Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!
Thousands of immigrants attend Boston’s high schools. They work hard and have big dreams, but at graduation time, many face a huge obstacle: If they’re undocumented, they don’t qualify for federal financial aid, and if they enroll in a public college in Massachusetts, many will have to pay out-of-state tuition.
Nationwide, only about 3% of undocumented students finish college, mainly because of the cost. The Unafraid Scholarship was created by a group of teachers to help students from Boston Public Schools who’ve been accepted to college but aren’t eligible for federal financial aid.
Scholarship applications are submitted after students have been accepted and received their financial aid package. As part of the application, students create a financial plan for getting through college. Applications are reviewed by Boston teachers, and applicants will have the opportunity to attend an application clinic with teachers to help them complete the application.
The Unafraid Scholarship builds on the success of a scholarship set up at Fenway High School, where 11 students have been awarded scholarships in the past four years. Eight are still in college, and one just graduated. In its inaugural year, 2017-18, the Unafraid Scholarship awarded $24,000 in scholarships to 10 students. We are now raising funds for the 2018-19 academic year.