graduate students including many that do not inquire about immigration status.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible.


Dreamers Roadmap

Dreamers Roadmap is a national non profit app that helps undocumented students find scholarships to go to college.

Download the app on your phone, both android and apple!

Resources for Navigating Scholarships

Scholarship Search Chart

When you’re applying for scholarships, it’s important to keep track of all the scholarship to meet the eligibility for. Keeping this information in one place means you can stay on top of various deadlines by planning ahead, this worksheet helps with that!

Building your Scholarship Essay

You have an important story to share! This Scholarship Essay Worksheet will help you gather your thoughts and jot down some solid examples of your achievements for common questions asked in the scholarship essay. Completing this worksheet is a great building block to an essay that could be used for more than one scholarship!

Dos and Don'ts!

Here are a few general tips to take into consideration when writing a scholarship essay!

How to Come out as Undocumented in your Personal Statement

A blog post focusing on tips on how to go about disclosing your undocumented status in your essay if you choose to.