Deadline This Week for Central Florida Immigrant Youth to Apply for TheDream.US College Scholarship
By Paul February 22, 2021
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, today offered a reminder that the deadline for applications for scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year closes on February 25, 2021. 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 Central Florida immigrant youth in their pursuit of a college education. The National Scholarship supports Florida DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates to attend one of eight Partner Colleges in the state: Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Palm Beach State College, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and Valencia College. In recent years, TheDream.US has awarded more than 870 scholarships to Florida DREAMers and paid over $12.5M in awards. The deadline for applications for the National Scholarship is February 25, 2021 (learn more here).
According to Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US: “Now is the time for immigrant youth to go to college. With DACA solidly in place and the potential for legislation that would provide DREAMers with permanent residency, a college education is key to pursuing a meaningful career that will help immigrant youth in Central Florida and across America contribute to the future of our country. We want to thank our Partner Colleges in Florida and across America for helping immigrant youth have the opportunity to pursue their higher education and career dreams.”
Ruben Mercado Santos, a TheDream.US Scholar who graduated from the University of Central Florida in December 2020 and plans to become a doctor, is just one example of how TheDream.US can support Florida immigrant youth: As UCF Today recently wrote in a profile of Mercado Santos: “With the goal of becoming a physician one day, he knew that he had to find a way to pay for school without creating further financial burdens for his older sister and mother, who were already working hard to provide for his family. So he sought help from a high school advisor who encouraged him to apply for a scholarship from TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers. Through a partnership with UCF, the organization has provided funding for Mercado Santos’ tuition, along with a small stipend for books — and now he’s days away from earning his bachelor’s degree. ‘I attended UCFs Grad Walk a few weeks ago, and when I walked across the stage … it was a culmination of all the sacrifices my mom and sister have made for me,’ the biomedical sciences major says. ‘The degree may have my name, but in reality it is awarded to all three of us.’”
The deadline for applications for the National Scholarship is February 25, 2021. Learn more here
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 6,500 college scholarships to DREAMers attending over 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.