Beyond HB 1079

2018 Scholarship

We would love to introduce the 2018 Beyond Scholarships & 2018 Purple Group Scholarships.

These scholarships are released with the mission to support undocumented students in Washington State. Both organizations will be providing each 2 scholarships of $1,000. Please see more details below and read the instructions carefully. 

The scholarships will be awarded at the Beyond HB 1079 Conference at Yakima Valley Community College on March 3rd, 2018. If you are a recipient, attendance at the conference is required.

Beyond HB 1079 was founded by Yuriana Garcia in 2012 as a student leadership project at the University of Washington, Seattle. HB 1079 refers to the House Bill that passed in 2003 making college more accessible for undocumented students by allowing them to pay in-state tuition, signed into law by Governor Gary Locke on May 7th, 2003. The mission of Beyond HB 1079 is to open a safe space for undocumented students, parents, and educators. Their goals are to provide awareness, to inform our community of legislation, to provide beneficial resources, and to empower students. Today, the conference stands as a student-run endeavor with the goal of providing resources, and empowerment towards higher education in Washington State. The conference is a one-day event that consists of interactive workshops, panels, and group discussions.

Purple Group is a peer-support network of undocumented students at the University of Washington founded by undocumented student leaders in 2008. The group was founded with the mission to provide undocumented students a safe space for community building and a connecting point to resources, services, mentorship, and peer-support. Last year, Purple Group became a registered student organization, securing its place in the institution. Throughout the year, the members worked diligently raising funds, to be able to award a scholarship to a fellow undocumented peer.

Both organizations understand the challenges that come with being undocumented. With this scholarship, both seek to provide opportunities and empower undocumented students through educational and financial means.

Scholarship Eligibility & Requirements:

– Student identifies as undocumented
– Will attend college next academic year
– Open to undergraduate & graduate students
– Open to any major
– No GPA requirement
– Attendance at the Beyond HB 1079 Conference is required (The conference will take place at Yakima Valley Community College on March 3rd, 2018.)

Required Documents:

– Unofficial Transcript (If you are in high school, a high school transcript is fine.)
– One letter of recommendation (The letter of recommendation cannot be from a family member. Some recommended options include teachers, mentors, counselors, coaches, community members, etc)
Please upload these as attachments in section 3 of this application.

Essay Questions:

What are your educational and career plans? (100-250 words)
Tell us about your experience being undocumented. What are challenges that you have experienced and how have you been able to overcome them? (500-750 words)
Describe how you have demonstrated leadership, advocacy, or innovation. (300-500 words)

You cannot save your work so it is recommended that you gather all your documents and essay responses before beginning your application.

The deadline for this scholarship is January 31st. The scholarship will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you have any questions please contact

Thank you for applying!