Uncommon Scholarships that are Odd
Have you heard of the AB540 scholarships for non residents. Not too many students have that’s for sure because it’s one of those uncommon scholarships which are odd because students don’t need to be a citizen or have a social security number to apply for it.
No social security number?
Very unconventional and peculiar scholarship guidelines indeed!
According to Assembly Bill 540, or AB540, some non-residents in California are now able to pay in-state fees. The law specifically assists high school graduates in California who are undocumented residents by allowing them to pay in-state tuition. The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two additional assembly bills that allow undocumented students who meet the provisions of AB540 to apply for and receive private scholarships that are directed through public universities. In January of 2013, students may also be eligible to receive state-administered financial aid, community college fee waivers, and university grants.
Uncommon scholarships for unconventional students!
There are several AB540 scholarships that do not require students to have a Social Security number. Citizenship is not required in order for students to apply for and receive these undocumented student scholarships.
One of those no social security number scholarships is the LTA Latina Sorority scholarship. The deadline to apply is in January. The award ranges between $250 and $500. Students must be a high school senior or continuing undergraduate student
The Que Llueva Café Scholarship is a $500 award that is given to a student of Chicano or Latino descent who is undocumented and enrolling in university or college. The deadline to apply is February. Applicants must demonstrate academic potential to be considered for this AB540 scholarship.
The Discover Scholarship Program offers awards up to $25,000 for recipients to pursue any type of training or education following high school. The deadline to apply is January. Applicants must demonstrate significant accomplishments in community service and leadership and must also have faced a significant challenge.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards are also AB540 scholarships. The deadline to apply for these uncommon scholarships is in February. The scholarship program awards rang between $1,000 and $5,000.
The Spanish American Institute Scholarship is for students who live in Southern California between San Luis Obispo and San Diego. The deadline to apply is May.
The Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math, and Science Scholarship offers a rare scholarship between $1,000 and $3,000 to students pursuing a degree in an engineering, science, technology, or math discipline. The deadline to apply is April 1st.
The Nordstrom Scholarship allows students to achieve their educational goals through financial assistance. The award consists of $10,000 to be awarded over a four-year period. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
The Mexican American Dream Scholarship offers a no social security scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to a member or related member of the Council of Mexican Federations. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must be able to participate in the Council’s annual conference. The deadline to apply is July 1st.
The Fulfilling our Dreams Scholarship is sponsored by the Salvadorian American Leadership Education Fund. An award of between $1,000 and $5,000 is awarded to applicants of Central American or other Latino ethnicity. The award is renewable upon community service and minimum GPA requirements. The deadline to apply is June.
The Fund also sponsors the Father Rutilio Grande Scholarship. This award also ranges between $1,000 and $5,000. The deadline to apply for this unique scholarship is in June as well. Students must major in Philosophy, Theology, or Religious Studies. In addition, the Fund sponsors the Fulfilling our Dreams Health Career Scholarship for students pursuing a career in the healthcare industry. The award ranges between $1,000 and $5,000.
Liberty Hill Foundation sponsors the Cal Dream Scholarship with an award of up to $10,000. Applicants must meet AB540 scholarship requirements, must be the child of immigrant parents, and must attend UC Berkley.
The Association of Raza Educators Scholarship Fund offers an award of $2,000 to $2,500 to high school senior who demonstrates financial need and is actively involved in organizing against social injustice.
Latin Sorority atypical scholarships
The Lambda Theta Alpha Scholarship is also an AB540 scholarship program that is sponsored by the Latin Sorority. The award amounts vary, but the average scholarship issued is worth $500. Applicants must be undocumented and must reside in California.
Uncommon scholarships for odd circumstances
AB540 Scholarships; rare and unusual as they may be, are great for students who are non residents, have no social number and/or are undocument students. There are not many of these uncommon scholarships today to assist this type of student market and therefore a very popular student aid avenue for those who fit the extraordinary scholarship criteria.