Grants/Scholarships

Welcome! Thank you for taking a look at the financial opportunities associated with the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center and other opportunities for support. All resources offered through our Center do not require repayment and are not loans. Questions about offered financial aid can be directed to the Financial Aid office here. Here are several additional resources for student financial support as well:

Additional questions can be directed to ab540-undocumented@ucdavis.edu

Opportunity Grant: Basic Needs

NOTE: To fill out the application you must use your UC Davis student email 

This is an opportunity for eligible undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and professional school students to offset the costs of unexpected expenses, which may include living expenses and basic needs support. This is an opportunity to receive up to $500 (UCD undergraduate students)/$750 (graduate and professional school students) across the academic year either all at once or in multiple iterations (i.e. $200, $200, $100, etc.).

You may receive up to $500 (UCD undergraduate students)/$750 (graduate and professional school students) for basic needs and living expenses and still be eligible to submit an Opportunity Grant application for legal filing fees for the academic year. Please email us at ab540-undocumented@ucdavis.edu with questions regarding additional financial assistance or other opportunities.

You can complete this process by filling out the application and providing the supplementary information requested. Please view the following Google Form application for more information and eligibility criterion.

*At this time, please give us 3-5 business days to follow up on your emergency grant application before following up with us. Undocumented students without AB540 are strongly encouraged to reach out to us directly at ab540-undocumented@ucdavis.edu*

 

Opportunity Grant: USCIS Filing Fees

NOTE: To fill out the application you must use your UC Davis student email 

This is an opportunity for eligible undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and professional school students to offset the costs of USCIS filing fees (e.g. DACA renewals, family-based petitions, advance parole, etc.).

USCIS filing fee support and still be eligible to submit this Opportunity Grant application for basic needs and living expenses of up to $500 for the academic year. Please email us at ab540-undocumented@ucdavis.edu with questions regarding additional financial assistance or other opportunities.

You can complete this process by filling out the application and providing the supplementary information requested. Please view the following Google Form application for more information and eligibility criterion.

*At this time, please give us 3-5 business days to follow up on your emergency grant application before following up with us. Undocumented students without AB540 are strongly encouraged to reach out to us directly at ab540-undocumented@ucdavis.edu*

 

Food Voucher Program

NOTE: To fill out the application you must use your UC Davis student email 

This is an opportunity for undergraduate/post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional school students to apply for our food program providing food vouchers to eligible students while supplies last. Currently, in partnership with Aggie Compass we are able to disburse several hundred dollars per academic period in electronic gift cards to Safeway and its peer grocery stores. Please view the following Google Form application while logged into your UC Davis email for more information and eligibility criterion. Please email us at ab540-undocumented@ucdavis.edu with questions regarding additional financial assistance or other opportunities.

 

Dragonfly Leadership Award

NOTE: To fill out the application you must use your UC Davis student email 

This is a one-time opportunity for 8 undergraduate/post-baccalaureate UC Davis students to be awarded up to $1,000 – based on financial aid eligibility – to honor community service or leadership experience.  

Apply athttp://bit.ly/dragonflyucd 

Application Opens: April 12th, 2022

Application Closes: May 10th, 2022

Announcement Made:  Week of May 23rd, 2022

Amount Awarded: Eight $1,000 awards per academic period (based on student's financial aid eligibility) 

Decisions made by the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center Scholarship Committee composed of UC Davis graduate students, alumni, campus and community partners. 

We encourage the following students to apply:  

  • Enrolled in the current academic quarter as a UC Davis student with an AB540 verification and CA Dream Act Application on file with the UC Davis Financial Aid Office 
  • Have demonstrated financial need (based on Financial Aid information provided)    

Application Checklist: 

  • Resume (1-page front and back max) 
  • Short Statements  

Criteria (ranked Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor, N/A) 

  • Community and Familial Service and Engagement (e.g., childcare, interpreting/translating, etc.) 
  • Campus/Community Leadership Experience (e.g., service to non-profits, community organizing, campus student organization, etc.) 
  • Commitment to Social Justice (e.g., articulates values in alignment with the Center’s mission and the UC Davis Principles of Community) 
  • Internship/Volunteer Experience with Undocumented Immigrant Justice Work (e.g., volunteering with our Center at UC Davis or a similar program at a previous institution, immigrant justice organizing background, service to organizations like CHIRLA, United We Dream, etc.) 
  • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress (internally, just yes or no) 

Questions can be directed to the following email:  ab540-undocumented@ucdavis.edu Please include the name of the scholarship in the subject line. 

 

Graduate/Professional School Student Support Award 

NOTE: To fill out the application you must use your UC Davis student email. 

The Graduate/Professional School Student Support Award is a one-time opportunity for graduate/professional school UC Davis students to be awarded up to $3,000 – based on financial aid eligibility – for academic excellence and/or stellar leadership/community service.  

Apply at: http://bit.ly/ab540gradapp 

Application closes: May 24, 2022 at 9am

Announcement Made: Open with ongoing review

Amount Awarded: Ranges from $1,500- $3,000 (based on student's financial aid eligibility) 

Decisions made by the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center Scholarship Committee composed of UC Davis graduate students, alumni, campus and community partners 

We encourage the following students to apply:  

  • Enrolled in the current academic quarter as a UC Davis graduate/professional school student with an AB540 verification and CA Dream Act Application on file with the UC Davis Financial Aid Office 
  • Have demonstrated financial need (based on Financial Aid information provided)  
  • Demonstrated academic excellence, leadership experience, and/or stellar community service  
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher   

Application Materials: 

  • Resume 
  • Financial Statements 
  • Financial Aid Documents 

Criteria (ranked Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor, N/A) 

  • Community and Familial Service and Engagement (e.g., childcare, interpreting/translating, etc.) 
  • Campus/Community Leadership Experience (e.g., service to non-profits, community organizing, campus student organization, etc.) 
  • Commitment to Social Justice (e.g., articulates values in alignment with the Center’s mission and the UC Davis Principles of Community) 
  • Internship/Volunteer Experience with Undocumented Immigrant Justice Work (e.g., volunteering with our Center at UC Davis or a similar program at a previous institution, immigrant justice organizing background, service to organizations like CHIRLA, United We Dream, etc.) 
  • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress (internally, just yes or no) 

Questions can be directed to the following email: ab540-undocumented@ucdavis.edu Please include the name of the scholarship in the subject line. 

 

UndocuScholar Award

NOTE: To fill out the application you must use your UC Davis student email

This is a one-time opportunity for 8 undergraduate/post-baccalaureate UC Davis students to be awarded up to $1,000 to honor stellar academic performance.  

Apply at: http://bit.ly/undocuscholar 

Application Opens: April 12th, 2022

Application Closes: May 10th, 2022

Announcement Made: Week of May 23rd, 2022

 Amount Awarded: Eight $1,000 awards per academic period (based on student's financial aid eligibility) 

Decisions made by the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center Scholarship Committee composed of UC Davis graduate students, alumni, campus and community partners. 

We encourage the following students to apply:

  • Currently enrolled in the current academic quarter as an undergraduate/post-bacc UC Davis student with an AB540 verification and CA Dream Act Application on file with the UC Davis Financial Aid Office 
  • Admitted AB 540/undocumented students in the MURALS or BUSP programs are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Must have 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher   

Application materials:

  • Transcript (Include a copy of your unofficial transcript) 
  • Short Statement  

Criteria (ranked Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor, N/A) 

  • Great academic standing and progress (internally, just yes or no) 
  • Motivated to achieve academic and professional goals 
  • Motivated to address educational and academic barriers along their journey 
  • Passionate about their field of study 
  • Commitment to Social Justice (e.g., articulates values in alignment with the Center’s mission and the UC Davis Principles of Community) 

Questions can be directed to the following email: ab540-undocumented@ucdavis.edu Please include the name of the scholarship in the subject line. 

 

*Other Resources Outside of Our Center*

 

CARES Act FAQ

https://bit.ly/UCDAB540-CAREACT-FAQ

Aggie Compass is offering rent support grants, groceries, and more for students available across the range of immigration statuses right now, with or without AB 540 and a California Dream Act Application on file. 

We Are Aggie Pride/Student Emergency Relief Aid (Students Helping Students Fund)

These one-time-only awards are meant to cover short-term needs that are not covered by other assistance, such as tuition, rent, medical treatment, or other necessities that may hamper a student from succeeding academically or from meeting their basic needs. Find out more here.

ASUCD Dream Committee Lending Library Scholarship (Applications coming for Winter and Spring Quarters)

For questions, contact Alejandro Galicia Cervantes, ASUCD Dream Committee Chair by emailing them at dreamcommitteeasucd@gmail.com or scheduling an appointment at this Calendly link.

California Dream Act Application (CADAA)

The California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities, and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the previously proposed national DREAM Act Legislations. This application is free. The information provided on your California Dream Act Application is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is used by UC Davis to determine your eligibility for financial aid. You can apply for financial aid before you apply for admissions. For more information about CADAA review the information on the UC Davis Financial Aid Office website: https://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/apply  and or the California Student Aid Commissions website at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/

Immigrants Rising COVID-19 Resources

Immigrants Rising has compiled these resources to support immigrants during COVID-19!

Immigrants Rising Fellowships & Scholarships

Immigrants Rising (formerly E4FC) is a renowned non-profit located in the Bay Area. Driven by and for Undocumented people, they aim to support Undocumented students in achieving their educational and career goals. Accompanying their Scholarship Application Guide and Scholarship Essay Tool, they have compiled lists of fellowships and scholarships that do not require proof of citizenship or lawful permanent residence status in the United States.

My Undocumented Life

The mission of My Undocumented Life is to provide up-to-date information and resources to Undocumented students. They include a list of scholarships here.

Yolo County Short Term Emergency Aid Committee

Food, utility, rental, and job readiness help for qualified individuals living in Yolo County with incomes at or below the federal poverty level found here.