Application Information

Migration Heritage Foundation offers non-renewable Heritage Literacy Stipends of up to $50 to support minors enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, summer and after-school or other educational-related programs.  Applicants must submit the application by May 1 for summer programs or August 1 for after-school or other programs.  Stipends are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as funds are available.

Applicant Eligibility 

Stipend applicants must be parents or guardians who are U.S residents, age 18 or above who submit an application on behalf of the minor in their charge.  The following documents should be submitted with the stipend application:

1.    Verification of needy status with ONLY ONE of the following items:

a.    A copy of notice verifying eligibility for reduced-rate meals, food stamps or summer feeding program; or

b.    A copy of the parent/guardian’s income tax return for the previous year to verify household income below the poverty level. (Visit for more information about the poverty level). Note:  If an income tax return is provided, please remove all identifying information such as date of birth and first five digits of social security number.

2.    A Heritage Essay, written by minors age 8 and above. The essay should be titled ”My (your nationality) My American Dream.” For example, if the applicant’s nationality is Chinese, the essay should be titled ”My Chinese Heritage, My American Dream."   Minors Age 7 and under  should submit a Heritage Worksheet (visit and click on stipend information for worksheet).

3.    Proof of application for, admission to, or attendance in a summer or after-school program anywhere in the U.S. This proof may includes a receipt for enrollment fee or other payment verification.

*Note:  If awarded the stipend, the parent/guardian to whom the check is made payable will be asked to submit a recent photo of the minor or the parent or guardian.   The photo will be used for future fund-raising. Submission of the photo is considered permission to publicize. 

* 1. Parent/Guardian Identifying Information

* 2. Residency Status

* 3. Minor's Identifying Information

* 4. Describe in the space below how the funds will be used to support the minor.

* 5. Optional Identifying Information for Minor (Note:  The following information is  optional.  If provided, it is used when we generate post award report and in no way affects decisions to make awards).  Answer all that apply.

The stipend will be used for a minor who is:

* 6. Describe below how you helped, or ensured that the minor prepared his/her Heritage Essay or Worksheet.

* 7. Applicant Signature:  Sign below by typing  the name of the person completing this form. By doing so, you are certifying that the information provided is correct to the best of your knowledge.

* 8. Please click the DONE button to submit the COMPLETED APPLICATION. Mail PROOF OF NEED, PROOF OF PROGRAM ENROLLMENT, and the HERITAGE ESSAY or WORKSHEET to Migration Heritage Foundation/Stipends, P.O. Box 247, Durant, MS 39063 or e-mail documents to

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