Scholarships to Eligible Individuals for DACA Renewal Fees


El Centro de la Raza will administer DACA scholarship funds starting August 13, 2020. As funds are limited, this service is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarship funds are available to individuals who have or previously had DACA status, have completed a DACA renewal application, and who reside in Seattle or work in Seattle or go to school in Seattle. Scholarship applicants must come to El Centro de la Raza with a completed scholarship application form and a completed DACA renewal application.


Applicant Requirements:

– Must reside, study, or work in Seattle.
– Must bring the DACA renewal application completed.
– No minimum or maximum level of income is required.
– Must be renewing DACA status.

We encourage you to renew even if you are outside of the 180-day window.

DACA Scholarship Application Process:

All scholarship application materials are the property of El Centro de la Raza. Below we outline the steps for the scholarship application process:

1. Scholarship applicants can schedule appointments either online or by phone at (206) 957-4605. These virtual or phone appointments are 30-minutes only.
2. Scholarship applicants must share with El Centro de la Raza their scholarship application form (PDF or Word) and completed renewal form in advance of their virtual or phone appointment.
3. Staff will review the applicant’s scholarship form and ensure the eligibility criteria are met.
4. If the applicant’s scholarship form meets the criteria, then El Centro de la Raza staff will proceed to review the DACA form.
5. Staff will approve applicants’ scholarship forms and verify how the check will be received whether by mail or in-person pick-up at our office.

Resources:

Click for the scholarship application here (PDF or Word), DACA forms, and a list of other free DACA renewal clinics. To speak with an El Centro de la Raza staff person, contact Dulce via email at dgvasquez@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4605. Our operating hours at the Beacon Hill location are 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The location address is 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144.

King County Bar Association’s free Legal Consultations offers a clinic on August 31st where you can get your completed DACA renewal application and have it reviewed by an attorney before you submit. Sign up here.

This scholarship fund to cover DACA renewal fees is made possible by the City of Seattle.

“The Seattle community has long led the way on supporting immigrants and immigrant communities,” says El Centro executive director Estela Ortega. “From the 1970s when my late husband and Seattle ‘Amigo’ Roberto Maestas led the occupation of the old Beacon Hill School to today with El Centro now providing affordable housing and community services, immigrants have always been what makes America great.”

To learn more, applicants can contact Dulce Gutierrez Vasquez at dgvasquez@elcentrodelaraza.org or (206) 957-4605.