For Immediate Release: November 1, 2019
Contact: Julia Holladay at [email protected]
TheDream.US Announces Opening of New Scholarship Round and Broader Eligibility Criteria for DREAMers Seeking a College Education
Washington, DC – TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, today announced the opening of its new Scholarship round for the 2020-2021 academic year. In recognition of DREAMers’ evolving needs, the new scholarship round includes broader eligibility criteria, opening applications to immigrant youth who came to the U.S. before November 1, 2014. For more information on the new eligibility criteria and scholarship application process, click here.
According to Candy Marshall, President, “Despite the uncertainty surrounding their own futures due to the precarious state of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs, DREAMers continue to push forward to obtain a college education and apply their talents, skills, and energy toward this country and their communities. Each year, approximately 98,000 undocumented immigrant youth graduate high school. At TheDream.US, we want to support these DREAMers in their quest for a college education. Toward that end, we are expanding our eligibility criteria to better meet their needs.”
TheDream.US partners with more than 70 Partner Colleges in 16 States and Washington, D.C. – all committed to serving and graduating DREAMers. TheDream.US offers two types of scholarships, dependent on where the applicant lives. The National Scholarship is for high school or community college graduates in states that have in-state tuition for DREAMErs (or Partner Colleges that will help close the gap). This year, TheDream.US has added a new National Partner College – University of South Florida. See the current list of Partner Colleges here. The Opportunity Scholarship is for students who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot get in-state tuition.
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 5,000 college scholarships to DREAMers at more than 70 partner colleges in 16 states and Washington, DC. The organization believes that all young people, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and contribute to the country that they call home.
- Read through TheDream.US Scholar story-bank, featuring powerful personal reflections from Scholars about their lives, journeys, and future goals here
- In Spring 2019, TheDream.US celebrated the graduation of more than 300 Scholars from partner colleges across the country. Watch a video featuring TheDream.US spring 2019 college graduates: here
- This 2019-2020 academic year, TheDream.US provided scholarships for nearly 1,000 DREAMers across the country. A recent story in NBC News, “A scholarship program makes college a reality for undocumented students,” highlights this new class of TheDream.US Scholars, including Lily Alvarado of Georgia and Jorge from Texas.