Que Llueva Café Scholarship for Undocumented Students

Organization Overview & Description:
CORE proudly sponsors this scholarship to help undocumented students continue on their academic path. This scholarship is a response to the lack of financial aid that undocumented students face every day at their respective college. In particular, CORE seeks to support undocumented students that have met the academic requirements asked of them and hold the academic promise to achieve so much more. The “Que Llueva Café” Scholarship aims to support the dreams, hopes and aspirations of college-bound undocumented students so that they can earn their college education and allow for all of their hard work and sacrifice to persevere. This scholarship program strives to make a world of difference. ¡Ójala que llueva café!

Website: Que Llueva Café Scholarship Program for Undocumented Students
Application & Instructions: Download Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be an undocumented student (DACA students are eligible).
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must demonstrate academic potential and promise
  • Due to limited funds, current college students who have already graduated high school or received their GED will not be considered.
  • Must be or will be a high school/GED graduate who will enroll for the first time in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Supporting Documents:
(1) Que Llueva Café Scholarship Application – Please complete the application in full.
(2) One (1) Letter of Recommendation – You may submit an extra letter but only one is required. We will only accept a maximum of 2 letters of recommendation. Please do not send more than 2 letters.
(3) Copy of High School transcript – Submit your most current high school transcript. You may submit an unofficial or official transcript.
(4) Personal Statement (1000 words maximum) – Your personal statement must fulfill the following three things to be considered complete:

  • You must include a description of your current financial need as an undocumented student in your personal statement.
  • You must indicate in your personal statement that you are an undocumented student (DACA students are eligible).
  • You must write a response to ONLY ONE of the writing prompts below.

Writing Prompts:
a. Provide an autobiography that includes your dreams, hopes, and aspirations.
b. How would you describe your high school experience and what do you expect to gain by enrolling in college?
c. What is your greatest motivation for attending college next year?
d. Writer and artist Alberto Ledesma wrote, “I believe that only by communicating the triumphs and stresses of our experience without self-judgement, only by initiating a public dialogue about what being undocumented means that is free from self-accusation, will our society finally accept that having been undocumented is just another kind of American experience.” (Ledesma, 2017, pg. 105). What do you think about Ledesma’s quote? Has and/or will this strategy work? Does the quote resonate with you or not? Why or Why not?

Ensure your application is postmarked by March 14, 2020 and mailed to our address below:

  • CORE’s Que Llueva Café Scholarship Program
    c/o Jaime L. Del Razo, Ph.D.
    P.O. Box 2925
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Contact Information: Please email the CORE Scholarship Committee Chair, Jaime L Del Razo at jdelrazo@ca-core.org