For Immediate Release: January 26, 2021
Contact: Michael Earls: [email protected]
Application Deadline Approaching: TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship for Immigrant Youth in “Locked Out” States
Thursday January 28 is last day for Opportunity Scholarship applications; visit https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/opportunity-scholarship/ for information
Washington, DC – Thursday, January 28 is the final day of applications for TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, has expanded eligibility criteria, opening applications to DREAMers who have DACA, TPS or who came to the country before November 1, 2015 and otherwise meet the DACA eligibility criteria.
The Opportunity Scholarship is for immigrant youth who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot access in-state tuition. It provides up to $80,000 to cover tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and meals for a bachelor’s degree at one of four out-of-state colleges which are dedicated to supporting the higher education needs of DREAMers: Christian Brothers University in Tennessee, Delaware State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. The deadline for applications for the Opportunity Scholarship is January 28, 2021 – this Thursday (see more here).
According to Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US: “Now is the time for DREAMers to go to college. With DACA solidly in place and the potential for legislation that would provide DREAMers with permanent residency, a college education is key to pursuing a meaningful career that will help them contribute to the future of our country. Both TheDream.US and our Partner Colleges are committed to supporting these highly motivated students from locked-out states in their college and career success.”
LatinxEd, a North Carolina organization that helps immigrant families and first-generation college students access higher education, recently welcomed five current TheDream.US Opportunity Scholars to join a panel discussion for undocumented high school students in the state. The Opportunity Scholars shared stories about the supportive communities they have found at their universities and encouraged students in locked-out states such as NC to apply. As one LatinxEd advisor said, “It was comforting to me to hear that the Opportunity Scholars feel supported by the program beyond the financial support and that, despite their initial fears or misgivings about leaving the state, they have overcome them and are flourishing.”
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 6,500 college scholarships to DREAMers attending over 75 partner colleges in 19 states and Washington, DC. We believe that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s future.