Scholarships for DREAMers, undocumented students

Are you a DREAMer, an immigrant child who arrived in the US before you were 16 years old? Are you a Deferred Action (DACA) recipient? Have you graduated from high school and are you dreaming of going to college? The perfect scholarship for you is here.

TheDream.USIn June of 2013, Don Graham, Henry R. Muñoz, and Gaby Pacheco gathered with a group of people willing to help undocumented students get to college. The group consisted of DREAMers, national and state-based organizations, post-secondary educational institutions and Fortune 500 leading companies. They met to discuss the creation of a scholarship fund for DREAMers and committed to work together to provide a low-cost, high quality college education to undocumented students.

TheDream.US was born.

“We are a national scholarship fund for immigrant youth who have received DACA, who want to obtain a college education and give back to their communities”, TheDream.US team explains in their website.


You can apply to the TheDream.US Scholarship Program if you meet these requirements:

  • Be a first time college student (with less than 12 college credits unless those credits were earned in high school) applying to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at one of TheDream.US participating colleges.
  • Have graduated from a U.S. based high school with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (2.5/4.0) or higher or achieved a U.S. State approved high school equivalency with a score equivalent to 2.5 (2.5/4.0) or higher (Scholarship America will determine whether an applicant’s GED score is equivalent to a 2.5).
  • Meet DACA eligibility criteria (see
  • Have submitted Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or received notification of DACA approval and provide a copy of the DACA approval notification or the receipt for the submission of the DACA application.

The Scholarship Award will fund up to $12,500 for tuition, fees, and books for an associate degree, and up to $25,000 for tuition, fees, and books for a bachelor degree.

Some of the participant colleges are: Miami Dade College (FL); Trinity Washington University (DC); California State University, Long Beach (CA); University of Texas, El Paso (TX); Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY); and more. Check them out here.

If you are a DREAMer and want to keep going with your studies, but haven’t applied to DACA yet, contact immigration lawyer James Martin to check your eligibility and options.

James G. Martin is an attorney duly licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey. As immigration law is a federal practice, he is legally permitted to practice immigration law in all 50 states. Schedule your consultation with immigration lawyer James G. Martin today calling at 941-953-3900 or emailing at

DISCLAIMER: The information provided is for basic informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice and that the persons should see the personal advice of a duly licensed attorney knowledgeable of immigration law.

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