Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students


My (Un)Documented Life is a blog whose mission is to post up-to-date information and resources for undocumented immigrants and to provide a sense of community to their diverse group of readers.

My (Un)Documented Life posts scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, ways for navigating the educational systems, information on how to apply for DACA/Advanced Parole, news on DAPA, and much more information.

Opportunities showcased on the blog with upcoming deadlines includes the UCLA Law School Fellows Program, for those who are pursuing top law programs and legal careers, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, for those who will be transferring to 4-year colleges, and the Public Policy and International Affairs Program, for those who are pursuing graduate degrees in public policy and international affairs.

To view other opportunities posted on the My (Un)Documented Life blog click HERE.

Futures Initiative Peer Mentors (06/03)


The Futures Initiative peer mentor program is a fantastic opportunity for students to get involved in initiatives aimed at developing diversity and social justice in higher education. Peer mentors help support students through their academic career in higher education by making students aware of campus resources and providing advice on how to solve problems that might arise during their academic journey.

During this process, peer mentors will develop skills in leadership, time management and problem solving all of which can be used in their future career. Students who complete the Futures Initiative Peer Mentoring Workshops will be able to facilitate peer mentoring program initiatives in their respective colleges.

All CUNY undergraduate students are welcome to apply

Applications are due on June 3, 2016, and Mentors will be notified of their selection by June 15.

To access the application which includes more information, click here

Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (Rolling deadline)


The McNair program at John Jay College, is looking for scholars who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree. The McNair program’s goal is to increase the amount of underrepresented students in graduate programs, with the ultimate goal of pursuing a PhD, through the use of creating and completing an original research project. Perks include:

  • Information about gradate school and admission requirements
  • Yearly stipend of $2,000
  • FREE GRE prep
  • Countless networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to travel out of state
  • A Faculty mentor in your discipline

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Genuine interest in pursuing a doctoral degree;
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency;
  • 3.0 or better grade point average;
  • Upper Sophomore or Junior rank (i.e., 60-75 credits completed);
  • Low-income background, first generation college student and/or a member of a group under represented in graduate education (especially African American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander).

Having a graduate degree creates more opportunities for career options along with an increased salary.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. That is, the McNair program will continue to admit scholars until all of their slots are filled. A compete application includes the application itself, two letters of recommendation and an unofficial transcript.

If you are interested, please visit the official page of the McNair program at John Jay which includes more information and the application itself, by clicking here


The Annual John Jay College Presidential Internship (5/06/16)


The annual John Jay College Presidential Internship is now accepting applications! The John Jay Presidential Internship will give students insight into the inner workings and management of a major educational institution. On top of the extensive experience interns will gain they will have a competitive and prestigious addition to their resume. This is a paid internship starting August 1, 2016 and ends May 31, 2017. Interns must work a minimum of 15 hours a week and a max of 20 hours.


Below are some general responsibilities:

  •  Conducting extensive online research and analysis of documents
  •  Drafting letters, memos, and concept papers
  •  Editing speeches and publications
  •  Creating and maintaining databases, power point presentations, and promotional
  • materials
  •  Attending meetings and events with the President and networking with stakeholders
  •  Coordinating events and conferences
  •  General administrative duties


Eligibility Requirements:

  •  Junior or senior at internship start (August 1st)
  •  GPA of 3.2 or higher
  •  Excellent research skills
  •  Ability to analyze and synthesize texts
  •  Ability to articulate viewpoints and present information concisely and accurately
  •  Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  •  Strong background in writing and editing
  •  Computer literacy, particularly Microsoft Office applications (word, excel, power point)
  •  Interest in public policy and governmental affairs
  •  Ability to multitask and set priorities


APPLY BY: May 6, 2016

To learn more about this opportunity visit:

Become a SASP Peer Success Coach! (3/11/16)


SASP Peer Success Coaches are successful John Jay students who provide guidance and support to freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students in SASP programs (e.g., Adelante, Early Start, Transfer Seminars). They work closely with faculty and staff to ensure that students have a meaningful, successful, and fun Academic Journey!


  • Help students succeed at John Jay
  • Develop and improve professional skills
  • Join a high-achieving and supportive team of colleagues
  • Gain access to networking opportunities and recommendation letters
  • Receive priority registration
  • Earn academic credit
  • Earn money while working on campus–$11/hour


  • Full-time John Jay student
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Available to work at least 10 hours per week between 8am–5:30pm during the semester
  • Available to complete the Peer Success Coach Training Courses: CSL 210 and CSL 211
  • Ability to attend all trainings and staff meetings


Contact the Associate Director for Student Success Initiatives, Nancy Yang, at