Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!

College kids hands for scholarshipContribute to a scholarship for undocumented immigrants who’ve just graduated from city schools.

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.

Click here to help a talented immigrant student start college this year!

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June 11, 2017, marks the date of my graduation. A day in which I never thought it would be possible if I have given up earlier. Sitting among my fellow classmates, I realized how hard we all have worked to earn our seat in the arena. These years have never been easy, but they were able to teach me how strong I am. …

Students who do not have access to financial aid are stuck in between two weights pressing down on their shoulders. They can choose to surpass these obstacles and find a way to make it work, or they choose to stop. … For a while, I almost chose to stop. I began realizing that college was not for me. Not because I was not capable of doing well, but because my resources limited me from seeing how important it was for me to continue. …

I feel blessed and honored that as an undocumented student, I have been able to overcome the financial obstacle. Most importantly, I regained hope. … With my high school diploma in my hand and a place to go for the next four years, I am grateful for everyone who has pushed me to this point. … I am proud of myself in what I have accomplished, and excited for what I will succeed in.

– Boston Latin Academy student, Class of 2017

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