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Golden Doors Scholars program comes back to help undocumented students for second year

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The Golden Door Scholars program for undocumented immigrant students in North and South Carolina is coming back for a second year.

Applications for the scholarships are being taken at www.goldendoorscholars.org. The deadline is Nov. 1, and only undocumented students in the Carolinas are eligible.

It’s estimated that North Carolina has more than 35,000 undocumented students throughout its primary and secondary school system. None is eligible for state financial aid or in-state tuition rates. As a result, 5 to 10 percent of undocumented high school students in North Carolina will attend college.

The Golden Door Scholars program focuses specifically on high-performing undocumented students.

Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias supplied most of the money for the 13 scholarships awarded last year, by partnering with colleges and universities in the Carolinas for breaks on tuition costs. This year, Elias is hoping to encourage others to help the nonprofit, and has offered to match as much as $1 million in donations until Jan. 1. Donations can be made also on the Golden Door Scholars website.

This is the second year for the program, which attracted 500 applicants last fall.

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