TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, recently opened its new round of scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The program’s scholarships, worth up to $14,500 for an associate’s degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree, are available to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) students who meet eligibility criteria. The application deadline is Feb. 28. To date, the organization has committed more than $140 million in scholarship money.
Currently, there are 714 CUNY students attending the University on full-tuition scholarships from TheDream.US. CUNY’s scholars arrived in the United States at an average age of 5 years old. Hailing from over 70 countries, they earn an average cumulative GPA of 3.2. Sixty-eight percent are working while in school. Eighty-seven percent are enrolled full time.
“TheDream.US scholarship has enabled hundreds of CUNY’s DREAMers to pursue their goals and achieve academic success,” said Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz. “We could not be prouder of our DREAMers. The CUNY community values their contributions to our campuses and to our city, state and nation. The University will continue to nurture the ambitions of its immigrant students as it has done with great pride for more than 170 years.”
“We remain fully committed to helping DREAMers access a college education,” said Donald E. Graham, former publisher of The Washington Post and co-founder of TheDream.US. “But, let’s be clear, the most powerful commitment continues to be from DREAMers themselves. As described ‘In Their Own Words,’ and as demonstrated by the record number of scholarship applications TheDream.US received last year, DREAMers hold steadfast to the belief that no one can take a college education away from them.”
The new scholarship opportunity announcement was preceded by the TheDream.US’s release of “In Their Own Words,” a report summarizing the responses and implications from a national survey of 1,400 TheDream.US Scholars. The survey results underscore how important educational gains are to Scholars’ dreams and futures, while painting a portrait of the uncertainty and anxiety that Scholars face in a difficult immigration climate.
Learn more about the new round of TheDream.US Scholarships at: https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 24 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.