Social Justice Scholarship

For students with demonstrated activities or community involvement in social justice efforts that address immigrant issues.

Scholarship Amount

Up to $12,000 (paid over six years, provided renewal eligibility requirements are met)

Number of Scholarships

Up to 10 awards (a combination of one-time and renewable scholarships will be awarded)


This scholarship was established by a Menlo Atherton graduate who is passionate about supporting immigrants as a social justice effort. She established this program in 2004 in honor of her Godmother, Julia Villarroel, who is a Bolivian immigrant and dedicated her life to working hard and loving her children here in the United States. The scholarship is intended to support students who express passion and demonstrate involvement in activities towards social justice causes, especially in support of immigrants, are immigrants themselves, or are from immigrant families.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current graduating senior of a school in the Sequoia Union High School District or East Side College Preparatory in East Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Planning to enroll in a two- or four-year college or university on a full- or part-time basis (minimum of 6 units required)
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice issues and desire to continue to be involved in social justice efforts during college. Examples of demonstrated interest include community service, school activities, and leadership opportunities taken over their high school career
  • Preferred applicants will have a demonstrated interest in immigrant-oriented social justice and/or are an immigrant themselves and/or were raised in a first-generation immigrant family
  • Minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrated financial hardship
  • Non-US citizens and undocumented students are eligible and encouraged to apply


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Complete applications are due March 19, 2021 at midnight.