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Golden Door Scholarship for Undocumented Students Due 10/10

September 28, 2021

Apply by October 10th to the Golden Door Scholars. Scholarship recipients will receive funding for a four-year degree at Golden Door partner schools beginning Fall 2022. Students at or applying to non-partner schools are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Golden Door Scholars will also have access to mentors, fellowship and job search support, along with other professional growth opportunities.

Background: Status doesn’t determine opportunity. Tenacity and hard work do. With our scholarship, undocumented students invest in their education and define their future.

Eligibility:
• Applicants must have DACA, TPS or be undocumented, meaning currently not have lawful status in the US
• High school students, recent high school graduates, currently enrolled undergraduates and transfer students  (community college or 4-year college)
• Applicants must not be eligible for in-state tuition or federal funding
• High GPA (all scholars are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA each semester)
• Taking advanced or challenging high school classes
• Driven to excel and help others succeed
• Has held leadership positions or is involved in the community
• Actively applying for a variety of scholarships

How to Apply:
• Online application
• Resume
• High school transcript
• Video of two-minutes or less introducing and telling us about yourself. Don’t worry about fancy theatrics, graphics, or music. We just want to get to know who you are and we want to hear that from you!
• Essay: Golden Door Scholars requires an essay submission, but we prefer for you spend time on your required college application essays. Choose the application essay prompt for one of the colleges you plan to apply to and submit the name of the college, the essay prompt/question and your essay. Most essays are between 400-500 words, but essays up to 1000 words are permitted. The good news is you’ll be done early with your college application essay!

Additional Application Notes:

• Please remember that you have two opportunities, the video prompt and essay prompt, to let us know more about yourself. While we absolutely want to understand how your undocumented or TPS/DACA status has influenced your life and educational goals, we also want to hear about what differentiates you from the hundreds of undocumented students who apply to our scholarship.  Use one of those opportunities to tell us something else we cannot see just by looking at your grades, test scores and transcripts.

• All scholarship awards will begin as of Fall 2022. Strong preference will be given to applicants who are not eligible for in-state tuition and are interested in pursuing one of the following career paths: software engineering, nursing, data analytics, business analytics, and digital marketing. Popular majors that align with these career paths include math, statistics, economics, computer science, data science, etc.

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