National Scholarship Fund Launched For Undocumented Students

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  • Though the forecast for immigration reform remains uncertain under the Obama administration, progress was made last week when San Antonio Democratic activist Henry Muñoz III, former Washington Post CEO Donald E. Graham, and Carlos Gutierrez, a Commerce Secretary under President Bush, announced the establishment of TheDream.US, a national scholarship fund aimed at assisting undocumented immigrant students in paying for college.
  • Currently, students who were brought to the U.S. as minors with their undocumented immigrant families are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid to fund a college education. These undocumented students have become known as “DREAMers,” which emanates from the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) federal legislation.
  • “With support from our partner institutions and from civic leaders across the country, TheDream.US is building a new movement to remove these roadblocks and make higher education a reality for thousands of undocumented immigrants,” TheDream.US co-founder Donald E. Graham said in a statement. “We’re making a down payment on our country’s future by helping these young Americans achieve the American Dream.”
  • Over the next decade, TheDream.US fund will provide college scholarships to enable more than 2,000 low-income DREAMers to complete college. Last week, it was announced that 39 students with an average GPA of 3.5 had received scholarships. Twelve higher education institutions have signed on as partners with the TheDream.US organization, and they are expected to support the aspirations of DREAMer-scholars. Twenty-two of the 39 scholarship students attend Miami Dade College (MDC), one of the 12 partner schools.
  • On Tuesday, MDC president Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón met with the 22 MDC students who are in the inaugural scholarship recipient class. During a campus ceremony with Graham in attendance, the students signed scholar commitment forms.

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