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Without Borders Scholarship

Now Accepting Applications for the Spring 2025 Semester!

As a full-service law firm, we understand how important it is for individuals and families, especially those in the immigrant community, to have access to quality legal guidance.

The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC is proud to offer our Dreams Without Borders Scholarship, worth $1,000, to law students from immigrant families who are as committed as we are to making meaningful contributions to immigration law and policy.

Our scholarship will provide financial assistance to cover tuition, books, and other educational expenses, allowing recipients to focus on their studies and lessen their financial burdens. If you have any questions about this exciting scholarship opportunity, contact our scholarship team by email at


Application Deadline 12/16/2024

Applicant Criteria

To be an eligible candidate for our Spring 2025 Dreams Without Borders Scholarship, you must:

  • Come from an immigrant family
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record, maintaining a 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Be enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States for the Spring 2025 semester
  • Be at least 17 years of age or older
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient

Application Process

If you meet the above criteria, you can move on to the next step. The list of required materials applicants must submit is as follows: proof of enrollment at an accredited law school for the Spring 2025 semester (accepted options may include an acceptance letter, letter of enrollment, class schedule, etc), contact information, and an essay or video submission.

Students are asked to provide either a 500-word essay or a two-minute video essay answering this prompt:

What areas of immigration law do you feel could be improved? How would these improvements positively affect the lives of immigrants interested in coming to America?

Winner Selection Process

After the deadline, our scholarship team will spend approximately four weeks reviewing applications and seeing which applicant is the best fit for this award. We will determine a winner by considering the following:

  • The student effectively describes their personal experiences as part of an immigrant family and how those experiences have shaped their perspectives and motivations.
  • The student's application connects their personal and academic journey to their dedication to immigration law and policy.
  • The student possesses a clear and realistic plan to make a positive impact on immigrant policy and communities.

Get in Touch with Our Scholarship Team

We encourage students with questions about our Dreams Without
Borders Scholarship to contact

In addition, we kindly ask all applicants to apply as soon as possible. This will give our team enough time to respond to any questions applicants may have. Please also understand that scholarship questions can only be responded to via email. We ask all applicants not to reach out through our contact form or by phone.

Scholarship Application

The Dreams Without Borders Scholarship is managed through the OVC Scholarship Network.

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