For Immediate Release: February xx, 2021
Contact: Michael Earls: [email protected]
Deadline This Week for South Florida Immigrant Youth to Apply for TheDream.US College Scholarship
Visit https://thedream.us/scholarships/national-scholarship/ for Application Information
Washington, DC – TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, today offered a reminder that the deadline for applications for scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year closes on February 25, 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 South Florida immigrant youth in their pursuit of a college education. The National Scholarship supports Florida DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates to attend one of eight Partner Colleges in the state: Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Palm Beach State College, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and Valencia College. In recent years, TheDream.US has awarded more than 870 scholarships to Florida DREAMers and paid over $12.5M in awards. The deadline for applications for the National Scholarship is February 25, 2021 (learn more 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 in South Florida and across America contribute to the future of our country. We want to thank our Partner Colleges in Florida and across America for helping immigrant youth have the opportunity to pursue their higher education and career dreams.”
Cesia Bulnes, a graduate of Florida International University (FIU) with a degree in Computer Science, now works as a Program Manager at Microsoft and is just one example of how TheDream.US can support Florida immigrant youth: As Cesia stated, “Early in my college journey at Florida International University, I found my passion for computer science when I served as the Director of Mangohacks – a 36-hour hackathon. I graduated with a B.S. in computer science and I am now working at Microsoft as a program manager leading a team of engineers working on the Microsoft Teams product” (watch an award winning FIU video HERE about Cesia and the university’s support for DREAMers).
The deadline for applications for the National Scholarship is February 25, 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.