step ahead scholarship


In 2016, immigrants made up 13.5% of the United States’ total population.

Additionally, immigrants and their children account for 27% of the overall U.S. population: 86.4 million people.

The contributions immigrants have made to our country are incalculable. Since the birth of America, immigrants paved the way, and that precedent remains today.

However, immigrants do not always receive the credit or support they deserve in our society. Immigrants and their children often find themselves a few steps behind the rest of the population due to many things, ranging anywhere from financial struggles to educational setbacks. Many immigrant doctors are unlicensed in America, rendering them unable to practice, while other workers and student do not speak English well enough to succeed in American schools.

Simer & Tetens’ “Step Ahead” Scholarship

In an effort to give an immigrant or an immigrant’s child a step ahead in school, the Law Office of Simer & Tetens is offering a $1,500 scholarship to students.


We are asking students to write an essay of at least 500 words detailing their story as an immigrant or child of an immigrant. In particular, the student will relay the difficulties or prejudice that they have experienced as an immigrant or child of an immigrant and how they plan to secure their future in America through education.

Students are encouraged to artfully tell their story and explain how they plan on combatting prejudice towards immigrants in the future.

Eligibility Rules

Applicants must be students currently enrolled in a college, trade school, or university as of the start of the spring/winter 2019 semester.

The essay must be submitted by December 1, 2018. The winner will be selected by December 15, 2018.

How to Apply

Send your essay to by December 1, 2018.

Apply today!