OCIYU fundraises year round to provide one of the few nationwide scholarship awards programs managed by undocumented youth for undocumented students. Our scholarship awards range from $500 for continuing college, vocational and graduate students and $250 for graduating high school and GED students attending college in the Fall 2016.
All Undocumented students are encouraged to apply regardless of Race/Ethnicity, Class, Sexual Orientation, and/or Gender identity.
All completed applications MUST be received by the April 2, 2016 deadline.
A completed application includes:
The completed application form
Finalists will be contacted to submit proof of current enrollment in school
Please use paragraphs when writing your responses to the personal statement portions:
Personal Statement Prompt 1:
Write a 500 word essay describing your educational journey, community involvement, any personal circumstances that have impacted your academic achievement, your participation in school or community activities.
Personal Statement Prompt 2:
Write a 250 word essay describing your immigration journey into this country, and the way that your undocumented status has impacted your life.
If you are a human and are seeing this field, please leave it blank.
Date of Birth
Zip / Post Code
School Currently Attending
Personal Statement One 500 word Max
Personal Statement Two 250 word Max
By submitting this form I certify that the information provided is complete and accurate, and that I meet all qualifying criteria. I further understand that falsification of any information will result in disqualification from this scholarship process and termination of any scholarship award.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Is Eligible For The OCIYU Scholarship?
OCIYU’s scholarship is only open to undocumented immigrant students living in the United States.
How Many Scholarships Will You Award This Year?
As with every year, the number of scholarships will depend on how much money we are able to fundraise.
What Is An Undocumented Immigrant Student?
Undocumented immigrant students, are students who live in the United States without legal status. Note: undocumented students who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ARE eligible for our scholarship as DACA does not grant legal status.
I Am A US Citizen, Permanent Resident, Or Live In The United States With A Visa, Do I Qualify?
No. As an undocumented immigrant youth led organization OCIYU’s members have decided to only open the scholarship to undocumented students. This stems from the lack of adequate financial aid opportunities for undocumented students, as well as from our own personal experiences as students.
I’m Undocumented But Don’t Live In Orange County, CA, Do I Still Qualify?
Yes! OCIYU may be a small local organization, but we understand that undocumented students nationwide still have limited financial aid opportunities open to them. This is why our scholarship is open to undocumented students living in any of the 50 states.
This Sounds Great! How And When Do I Apply?
The application form will be made available on March 1, 2016 on this page. You can sign up for our mailing list by scrolling to the bottom of the page and we will send you an email notification as soon as the application is available.
I Submitted My Application, When Will I Hear Back?
We will announce the recipients early in the Summer of 2016.