“Even more valuable than the scholarship money was having the emotional support.” Beleza Chan, 2006 Scholar

Immigrants Rising’s Scholarship Fund (previously called New American Scholars Fund) provides financial awards to low-income immigrant college and graduate students who live and/or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $7,000 to cover tuition and other expenses. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and community impact; they are also expected to maintain a minimum GPA (2.8 for college students and 3.0 for graduate students), and participate in ongoing Immigrants Rising’s programming, events, and activities throughout the year.


  • Foreign-born
  • Financial need
  • Do not have permanent residency (green card) or citizenship in the U.S.
  • Current or intended enrollment in an accredited college or graduate program for 2019-2020
  • Minimum GPA requirement:
    • For high school students: 3.3 cumulative high school GPA
    • For college/graduate students: 3.0 cumulative college GPA
  • Demonstrated academic preparation and community/extracurricular involvement

San Francisco Bay Area residency requirements:

You must fulfill at least one of the following:

  • Previous or intended graduation from a San Francisco Bay Area high school, or
    current or expected enrollment in a San Francisco Bay Area college or university
  • We define the San Francisco Bay Area as the following 11 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.

Interested in Applying?

The deadline for all application materials was FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH at 5 PM PST. We have extended the deadline to THURSDAY, MARCH 21ST only for current students at Oakland Unified School District who were unable to meet the deadline due to the strike.

Read our Application Instructions to learn about the application process and access the online application form.

Application Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

Profiles of 2018-2019 Scholars