Philanthropy Group Announces New Four-Year College Scholarship for 500 DREAMers

In an effort to provide DREAMers with more opportunities to attend four-year colleges in places that do not allow in-state tuition for undocumented students, philanthropy group TheDream.US has partnered with Eastern Connecticut State University and Delaware State University to offer a new four-year scholarship to attend these two schools.

According to a media release, TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship “will provide a pathway to higher education for 500 highly-motivated immigrant students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protective Status (TPS) who live in states where they are ‘locked out’ of access to a college education because they are required to pay out-of-state tuition or prohibited from enrolling in the state’s colleges and universities altogether.”

Eligible students have until June 9 to go online and apply. According to TheDream.US, both Eastern Connecticut State University and Delaware State University “have the capacity to admit DREAMer Scholars without depriving any Connecticut or Delaware state students of the opportunity to attend these colleges.” Funding for the scholarship will come from private donors.

The announcement of this new program earned the praise of both Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy (D) and Delaware governor Delaware governor Jack Markell (D).

“We’re pleased to take part in this program and do what we can to give hardworking students the chance to succeed,” Malloy said. “Our state stands to benefit from welcoming them —along with their talents and potential— to our communities and to our schools.”

“This partnership will add to Delaware State’s incredible legacy of creating new opportunities for students to get a great education and pursue their dreams,” said Delaware Governor Jack Markell. “I’m grateful to [TheDream.US co-founder] Don Graham, [Delaware State President Dr. Harry Lee Williams] and their teams for their hard work to make this program possible for the deserving scholarship recipients. These students will make Delaware State a stronger institution for everyone, and I am thrilled that we are welcoming these talented young people to Delaware.”

In addition, TheDream.US said that it will provide 100 scholarships of up to $7,250 each to in-state DREAMers attending Eastern Connecticut State University or Delaware State University.

Arizona Dreamers Five Years Later

Dulce Matuz started a new life as an undocumented American in Arizona when she was 15 years old. She was a star student, participated on the robotics team in high school and got into the engineering program at Arizona State University. In 2006, Arizona passed Proposition 300, which stripped undocumented students of in-state tuition for school and forced a lot of undocumented students to drop out of school. Dulce had a choice: self-deport or stay and fight. She chose the latter. Dulce co-founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition to fight for immigrant rights while Arizona was in the process of enacting some of the nation’s strictest anti-immigration laws. Maria Hinojosa recently met up with Matuz in Phoenix to talk about what’s happening with Arizona politics around immigration today, five years after Arizona passed its controversial “show me your papers law,” SB 1070.

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We speak to three self-styled “dreamers” about their hopes and fears just after President Obama announced an executive order that would halt the deportations of some young undocumented people.

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Prerna Lal is a student at The George Washington University Law School. She is the co-founder of DreamActivist.Org, and she also serves as a board member for Immigration Equality, an organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT immigrants.


Mohammad Abdollahi is originally from Iran. He came to the U.S. when he was three and became undocumented after en error in his paperwork process. He is one of the founders of National Immigrant Youth Alliance. He was also arrested in 2010 while protesting for passage of the DREAM Act at the Tucson offices of Sen. John McCain.


Lizbeth Mateo is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. She grew up in Los Angeles where she went to school and became the first in her family to graduate from Cal State University, Northridge. Lizbeth is co-founder of DreamActivist California and The National Immigrant Youth Alliance – an undocumented youth-LED network of grassroots organizations, campus-based student groups and individuals committed to achieving equality for all immigrant youth, regardless of their legal status.