OUT OF THE SHADOWS ESSAY CONTEST

Applications Due: February 28th, 2021 @ 11:59PM EST

The Out of the Shadows (OOTS) Essay Contest is a financial resource for undocumented college students. The OOTS Essay Contest was developed in 2012 by Chispas, a student organization at the University of Florida that focuses on immigrant rights and immigrant advocacy. The monetary prize will be awarded to college students who are undocumented and striving to pursue higher education. 

Thank you to the UF Hispanic Heritage-Latinx Month (HLHM), UF PorColombia, UF Central American Latin Organization (CALOR), UF Latino Medical Student Association (L.M.S.A), UF Mexican-American Student Association (MASA), Argentine Student Association (ArSA) UF, Lucha Latina at UF, Pride Student Union (PSU) at UF, and Alobebi for helping us fundraise for our 2021 Out of the Shadows!

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Other Scholarships

Below are some scholarships that are open to DACA students and/or undocumented students. Please email us or message us through the contact part of the website if you know of any other scholarships. If you are a Florida Gator and you are awarded any of these, let us know! We would like to spotlight and congratulate you and ask about the process. 

Deadline: 02/16/21

"Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2020 Semester."

Deadline: 02/25/21

 "We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated DREAMers with significant, unmet financial need."

Deadline: 03/05/21

"The Adelante Caiman scholarship was established to support immigrant students who strive to get ahead and onwards with their educational ambitions but are unable to obtain federal or state financial support to make those goals a reality." This is for students attending the University of Florida.

Deadline: 03/05/21

"The Dr. Rafael and Mrs. J. Fe Padron de Angulo Scholarship honors the memory, dedication, and service of a couple who positively influenced the Gainesville Latino community for decades." This is for students attending the University of Florida.

Deadline: 03/05/21

"The Colonel Glenn A. Farris Scholarship recognizes the importance of hard work and dedication." This is for students attending the University of Florida.

Deadline: 03/05/21

"The Esperanza Garcia-Loynaz Memorial Scholarship will award a $500 grant to an admitted UF Law student who also attended UF for his or her undergraduate studies." This is for students attending the University of Florida.