Scholarship for Undocumented Immigrants, SOL

The University of South Florida (Sarasota-Manatee) has recognized the value undocumented immigrants can bring to the school system, and society at large. That’s why they have created a scholarship for undocumented immigrants.

Status of Latinos (SOL)

The SOL scholarship was established by the USF Presidential Advisory Committee Status of Latinos. This renewable scholarship is for students of the university who are undocumented or whose parents are undocumented. (For the purposes of this scholarship undocumented shall mean residing in the U.S. without an official immigration status.)

Scholarship criteria

full or part-time, all academic levels, pursuing all majors, in all colleges, on all campuses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA. This scholarship is renewable up to 8 semesters and is restricted to students who are the first generation in their family to attend college.  Strong consideration will be given to students who are fluent in Spanish.


To apply please submit the following:

  1. Complete application in STARS for 2016-17 here: (after November 15, 2015).
  2. An essay (no more than 2 pages) that provides the following information: 
    Riverview High SchoolRiverview High School
    In the background, Alix Giannini (Director of Counseling Services at Riverview) and Deb Piner (College and Career Advisor); in the forefront, community partners from Keiser University and the Sarasota County Government Human Services Program.Wendy Barroso (UnidosNow) assisting a student and his Spanish-speaking father fill out the FAFSA application.
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    Evan Jones (Selby Foundation), Hector Tejeda (UnidosNow) and Deb Piner (College and Career Advisor, Riverview High).Evan Jones (Selby Foundation) giving overview of how to apply for local scholarships.
  3. Student Resume- list of jobs, community/volunteer work, any achievements from high school to present day.