For Immediate Release: January 15, 2021
Contact: Michael Earls: [email protected]
TheDream.US Announces New Partnership with Arkansas Tech University to Support Arkansas DREAMers’ Pursuit of Higher Education
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, has opened its new Scholarship round for the 2021-2022 academic year. 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 eligibility for Arkansas immigrant youth, who are now eligible to apply to the National Scholarship to attend Arkansas Tech University – TheDream.US’ first Partner College in Arkansas. The new partnership follows the passage of a state law in 2019 that makes Arkansas DREAMers with DACA eligible for in-state tuition rates at Arkansas’ universities and colleges.
The National Scholarship is for DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates attending Arkansas Tech University to earn a bachelor’s degree. The award is for tuition and fees of up to $33,000 total for a bachelor’s degree. The deadline for applications for the National Scholarship is February 25, 2021.
According to Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US: “We applaud the Arkansas legislature for extending in-state tuition to DREAMers with DACA. This opened the door for us to support highly motivated DREAMers in Arkansas in realizing their dream of a college education. We are grateful for the new partnership with Arkansas Tech University to provide Arkansas DREAMers this opportunity.”
According to Arkansas Tech University President Robin Bowen, “Arkansas Tech University is grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with TheDream.US. Student access and success are central to our mission as an institution. This partnership helps the university by further advancing these key efforts. We look forward to joining this community of more than 70 universities and colleges around the nation to create college educational opportunities for Dreamers.”
- TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 6,500 college scholarships to DREAMers at more than 70 partner colleges in 16 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 prosperity.
- Read the September 2020 “In Their Own Words” survey report from TheDream.US detailing how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of 2,681 Scholars attending Partner Colleges in 17 states and Washington, DC. The survey found that while DREAMers and their families’ economic and health security have been greatly diminished by the pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the future of DACA, DREAMers remain focused on completing college, giving back to their communities, and ambitiously pursuing their post-college goals.