Marvin Law office scholarship winner 2018
“As an undocumented person in this country, life has not been simple. Pursuing a post-secondary education has definitely been a challenge. I remember the day I received my acceptance letter from so many universities but with the lack of funding, I decided to attend Grand Rapids Community College! At GRCC I learned to become more outspoken because I was surrounded by people in the same situation as I was in. We learned to advocate for ourselves and others which lead me to transfer to the University of Michigan after obtaining my associate degree. This spring, I will be graduating with a Sociology degree at the University of Michigan!!! I plan to pursue a Masters in Social Work and Public Policy to become an agent of change.
I was able to fund my education thanks to private scholarships like the one from Marvin Law Office, PC. I am thankful that the Marvin Law Office, PC has taken the initiative to support students financially. I encourage other offices to rise up to the plate and provide financial support to DACAmented/undocumented students. I am undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic! I know that no label can stop me from attaining my goals. Who do you want to be?"
-Daniel Lopez, Marvin Law Office Scholarship Winner 2018
Anyone who has been previously approved for DACA who are currently enrolled (full or part-time) in an accredited college or university in the current academic year in which the award is granted are eligible for this scholarship. Preference will be given to students in Grand Rapids, MI and surrounding communities. Recipients must show evidence of enrollment in school for the current or upcoming semester.
Current and former DACA beneficiaries are those who came to the United States as children and, after meeting several requirements, have been granted prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against them for a certain period of time and are eligible for work authorization.
To apply for this award, students must complete an application (printed or online), provide proof of enrollment and write a short essay. Applicants can make their submissions online or by mail. All documents must be submitted by Monday, April 8, 2019.
The essay should explain what growing up in the United States was like and how being an American is important to you. If submitting the application via mail, the essay must be written with a word processor and be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Please include your full name, email address and phone number on the front page of your work.