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We provide higher education opportunities to Mexican and Central American young people residing in the United States in a vulnerable situation, so that they can pursue their studies at the Universidad de Monterrey.


Who can apply for this scholarship?

Young (male and female) migrants from Mexico and Central America who cannot pursue college education in the United States after completing high school because of their legal status or political or economic problems and who are willing to return to Mexico, pursue a university degree at UDEM, and live in Monterrey.

You can apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are Mexican by birth or born in any of the following Central American countries: Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
  • You are 17 – 25 years old.
  • You are in a legal, political, or economic situation that prevents you from pursuing/continuing university studies in the United States.
  • You have verifiable financial needs.

What are the benefits?

  • Scholarship in accordance with results of financial-needs study, covering up to 100% of cost of tuition.
  • Major medical insurance and property insurance.
  • Accommodation support in UDEM Residence Halls.
  • Mentoring and personalized advice for integration into the Universidad de Monterrey.
  • Mentoring by tutor along the course of study for counseling and monitoring of student’s academic and social performance.
  • Percentage of tuition coverage is maintained for bilateral internationalization programs.

If you are a suitable candidate, how can you apply?

  • Comply with requirements for new students:
    • Submit the application for admission, form duly filled and signed to the Student Attraction Department) promoter.
    • Obtain a minimum score of 1,200 points to enter UDEM and at least 450 points in one of the areas (except for the degrees in Medicine, Surgery, and Midwifery, and Dental Surgery, for which are required at least 550 points in the verbal area and 600 points in mathematics) or SAT/ACT equivalencies.
    • Have a minimum average grade of 85 or equivalent in high school.
    • Take the TOEFL exam (for the degrees in Medicine, Surgery, and Midwifery​ it is required to present proof of score obtained).
  • Follow UDEM’s Application for Financial Support process:
  • Turn in two essays:​​​​
    a) Tell your story as a dreamer (where did you come from, what did you do, how did you get to the United States, how many years have you been there, what studies or jobs have you done, why can not you continue your studies in that country) (750 words).

    b) Explain why you need the support of the scholarship, what you have done to get it and where you would like to get personally and professionally (750 words).

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  • Submit the Migratory Commitment Letter Form​.
  • Fill in the Confidential Reference Form.
  • Submit the data use authorization form.
  • Submit the image use authorization form.​
  • Print out the checklist form (to be completed by the Center for Information Services and Student Services).
  • Take the psycho pedagogical profile, psychometric, and vocational guidance tests, and other specific tests required.​
  • Be available for a possible interview with Selection Committee members.
  • Once you have been notified that you are a scholarship recipient, come over to sign the letter of commitment.

*If necessary, the beneficiary must request the University of Monterrey support to reinforce the Spanish language.

What is the process?

Step 1. Submit documentation

If you are a Mexican by birth:

  • Submit the application for admission, duly filled and signed at the Office for New Students.
  • A copy of original birth certificate, issued in the current year.
  • A copy of CURP.
  • A copy of official i.d. of applicant (INE card, passport).
  • A copy of official i.d. of payer of tuition (INE card, passport).
  • A copy of proof of address (issued within three months of current date, only water, electricity, and telephone bills will be accepted).
  • Four recent black-and-white photographs (2.5 X 3.0 cm, 1” X 1 ¼”), no snapshots, with name on the back.
  • Original high school diploma or original certificate of recognition of high school education; or official certificate of incomplete university studies.
  • Submit the following document, duly signed: Terms and Conditions for Admission and Permanence in the Universidad de Monterrey.
  • If you have pursued studies abroad, submit the corresponding transcripts (10th for first and second semester, 11th for the third and fourth semesters, and 12th for the fifth and sixth semesters).
  • If applicable, Certificate of Recognition of High School Education or Equivalency (the interested party should process this certificate with the SEP).
  • Clean criminal record certificate.

The following original documents should be submitted at the time of final registration:

  • A copy of original birth certificate, issued in the current year.
  • Authenticated original high school certificate.

If you are a foreigner:

  • A copy of birth certificate issued this year.
  • Certificate or Transcript of grades 7th through 12th.
  • College or University* Transcript.
  • High School* Diploma.
  • Submit copy of Migratory Form (FM3).
  • Submit copy of CURP.
  • Four black-and-white photographs (5x4 cm, 1.97” X 1.57”) with name on the back (no snapshots).
  • Take and pass the entrance examination, and the College Board Prueba de Aptitud Académica (we accept certificates of results from other institutions, both of the PAA and of the SAT/ACT).
  • Clean criminal record certificate.

You should submit photographs, recent copy of original birth certificate, CURP, high school certificate, and certificate of recognition or equivalence as appropriate, within a period of 20 working days after the beginning of classes.

*This documents should be certified by the Department of Higher Education or bear an appostille from the Department for Certifications from the government of the state where you pursued your studies.

Step 2. Take entrance examination:

The required entrance exam is the Prueba de Aptitud Académica (PAA), which measures aptitudes in the verbal and mathematical areas.

The minimal score required to enter UDEM is 1,200 points and at least 450 points in one of the areas (except for the degrees in Medicine, Surgery, and Midwifery, and Dental Surgery, for which are required at least 550 points in the verbal area and 600 points in mathematics).

There are opportunities to pass the PAA. If the student does not pass on the first sitting, he/she will have to wait for at least one month to take the exam again.

Paso 2.1. PAA in other institutions

If the exam was taken at a different institution, it will be considered to be valid upon submission of official document mentioning score obtained in each one of the areas as well as the overall score. Validity is one year. SAT results will be accepted if the original report is submitted and the minimum score required, equivalent to the PAA, was obtained.

Once the documentation included in step 1 has been submitted and you have passed the entrance examination (step 2), you should proceed with the financial support process.

Step 2.2. Application for Financial Support

Step 3. Submit Essays and Confidential Reference Form

Turn in two essays as an answer to the following rubrics:

  • Tell us your story
  • Why do you require scholarship support?

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Confidential Reference Form

  • The form should be completed completed by two people who can confirm that you are a reliable, honest student; that you have devoted part of your time to activities in favor of society; and that you have the qualities necessary to be a scholarship recipient.*

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    *It is suggested that the people giving the reference should be faculty, leaders of an association, bosses, or people in positions of authority who can vouch for the information provided.

Step 4. Interview

You should be available for a possible interview with Selection Committee members.

If you are selected as one of the finalists, you will be advised and you will proceed to complete step 5.

Step 5. Submit letters of acceptance of scholarship and complete class schedule

  • Sign and submit letter of acceptance.
  • In order to define class schedule, the promoter will assist you in requesting an appointment with the director of your Academic program for counseling.

Step 6. Attend the Gente UDEM initiation event

What must you do to maintain your scholarship?

  • Maintain a minimum academic average of 85 throughout the semesters.
  • Carry a full academic load during the semester.
  • Pass all courses taken in the semester.
  • Not to drop any courses during the semester.
  • Do work-study service.
  • Complete degree program in which he/she is enrolled.
  • Attend meetings with assigned tutors.
  • Participate in institutional events promoting social responsibility and the sense of belonging, such as Gente UDEM, Soy UDEM, Más Manos por tu Comunidad, to name a few.
  • Before the end of each semester, address a letter to your scholarship benefactor, mentioning the relevant learning and challenges of the semester taken.
  • Advise in writing of any favorable changes to your family’s financial situation.
  • Comply with UDEM’s regulations and statutes.