Please help Gricelda, a DACAmented student and dear friend, attend graduate school!

Help Gricelda attend Naropa University (Support Gricelda earn her MA in Counseling and Art Therapy)Please consider donating to, and helping spread the word about, my dear friend Gricelda’s online fundraiser.

Gricelda has DACA, but as many of you know, we are still not eligible for federal financial aid. Access to in-state tuition and state financial aid are also rough, largely depends on the state you/we grow up in.

Gricelda was accepted to attend Naropa University in Boulder Colorado to pursue her graduate studies in their MA program in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with Art Therapy concentration for fall 2015. She has accepted a $9,000 Financial Aid Award Package from Naropa University, which includes a graduate assistantship stipend and graduate scholarship award, along with an award for the Naropa Presidential Scholarship. However, since she does not qualify for federal student loans, she needs our help and support. Continue reading

Having problems renewing your DACA because you traveled outside of the country under Advance Parole?

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is soliciting case examples for DACA recipients who are renewing their DACA and facing difficulties because they travelled outside the country on a valid grant of advance parole.

If you are or represent a DACA recipient who:

(a) applied for and received advance parole during their initial grant of DACA;
(b) travelled abroad and returned through that grant;
(c) filed for renewal of DACA; and
(d) received an RFE, NOID, or Denial based on that travel

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Check out Karla’s, DACAmented student, advice on advance parole for DACA beneficiaries

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 11.46.45 PMIf you have applied for and received your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval, and are thinking of applying for advance parole to travel outside of the United States, I highly recommend checking out Karla’s website and Facebook page.  Karla is a DACAmented student herself, and she is really passionate about sharing her experience and helpful information/resources with others who are planning to travel abroad using advance parole.

Also, for more information on advance parole, check out USCIS’ official website “Frequently Asked Questions” where they answer questions related to DACA, including travel guidelines for DACA beneficiaries.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Southwest Airlines Education Travel Program

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 8.22.14 PMHACU and Southwest airlines will award roundtrip airline tickets to undergraduate and graduate students across the country who travel away from home to pursue a higher education and meet the eligibility criteria.

A selection committee consisting of national education advocates and community leaders will select the award recipients. Recipients may be awarded 1-4 roundtrip tickets for the student and/or parent to use when traveling to/from the college/university.  View detailed guidelines here: “2015 Official Rules and Guidelines

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

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The New Leader Scholarship of the Marin Community Foundation

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 8.24.14 PMThe New Leader Scholarship of the Marin Community Foundation annually awards scholarships of up to $8,000.

The New Leader Scholarship consists of support for undergraduate students attending one of the five Bay Area public universities. In addition, they provide support for New Leader Scholars that have received an award as an undergraduate and attend graduate school at a public university in California. All Scholars can apply for graduate school preparation support (regardless of the graduate school location) and assistance with other personal health related services.

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