America is a nation of immigrants, and much of our growth can be attributed to those born elsewhere. Immigrants start companies, innovate, and create jobs at significantly greater rates than the rest of the U.S. workforce, accounting for 15% of the workforce but 25% of entrepreneurs and 25% of patent-holding inventors. A different report showed that 71% of the tech workforce in Silicon Valley is foreign born!
We certainly need to continue the national discussion around the desired nature and proper amount of U.S. immigration. That being said, immigrants are a self-selecting group of people that are willing to jump over the hurdles associated with relocating; they are typically prepared to put in the hard work required to improve their family's prospects. Coming to America is often tremendously beneficial for the immigrants themselves, but it yields enormous benefits for our country as well.
This scholarship is open to any high school student who immigrated to the United States on or after January 1, 2010 and plans to live & work here.