Washington, DC – TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, today offered an announcement that the deadline for applications for scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year has been extended to March 4th, 2021. The organization’s expanded eligibility criteria opens 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 new scholarship round includes a focus on Chicago-area immigrant youth in their pursuit of a college education. Thanks to the support of local Chicago donors, TheDream.US currently has awarded over 400 scholarships to Chicago DREAMers attending nine area Partner Colleges: Arrupe College of Loyola University, Dominican University, Illinois College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lewis University, National Louis University, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, and University of Illinois Chicago (community college graduates only). To learn more about the National Scholarship and how to apply before the March 4th, 2021 deadline, click here.
According to Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US: “Now is the time for immigrant youth 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 immigrant youth contribute to the future of our country. We want to thank our local Partner Colleges and donors for their support to help us ensure that Chicago-area immigrant youth have the opportunity to pursue their higher education and career dreams.”
“I want to thank TheDream.US scholarship for helping our undocumented community college students make their dreams of transferring to a four-year university a reality,” said Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago, the city’s system of seven community colleges. “This scholarship is offering our inspiring students hope and a real path to upward mobility.”
According to Greta Vasiliauskaite, a first year TheDream.US Scholar studying Civil Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology: “As a first generation student, obtaining a college degree will be valuable not only to me, but also my family. I will finally be able to help my mom who has struggled all of her life working multiple jobs and long hours. While working various jobs myself, I’ve realized how important it is to choose a career that I will truly enjoy. I look forward to being the first one to graduate college and to my future career in Civil Engineering!”
The deadline for applications for the National Scholarship is March 4th, 2021. Learn more here
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.