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Immigration Law Associates Announces 2012 “Immigrants Aspire!” Scholarships

For over 20 years now, Immigration Law Associates through their educational outreach programs have helped foreign nationals identify the best options for achieving their immigration goals.  One of the primary reasons why individuals and families come to the United States is for educational opportunity.  For young immigrants, a college degree is the most important springboard to long-term success, not just for themselves, but for their entire families.  Yet financial concerns often stand in the way.

To help young immigrants unlock the door to their futures, Elizabeth Walder, Esp., with her attorneys and staff, is delighted to announce a scholarship essay competition with a grand prize of $2,000 and two runner-up prizes of $500.  The scholarship awards will be payable directly to each winning student’s college or university.  Winning essays will be posted in a special section on our website, and the winners and their families will be invited to a reception at our offices just north of Chicago.


Entrants must be graduating high school seniors residing in Illinois who will be entering an institution of higher education in the fall of 2012. The competition is open to those who immigrated themselves or with at least one parent or stepparent who immigrated to the U.S. In keeping with the Illinois DREAM Act, legal immigrant status is not required. Students who are naturalized U.S. citizens or were born in the U.S. with at least one immigrant parent are eligible.

Essay Topic and Length

Entrants must prepare an essay of 750-1000 words, in English, on the following topic:

If you could make one major change in the immigration laws, what would it be and why?