Scholarship for Undocumented Students at LBCC

Scholarship at Long Beach City College:

The first annual Funding Your Future Scholarship, founded by Futuro is available for undocumented immigrant students at LBCC.

Futuros started in January 2008 to work with low-income and immigrant communities to give them the tools to achieve college access.

Dr. Paz Oliverez, founder and director of Futuros, said, “We are a non-profit organization. We get our funding from private donations.”

The requirements for applicants include being an undocumented immigrant student, have at least a 2.5 GPA, attend a California community college, CSU, UC or a private college or university in Southern California, demonstrate financial need, and must be available for future participation in the Futuros College Access Mentoring Program.

Required documents include a 500-word essay, college transcript, resume and two letters of recommendation.

“Scholarship decisions will be made in August,” Oliverez said.

Undocumented students in California qualify under the AB 540 law, which requires an undocumented student to file a sworn statement that the student has filed an application to legalize their status in this country. This gives the student eligibility to pay in-state tuition instead of out-of- state tuition.

Alicia Kruizenga, associate director of the Scholarship Office said, “The scholarship office offers more than 700 scholarships a year and 90 percent AB 540 students can qualify.”

Futuros application deadline is Tuesday, June 30.