Becoming a United States citizen is a wondrous milestone in itself, but it can also help immigrants unlock numerous scholarships for newly naturalized American citizens to attend higher education.

Our nation has historically been a “land for opportunity” and welcomed immigrants from all parts of the world. Over just the last decade, more than 6.6 million foreign-born lawful permanent residents have achieved naturalization by taking the Oath of Allegiance.

Many of these new U.S. citizens may be held back from truly reaching their American dream though due to a lack of financial resources to cover tuition costs. Luckily, the following are 25 excellent scholarships available for newly naturalized citizens from various ethnicities and backgrounds to remove any financial barriers to their education goals.

1. Achievement Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants

Deadline: March 31st

Funded by Larry and Sue Yarger, the Achievement Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants is granted for $1,000 to $4,000 annually by the Triangle Community Foundation for first-generation U.S. citizens, newly naturalized citizens, refugees, and immigrants residing in Wake County of North Carolina. Eligible candidates must be graduating high school, plan to attend an accredited in-state institution, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, exhibit family financial need, and be committed to being a contributory member of American society.

Contact

Achievement Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants
324 Blackwell Street Suite 1220
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 474-8370
ruth@trianglecf.org

2. Ameen Rihani Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 15th

Through the Arab American Institute, the Ameen Rihani Scholarship Program is available to provide $1,500 to naturalized U.S. citizens or permanent residents of Arab descent who are intending to study literature, philosophy, or political science in American higher education. To qualify, applicants must be enrolling full-time in a degree-granting program, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.25, and demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service or extra-curricular activities.

Contact

Ameen Rihani Scholarship Program
1600 K Street NW Suite 601
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 429-9210
communications@aaiusa.org

3. Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Administered by the Seattle Foundation, the Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship is granted annually for $5,000 to students from the Pacific Rim states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington who are of Asian heritage. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens, be accepted at an accredited two or four-year college full-time, possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, demonstrate financial need, and write a 500-word essay explaining the most interesting book they’ve read.

Contact

Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship
1200 5th Avenue Suite 1300
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 515-2115
scholarships@seattlefoundation.org
Scholarship Link

4. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Deadline: April 15th

In the Institute of International Education, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is open to all U.S. citizens and naturalized citizens of limited financial means who are enrolled at accredited higher learning institutions in good academic standing. To receive up to $8,000 in funding, candidates must be accepted in a study abroad program for at least four weeks. Preference is given to students who speak Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Turkic, Persian, Indic, Korean, Russian, and Swahili fluently.

Contact

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
1800 West Loop South Suite 250
Houston, TX 77027
(832) 369-3487
gilmanadvisors@iie.org

5. Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: March 31st

For female newly naturalized U.S. citizens of Hispanic heritage, the Chicana/Latina Foundation offers up to 31 scholarships of $1,500 apiece annually to lower the tuition costs of attending an accredited college, university, or community college. Eligible applicants must be enrolled full-time, have completed 12 college units, have lived at least two years in Northern California, carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, agree to attend the CLF Leadership Institute, and commit to volunteering at least 10 hours after being selected.

Contact

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarships
1419 Burlingame Avenue Suite W2
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 548-1040
alicia@chicanalatina.org

6. Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarships

Deadline: April 5th

Ranging in value from $1,000 to $3,000, the Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarships are given annually to citizens, naturalized citizens, or permanent residents of the United States and Puerto Rico who are enrolling full-time in an accredited post-secondary institution. Eligible candidates must be at least 18 years old, meet low income requirements, achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and provide a 500-word essay on how Denny’s can impact childhood hunger in their community.

Contact

Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarships
761 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
(646) 277-1226
hungryforeducation@dennys.com

7. D.H. Gustafson Family Scholarships

Deadline: February 13th

Sponsored by the Eagan Foundation and the Paradigm Foundation, the D.H. Gustafson Family Scholarships are presented each year for $1,000 to one male and one female first-generation American, newly naturalized citizen, or immigrant who is furthering their education to the post-secondary level. Qualified applicants must live or attend school in Eagan, Minnesota, carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, exhibit financial need, write a personal essay, and be actively involved in extra-curricular or volunteer activities.

Contact

D.H. Gustafson Family Scholarships
P.O. Box 211192
Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 243-1198
admin@eaganfoundation.org

8. Edna M. and Maurice Gedance Scholarship

Deadline: February 1st

At the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), the Edna M. and Maurice Gedance Scholarship was founded to deliver up to $2,000 to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate or graduate students who carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Priority is given to students who are naturalized citizens of the United States and can provide a certified copy of their Certificate of Naturalization attesting to their status as a foreign-born immigrant.

Contact

Edna M. and Maurice Gedance Scholarship
4505 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3424
unlvscholarships@unlv.edu
Scholarship Link

9. Foroutan Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: May 15th

In the maximum amount of $10,000, the Foroutan Foundation awards several scholarships each year to first-generation immigrants and foreign-born citizens of Iranian descent who have been naturalized in the United States. Eligible recipients must be pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited American college, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, carry a full-time academic courseload, demonstrate financial need, exhibit strong personal character, and be committed to completing their education.

Contact

Foroutan Foundation Scholarships
18101 Von Karman Avenue Suite 750
Irvine, CA 92612
(877) 968-6328
grants@foroutanfoundation.org

10. Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship

Deadline: February 20th

Through the Asian Pacific Fund, the Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship is distributed annually for up to $5,000 to first-generation immigrants or naturalized citizens of Asian and Pacific Islander descent who clearly showcase a passion for business. Qualified students must be incoming freshmen enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year U.S. college, reside in an approved county of California, earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, demonstrate financial need, and be actively involved in community service.

Contact

Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship
465 California Street Suite 809
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 395-9985
scholarship@asianpacificfund.org

11. Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 18th

Newly naturalized U.S. citizens of Greek descent who are between the ages of 17 and 25 can apply for financial support through the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund to lower the cost of tuition for undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited U.S. university. In order to be considered for $1,000 to $5,000 in funding, students must register, submit an online application, attach academic transcripts, provide proof of full-time enrollment, and send in tax forms.

Contact

Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund
823 Eleventh Avenue 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019
(212) 986-6881
HTSFUND@aol.com

12. Henry Salvatori General Scholarship

Deadline: February 28th

Sponsored by the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), the Henry Salvatori General Scholarship is available for $5,000 for U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens of Italian descent who are enrolling full-time within a four-year undergraduate or a graduate program at an accredited American institution. Along with an application, candidates must submit official transcripts, test scores, a current resume, two letters of recommendation, and a 750-word personal essay showing pride in their Italian heritage.

Contact

Henry Salvatori General Scholarship
219 E Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-2900
abeach@osia.org

13. John R. Mott Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: April 15th

In honor of an American immigrant, entrepreneur, and dreamer originally born in the mountain village of Serra d’Aiello, the John R. Mott Foundation has created a $10,000 scholarship that’s available for naturalized citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are native to the region of Calabria in Italy. Eligible recipients must be accepted to attend an accredited U.S. university and work towards a degree or professional certification starting this upcoming fall.

Contact

John R. Mott Foundation Scholarship
1860 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(703) 490-9930
info@mottscholarship.org
Scholarship Link

14. Jose Robles Dream Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 1st

Funded by the Catholic Community Foundation, the Jose Robles Dream Scholarship Fund will give $1,000 to $2,000 each year to Hispanic students who have immigrated to the United States as children and become naturalized citizens or permanent residents. Qualified applicants must currently live in Arizona, have graduated from high school, be accepted at an accredited post-secondary institution, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0, not qualify for in-state tuition, and demonstrate unmet financial need.

Contact

Jose Robles Dream Scholarship Fund
1404 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 696-6525
info@catholiccommunity.org

15. Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships

Deadline: January 15th

Ranging in value from $1,000 to $7,000 each, the Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships are available for naturalized U.S. citizens of Polish descent who are pursuing graduate studies in select states and major fields. Qualified candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, attend an accredited American graduate school, maintain full-time enrollment, exhibit financial need, show involvement in the Polish American community, and be motivated for success inside and outside the classroom.

Contact

Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 734-2130 ext. 210
Addy@thekf.org

16. Lebanese American Heritage Club Scholarships

Deadline: April 6th

Through the Lebanese American Heritage Club (LAHC), scholarships are awarded for $1,000 to $10,000 apiece annually for U.S. citizens of Lebanese or Arab descent who reside in Michigan and are enrolled full-time in an accredited post-secondary institution with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5. Special preference will be given to candidates who are majoring in political science, mass communications, journalism, and related fields as well as those who have not received a scholarship previously.

Contact

Lebanese American Heritage Club Scholarships
4337 Maple Street
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 846-8480
scholarship@lahc.org

17. Ludmila Smolyansky Empowerment Scholarship

Deadline: January 31st

In partnership with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) of Chicago, the Ludmila Smolyansky Empowerment Scholarship is delivered annually for $2,000 to empower a young woman to find passion in her career by exploring fields of study where women are typically underrepresented. Eligible recipients must be female U.S. naturalized citizens or permanent residents who immigrated from Russia, the Former Soviet Union, or Ukraine and are enrolling in a four-year undergraduate degree program.

Contact

Ludmila Smolyansky Empowerment Scholarship
216 West Jackson Street Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 357-4666
hiaschicago@jcfs.org

18. Mexican American Dream Scholarship

Deadline: October 17th

Newly naturalized citizens who immigrated from Mexico can receive the Mexican American Dream Scholarship to provide $500 for community college courses or $1,000 for attending a four-year university each year. Qualified applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited post-secondary institution, carry a minimum overall GPA of 2.8, demonstrate financial need, reside in select California counties, show pride in their Mexican heritage, and agree to volunteer at least 25 hours with the Council on Mexican American Federations (COFEM).

Contact

Mexican American Dream Scholarship
125 Paseo de La Plaza Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 417-8380
info@cofem.org

19. OCA-AXA Achievement Scholarship

Deadline: January 10th

Since 1993, the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) has partnered with AXA to deliver the Achievement Scholarship for $2,000 each year to ten Asian Pacific Americans who are entering their freshmen year of college in the upcoming fall. Eligible candidates must be U.S. naturalized citizens or permanent residents, carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, be dedicated to academic achievement, showcase leadership ability, apply for federal aid, and volunteer their service in the Chinese American community.

Contact

OCA-AXA Achievement Scholarship
1322 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-5500
oca@ocanational.org
Scholarship Link

20. Paul and Katherine Ohtaki Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

In honor of a successful businessman and his wife who were dedicated to the Nikkei community, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) has created the Paul and Katherine Ohtaki Memorial Scholarship to present $5,000 annually. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, be accepted full-time at a college or university in the United States, be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens of Japanese heritage, have student JACL membership, and demonstrate academic achievement.

Contact

Paul and Katherine Ohtaki Memorial Scholarship
6917 Town View Lane
San Diego, CA 92120
(415) 921-5225
tismail@jacl.org

21. Richard R. Tufenkian Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: July 31st

For $2,500 annually, the Richard R. Tufenkian Memorial Scholarship is granted by the Armenian Educational Foundation (AEF) to U.S. naturalized citizens or permanent residents originally from Armenia who are enrolling full-time in a two or four-year undergraduate degree program. To qualify, candidates must demonstrate financial need, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, be actively involved in the Armenian community, submit two reference letters, and write a personal essay on their hopes for living in America.

Contact

Richard R. Tufenkian Memorial Scholarship
600 West Broadway Suite 130
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 242-4154
aef@aefweb.org

22. Ruth C. Bailey Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th

At the Ohio State University, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has created the Ruth C. Bailey Endowed Scholarship to award $1,500 annually to three foreign-born naturalized American citizens who are enrolling in an undergraduate program. Eligible students must maintain full-time enrollment, attend the Columbus campus, demonstrate financial need, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and be involved in community service. Preference will be given to applicants who wish to study Italian culture.

Contact

Ruth C. Bailey Endowed Scholarship
154 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-0964
odi@osu.edu

23. SALEF Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st

Through the Salvadoran-American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), the Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship is given annually for $500 to $2,500 to naturalized citizens or permanent residents who immigrated to the United States from Central America. Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need, possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, reside in the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles Area, be attending an accredited higher learning institution, and be willing to complete 52 community service hours as a SALEF mentor.

Contact

SALEF Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship
1625 West Olympic Blvd. Suite 718
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 480-1052
ehilleprandt@salef.org

24. Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Deadline: November 1st

Annually, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides up to $90,000 in funding for newly naturalized citizens, green card holders, and first-generation immigrants hailing from around the globe who are advancing their career to receive a master’s or doctoral degree from a U.S. graduate school. Selection will be based on candidates’ accomplishments, creativity, originality, initiative, ability to overcome adversity, academic achievement, financial need, and immigration experience.

Contact

Soros Fellowships for New Americans
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 547-6926
pdsoros@sorosny.org
Scholarship Link

25. Western Union Family Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 25th

In partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), Western Union has created the Family Scholarship Program to provide university tuition to immigrant fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, or brothers and sisters seeking to move up the economic ladder through education. All applicants must be age 18 or older, be members of the same family, have lived in the United States for seven years or less, be currently living in America legally, be accepted at an accredited post-secondary school, and exhibit significant financial need.

Contact

Western Union Family Scholarship Program
1400 K Street NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 686-8652
wufoundation@iie.org

Earning a degree in post-secondary education is highly suggested for new citizens seeking to build a prosperous life in America with job stability, increased salary potential, and more independence. Even if money is tight, you’ll qualify for virtually any scholarship once you have received your Certificate of Citizenship. Plus, there’s these great scholarships for newly naturalized American citizens like you to help lower tuition expenses for your education.

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