Undocumented students in Chico, California, will receive $10,000 to pay for college in the upcoming school year.
California is the state with the largest number of undocumented students enrolled in higher education institutions, with more than 94 thousand. Likewise, it is also the state with the largest number of beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), with more than 222 thousand.
In this sense, the opportunity for scholarships and financing for university students is always open in the state. Chico State University recently announced a partnership with Shasta College and Butte College to provide scholarships to low-income DACA students.
This program will provide scholarships to 125 undocumented students who have difficulty paying to complete college payments. To earn the $10,000 scholarship, students must complete 450 hours of community service.
“The allocation, the prize is divided into two parts. Part 1 is a $7,000 living allowance that will be paid during the academic year, so it helps with rent and other eligible expenses right in the year of service,” explained Chico State professor Emilyn Sheffield. The rest of the scholarship money will be received upon completion of their community service hours.
For his part, Josh Fryday, director of California services, explained the scholarship is an important amount, since most low-income students need to apply for loans to cover university payments, or they must start working.
The call for scholarships has not yet been published, however, Chico State is working to make the application available online. Similarly, the university announced that it requires the support of more than 50 organizations in the city, which can receive students to carry out community work.