Washington, DC – TheDream.US, the nation’s largest immigrant youth college access program, has announced the opening of its new round of scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. Organization’s expanded eligibility criteria open applications to DREAMers who have DACA, TPS, or who arrived in the country before November 1, 2015, and who otherwise meet the DACA eligibility criteria.
The new round of scholarships includes a focus on young immigrants from the Chicago area who are seeking a college education. Thanks to the support of local Chicago donors, TheDream.US has currently awarded more than 400 scholarships to Chicago DREAMers attending nine area partner universities: Arrupe College, Dominican University, Illinois College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lewis University, National Louis University, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, and University of Illinois Chicago.
According to Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US: “We are proud to be able to support motivated DREAMers in Chicago and across the United States who want to get a college education but are often unable to pay. President-elect Biden’s commitments to reestablish the DACA program and pass legislation that will give DREAMers a path to citizenship gives us hope that DREAMers will be able to stay in the country and contribute to our shared country. Until then, immigrant youth continue to face barriers to pursuing their higher education because they are not eligible for federal financial aid, have limited access to state aid, and are often required to pay tuition as out-of-state residents. With the opening of our scholarship round from 2021-22,
“I want to thank TheDream.US scholarship for helping make the dreams of our undocumented community college students of transferring to a four-year university come true,” said Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago, the city system of seven community colleges. “This scholarship is offering our inspiring students hope and a path to social mobility.”
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