The Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship

The Esperanza Education Fund will award scholarships - ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, depending on financial need - to immigrant students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, to attend public colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. Eligibility:-Must be born outside the U.S. or have two parents born outside the U.S.-Must be a graduating senior at a high school in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia-Must enroll full-time at an accredited public college or university Scholarship recipients will be selected based on qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one's community. A committee drawn from the local community will review applications and select a group of finalists for interviews. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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Award Amount: $20,000
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes

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