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Founded in 2006, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) empowers undocumented young people to pursue their dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United States. We address the holistic needs of undocumented young people through direct support, leadership and career development, community outreach and education, creative expression, and advocacy. Our programming is designed by and for undocumented young people with support from committed allies. We are a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Initiatives.
We're thrilled to open up applications for our New American Scholars Program, which provides financial awards to low-income undocumented college and graduate students who live or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $7,000 to cover tuition and other expenses. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and community impact; they are also expected to maintain a minimum GPA (2.8 for college students and 3.0 for graduate students), and participate in ongoing E4FC programming, events, and activities throughout the year.
This year, we're prioritizing undocumented students who do not qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and/or AB540 status. Read more about our Scholars Program.
"Invest in the Dream" Fund Now Accepting Proposals
E4FC is pleased to announce Year 3 of its Invest in the Dream Fund, a matching grant program designed to encourage scholarship providers nationwide to expand educational opportunities for undocumented students.
In 2016, E4FC will again offer 1:1 matching grants, up to $50,000 each, to community-based, non-profit scholarship providers that create or expand scholarship opportunities for undocumented students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Matching grant recipients will be selected through a competitive review process. E4FC staff and advisers (including undocumented students) will review all grant proposals and select those that most effectively advance opportunities for undocumented students.
Grant proposals are due by July 1, 2016. Access the grant application form here.
Grant recipients will be announced by September 9, 2016 and grant funds will be awarded in December, 2016.
Grants from E4FC must be matched 1:1 by scholarship provider organizations. Scholarship providers can use matching funds from any source, including existing organizational resources, contributions from individual donors or foundation grants.
This year, E4FC is making important changes in the eligibility requirements and selection process for Invest in the Dream grants. For more information, visit the Invest in the Dream Overview page and FAQ page.
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Description: Since 2009, E4FC has developed resources to help undocumented students across the United States find scholarships to pay for college. These resources have been assembled and updated by undocumented young people who have participated in E4FC’s various programs. Thanks to the support of students, educators and parents like you, in the past year alone our scholarship resources have been accessed over 60,000 times.
Authors: Kemi Bello, E4FC's Communications Manager, and Yadira Sanchez, E4FC's Policy Associate
Description: This resource is meant to be used by educators, school administrators and allies who work closely with and are interested in better supporting undocumented students. Whether you're a long-time champion of undocumented students or a new educator just learning how best to support this population, there will be something useful in this resource for you.
Author: Jose Arreola, E4FC Training & Community Relations Manager
Description: This resource serves up myth-busting on the differences between the California Dream Act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
It comes with a handy flowchart to help students navigate their financial aid eligibility scenarios, and sheds light on why it’s important to increase support for non-AB 540 and/or non-DACA students in particular.
Author(s): Yadira Sanchez, Itzel Calvo, Jazmin Segura, Kemi Bello
SUPPORT FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS: STRATEGIES AND BEST PRACTICES FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDERS
Description: This brief and informative resource is for all scholarship providers and college access organizations but especially for community foundations and other community-based scholarship programs. While the guide offers information and advice for organizations at all levels of experience, we hope it will be especially helpful to scholarship providers that are taking their first steps to support undocumented students.
Jay Sherwin, Co-Director of E4FC's Invest in the Dream Initiative Jose Arreola, E4FC Training & Community Relations Manager