Scholarships Will Help Immigrant Students Reach Full Potential

Communications Associate

May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The outlook for undocumented college students hoping to attend college got brighter this week.

TheDream.US announced partnerships with Delaware State and Eastern Connecticut State universities to provide privately funded scholarships to 500 immigrant students whose states limit opportunities for people with their immigrant status.

“Education is an American value; we should help every student who has worked hard,” Donald E. Graham, a Washington businessman and co-founder of TheDream.US, said in a statement. “TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship will help immigrant students fulfill their dreams of obtaining a college education so they can better the lives of their families, communities, and our nation.”

On the opposite coast, the University of California announced an effort to support undocumented students, to the tune of more than $8 million annually over the next three years.

“We are committed to continuing a path forward for undocumented students at the University of California,” University of California President Janet Napolitano said. “This funding will further strengthen the university’s undocumented student initiative, and help ensure that these students receive the support and resources they need to succeed.”

“These efforts will make a lasting impact on the lives of these young new Americans and their families,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “The resources made available to these students will help them fulfill their college aspirations and give them the skills and opportunities to reach their fullest potential.”