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TheDream.US College Scholarship Round Open for Arizona Immigrant Youth

For Immediate Release: January 22, 2021

Contact: Michael Earls: [email protected] 

 

TheDream.US College Scholarship Round Open for Arizona Immigrant Youth

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 a focus on Arizona immigrant youth in their pursuit of a college education. In recent years, TheDream.US has awarded more than 380 scholarships to Arizona DREAMers and paid over $6M scholarship awards. The National Scholarship supports Arizona DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates to attend one of four Partner Colleges in the state: Arizona State University, Arizona State University Online, Grand Canyon University, and Benedictine University – Mesa. The deadline for applications for the National Scholarship is February 25, 2021.

According to Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US: “We are proud to support highly motivated DREAMers in Arizona and across America who are often unable to afford a college education. President Biden reinstated the DACA program and is pursuing legislation that will provide DREAMers with a path to citizenship, developments that give us hope that DREAMers will be able to stay and contribute to our shared country. Until then, immigrant youth continue to face barriers in accessing college because they are ineligible for federal financial aid and face higher in-state tuition rates. With the opening of our 2021-22 Scholarship round, we want to thank our Partner Colleges in Arizona and across America for helping immigrant youth have the opportunity to pursue their dream of a college education and meaningful career.”

Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow stated, “We provide quality education to all students capable of performing university-level work because finding, fostering and empowering talented thinkers is our responsibility. We welcome DREAMers and support their success because they have earned the opportunity to learn and because, without question, the social, economic and cultural health of our nation rests on the fully realized potential of every learner America has. We thank TheDream.US for helping DREAMers in Arizona and beyond to achieve their aspirations.”

According to Maria Lopez Figueroa, a first year TheDream.US Scholar attending Grand Canyon University, “Getting a college degree means that I can fulfill my purpose in life and give my future family a better life. It also gives me an opportunity to make a difference in my community. I see the hurt and injustice in my neighborhood and I want to make a difference. If it wasn’t for TheDream.US scholarship I would not be in school right now. They have made school possible for me and I cannot thank them enough.”

For more information on eligibility and how to apply for a TheDream.US scholarship, visit https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/national-scholarship/ 

 

About TheDream.US

  • 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 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.
  • 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.

TheDream.US National Scholarship Applications are still open. The deadline to apply is Feb 29, 2024.

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