Here is an overview of our application. We try to keep it simple and straight forward.
Demographic, Academic, and Financial Information
You will provide us with your demographic, academic, and financial information. This is the same information that you will include in most of your college applications. We DO NOT ask for your home address and you do not have to upload financial documentation.
You will certify that you either have DACA or TPS and provide the expiration date or you will certify that you meet each of the immigration eligibility criteria required to apply for the scholarship award and you will apply for lawful presence or lawful status as soon as you are legally able to do. These criteria mirror the previous DACA eligibility criteria (see the eligibility section above). You DO NOT have to upload your DACA or TPS documents.
Our scholarship is available to low-income students who cannot otherwise afford to go to college. To assess this, we need to understand your financial situation.
If you’re a dependent student, we need your parents’ and your financial information to get a full picture of the family’s financial strength.
If you’re an independent student, we only need your financial information (and, if you’re married, your spouse’s) to assess your financial strength.
We will have you indicate whether you are a dependent student or an independent student and then, based on your status, provide:
Annual household Income
Number in the household supported by this income
Number of dependents supported by this income who will attend college in 2017.
You DO NOT have to upload any financial records.
While we will consider your GPA and extracurricular activities in selecting finalists, the most important part of your application are your two essays.
The essay prompts are:
1. Your Educational and Career Goals – 750 words max
Describe your educational and career goals and explain what or who has inspired or helped shape these goals.
Excluding financial needs, what are the most significant challenges you expect to face in successfully completing college? How will you overcome these challenges?
2. Overcoming Adversity – 750 words max
Describe a challenging family or personal circumstance that has affected your achievement or participation in school, work, or community activities.
How did you overcome this challenge and what did you learn from the experience above?
We ask you to provide the contact information from someone who knows you well and has served in one of these roles for you: a teacher, counselor, mentor, coach, employer, community leader, or religious leader. Your reference must be at least 21 years of age and must not be related to you.
As part of your application, you must upload the following documents by March 1, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
For high school students or HSE graduates: a copy of your official or unofficial high school transcript or high school equivalency diploma, SAT or ACT test scores and earned college credits (if applicable).
For community college graduates: a copy of your official or unofficial community college transcript.
Your application is not complete until all required documents are uploaded.