If You Serve DREAMers, Don’t Miss These Scholarships

December 3, 2018

By Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations

Each year, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools, but only 5 to 10 percent enroll in college. 

Undocumented students face serious financial challenges in affording postsecondary education. Because of their immigration status, they have no access to federal student aid, limited access to state aid, and sometimes face paying out-of-state tuition in the states where they have grown up and graduated from high school. 

If your organization assists undocumented students, please be sure to learn about the generous scholarships available from TheDream.US, which have upcoming deadlines in January and February. 

Since its founding in 2014, TheDream.US has supported almost 3,000 students and paid more than $34 million in scholarships. To date, students have an impressive graduation or persistence rate of 87 percent and have earned an average 3.2 GPA. More than 75 colleges have signed on as partners.  

TheDream.US offers two scholarships, depending on a student’s state of residence.  

The National Scholarship is for high school or community college students who have DACA, TPS, or are DACA-eligible. This scholarship covers tuition and fees up to a maximum of $14,500 for an associate degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree at one of the 75-plus colleges and universities TheDream.US partners with. Some recipients of the scholarship also receive an additional stipend of up to $4,000 (or $1,000 per year) for books, supplies, and transportation. The deadline for this scholarship is February 28, 2019. 

The Opportunity Scholarship is for high school or community college immigrant youth who live in states where they effectively have no access to college, either because they face paying out-of-state tuition or because their state will simply not admit them into its universities. Students also must have DACA, TPS, or be DACA-eligible. There are 14 states that are considered locked-out states (AK, AR, GA, IN, IA, LA, MS, MO, NC, ND, SC, SD, WV, and WI). The Opportunity Scholarship covers tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and meals at one of five partner colleges up to a maximum of $80,000 for a bachelor’s degree. (The partner colleges are Christian Brothers University, Delaware State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Trinity Washington University (Women’s College), and Western Oregon University.) The deadline for this scholarship is January 31, 2019.

Maria Trevino-Rodriguez, a scholarship recipient attending the University of Houston while working full time said, “TheDream.US not only financially supported my aspiration to pursue a higher education when my family was struggling to make ends meet, but also serves as a support network that consistently works to bridge the gaps that allow bright, undocumented students to fall through the cracks in our educational system. Undocumented students are the next generation of engineers, surgeons, teachers, and lawyers and TheDream.US is making sure that those who are aspiring to become professional leaders are capable of doing so." 

For more information about TheDream.US scholarship recipients, see this October 2018 report highlighting their academic successes, day-to-day challenges, and recommendations about how colleges, policymakers, and everyday Americans can help support undocumented students.

(Image courtesy of TheDream.US)

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