Resources for Undocumented Students

The information below may be useful for all students, regardless of their immigration status.

Illinois Dream Act

The Illinois DREAM Fund Scholarship offers financial assistance to immigrant students who are undocumented or who do not qualify for any type of federal student aid. The private scholarship will award undergraduate students up to $2,000 for attendance at a two-year institution or $6,000 for attendance at a four-year institution.

On Aug. 1, 2011, Governor Quinn signed the Illinois DREAM Act. Designed to make scholarships, college savings and prepaid tuition programs available to undocumented students who graduated from Illinois high schools, the Act creates an Illinois DREAM Fund. This legislation makes Illinois the first state in the country to create a private scholarship fund for undocumented youth.

Applications are available for students who meet the following criteria:
  • High school or college minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 point scale).
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Have at least one parent who immigrated to the U.S.
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Have resided with his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) while attending high school in Illinois.
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Have graduated from a high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED) in Illinois; after attending an Illinois high school for at least three years.

To apply, visit http://illinoisdreamfund.org/.


Many schools offer private scholarships to students regardless of their immigration status. View the following list of scholarships and qualifications currently available to Triton College students.

Scholarships with a February 1 Deadline:

Adreani Foundation Scholarship     Joan Lally Musker Memorial Scholarship
Biancalana Family Hospitality Scholarship     Joanne and Marian Mota Memorial Scholarship
Bobbi Tammeling Memorial Hospitality Scholarship     Mary Cecilia Kelly Scholarship
Cancer Federation Scholarship     Saluja and Duggal Scholarship
Carlos Granados Memorial Scholarship     Society of Automotive Testers Technician Advancement Scholarship
Dr. Annie Thompson Moore Memorial Scholarship     Sustainable Agriculture Technology Internship 
Jack Scanlon ESL Scholarship     Twentieth Century Women's Club Scholarship


Scholarships with a June 1 Deadline:

Board of Trustees G.E.D.                                Illinois Health Improvement Association Scholarship
Board of Trustees ESL Scholarship                                Kay Langston Scholarship    
Alumni Legacy Scholarship                                Marilyn Casey Health Scholarship     
Automotive Scholarship                                William Barr Memorial Scholarship     


Scholarships with a August 1 Deadline:

Chicago Printing Ink Production Club
Lou Ricchio Memorial Scholarship
Sandy Hamil Memorial Scholarship

 
Scholarships with a September 1 Deadline:  

Adreani Foundation Scholarship       Library Scholarship
Biancalana Family Hospitality Scholarship       Mary Cecilia Kelley Scholarship Scholarship
Carlos Granados Memorial Scholarship       Merlyn C. Pontikes Memorial Scholarship
Carol Casten Memorial Nursing Scholarship       Northlake Community Continuing Scholarship
Eugenia Pawlik Zeitlin - Future Teachers Scholarship       Northlake Community High School Scholarship
Jens C. Nielsen Hospitality Scholarship       Twentieth Century Women's Club Scholarship
June Sark Heinrich Senior Scholarship       Winkleblack Second Chance Scholarship

 Other Deadlines: 

Alumni Legacy Scholarship October 1
Bellwood Chamber of Commerce January 1
Classified Association Ken Hoehamer Memorial Scholarship  Second Friday of the Fall semester
HispanoFest Scholarship Deadline usually in August, check website for additional information: www.hispanofest.org  
Faculty Association Good Student Recognition Scholarship First week of April 
Faculty Association John Boyle Memorial Scholarship First week of April  
Horticulture Club Scholarship Date varies, usually sometime in May, check with department for actual date
Pepsi Cola Scholarship Second Friday of the Fall semester
Triton College Student Association Dr. Douglas Olson Leadership Award April 26
Triton College Student Association Dr. George R. Cox Student Life Scholarship Third Friday of April
Triton College Student Association Dr. Quincy Martin III Diversity Excellence Scholarship Third Friday of April
Trustee Honors Scholarship November for Fall graduate, April for Spring graduate
UPS Scholarship 10th day of the Fall or Spring Semester

 

Online Resources
There are many online resources available to students who seek alternative funding options, including:
   • www.ICIRR.org/education
   • www.MALDEF.org
   • www.LatinoCollegeDollars.org 
   • www.ushli.org 
   • www.FastWeb.com

Undocumented Student Guide to College
A guide to navigating the system of higher education for undocumented students, presented by the ICIRR (Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights).

 Undocumented Student Guide  Undocumented Student Guide