Pupusas for Education Scholarship Application

Pupusas for Education is a non-profit committed to supporting undocumented students pursuing higher education. Through last dollar scholarships, we hope to support undocumented students through the financial barriers that exist which impede them from attending college. We aim to address the opportunity gap undocumented students may experience through providing mentorship, financial aid and guidance so they can successfully complete college.

Our scholarship will be awarded annually to two high school seniors who will graduate in the spring semester and plan to enroll in a 2-year or 4-year institution in the fall. The recipients of the scholarship will receive $1,000 per year for the duration of their program (contingent upon meeting yearly eligibility requirements). You can learn more about our organization at pupusas4education.com

We are thankful for the financial support we receive from So Good Pupusas, our partner for-profit company. You can learn more about them at www.sogoodpupusas.com

Email address *
Selection Criteria
In order to qualify as a recipient of the scholarship, the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

Applicant must currently be a graduating senior in high school
Applicant must be a resident of the state of North Carolina
Applicant must currently reside in either Wake, Durham, or Orange County
Applicant must have at least one acceptance to a 2-year or 4-year college institution and plan to attend in the fall*
Applicant must have a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0
Applicant must identify as undocumented or DACAmented**

*Possibility for deferral for one year under certain circumstances (gap year, family emergency)
**All information will be kept confidential

March 31st, 2019. All required and supplemental materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm.
Full Name *
Preferred Name
Place of Birth *
Date of Birth *
What county do you reside in? *
What is your mailing address? *
Contact Number *
Please provide the best phone number to contact you.
Active Email Address *
High School Attended *
High School Address *
High School Phone Number *
Colleges/Universities *
List the Colleges/Universities that have granted you admission. Please do not abbreviate (e.g. instead of UNC, please write The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
Approximately how large is the financial gap preventing you from attending college? *
Please upload your personal statement - PDF File *
Tip: Before writing your personal statement, consider "what are the most important characteristics and values, goals/ambitions, life experiences and service activities that define who I am?"
What would becoming a Pupusa Scholar mean to you? - PDF File *
Tell us about the first time you tried a pupusa. 250 words. *
Please upload your current resume - PDF File *
Please upload a copy of your unofficial transcript - PDF File *
Two Letters of Recommendation - PDF File *
At least one letter should be from an evaluator who knows your academic background (teacher/school faculty member). The other may come from someone who is not a family member and who knows you personally (church pastor/mentor/etc.). We ask that your recommender send their letter to pupusas4education@gmail.com. Additionally, please ensure that your recommender's names and email addresses are included in the letter.
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