The Cesar Chavez Foundation is providing $300,000 in scholarship awards to Latino students who live in Arizona and California. Note: As indicated on their website, this $5,000 scholarship opportunity is open to Latino students “regardless of national origin or immigration status”. Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on their academic excellence, leadership in extracurricular activities, commitment to volunteer service in the community and financial need. Here are the eligibility requirements: Applicant must be an incoming or continuing full-time undergraduate student at any education institution for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Applicant must be of Latino descent. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicant must be attending a college in Arizona or California. The scholarship is available in Arizona and California. Scholarship is available to U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, Undocumented Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA).
2018 PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship
Arizona & California • The deadline to apply is May 25, 2018
The Dream & Promise Act moves forward!!
(H.R. 6) moves forward in the House of Representatives. • May 22, 2019
CHICAGO, May 22, 2019 — As committee markup of the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) moves forward today in the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is grateful to members of Congress who have shown their commitment to create permanent protection for members of our communities whose future was thrust into doubt when the Trump administration attempted to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs. The Dream and Promise Act has the potential to redirect the national conversation about immigration policy away from the administration’s extreme anti-immigrant agenda and back to where it belongs: How do we create an immigration system that is welcoming, functional, and ensures stability for American communities and the millions of immigrants who have lived, contributed, and raised U.S. citizens in those communities for decades? We celebrate with our clients, co-workers, friends and loved ones who can look to a more secure future as this legislation moves forward. Unfortunately, in critical ways, the version of the Dream and Promise Act moving forward this week also falls short. A series of harmful amendments added to the bill by Democratic House Judiciary Committee leaders would put significant and unnecessary power in the hands of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an agency that increasingly prioritizes the removal of immigrants from the United States by any means necessary. Through changes made to the bill subsequent to its introduction but before it moved to the Judiciary Committee, DHS would have broad power to deny protection for individuals on the basis of any criminal conviction, juvenile delinquency, or conduct-based gang allegations. This process is layered on top of the bill’s already overly broad exclusions, which preclude many from eligibility to even apply for protections because of previous involvement in the criminal legal system. These amendments encourage racial profiling by an agency in which the practice already is rampant and create harsh exclusions which have never before been included in the Dream Act. This week’s debate over the Dream and Promise Act lays important groundwork for immigration policymaking we hope will one day move forward under a different president — one who respects human rights and the importance of immigrants to American communities and families. NIJC is grateful to Rep. Jesus Garcia (D-IL) and other members of Congress who have steadfastly supported a progressive and welcoming vision for the bill and opposed amendments criminalizing immigrants. We look forward to working with them, and other representatives who refuse to buy into the president’s rhetoric of criminalization, to build an immigration platform that Americans and their immigrant families and neighbors deserve.
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ADAC Aspire scholarship
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC) is accepting applications for this year’s Aspire scholarship opportunity. ADAC is an immigrant youth-led organization that advocates for the educational and human rights of undocumented immigrants. Their 2019-2020 scholarship is open to undocumented students who graduated from a high school in Arizona and are pursuing a higher education. Note: “The award amount for this scholarship is $2,000, which will be paid to the college or university of your choice to be applied toward your tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year.” Here are the eligibility requirements for this scholarship: “- Have graduated from an Arizona high school or earned their high school equivalency diploma (HSE diploma) by June 18th, 2019; – Be enrolled part-time or full-time for the upcoming fall and spring semester at a public college/university in Arizona; – Have DACA or eligible non-citizen as defined by FAFSA; – Be between the ages of 18 and 24” The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019