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Ascend Educational Fund a nonprofit provides scholarships to high school seniors of immigrant backgrounds in New York City regardless of national origin, ethnicity and immigration status.

AEF will provide two-year or four-year college scholarships to promising immigrant students in New York City, who were either born outside the US or have two parents born outside the U.S., in the range of $2,500-$20,000. We have begun accepting scholarship applications online as of November 8, 2021, and the deadline is February 4, 2022.
Scholarship Criteria 
Students will be eligible for the scholarships if they:
- Were born outside the United States or have two parents born parents
- Will graduate from a high school in New York City Spring 2022
- Will enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university in 2022-2023
- Demonstrate qualities traditionally valued by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community 
Deadline: February 4, 2022
Finalists selected for an interview will be notified: April 18, 2021 
Interviews held: May 21-22, 2022, each finalist must attend in person for consideration.