Mission: To support college access and success for DREAMers — immigrant youth who were brought to the U.S. at a very young age without documentation — by providing scholarships to participating institutions of higher education.
About the Organization: Founded in 2014 by former Washington Post owner Donald E. Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amanda Bennett, former commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and fundraiser Henry R. Muñoz III, TheDream.Us believes that DREAMers should have the opportunity to obtain a college education and contribute to the prosperity of the nation. Due to their immigration status, DREAMers are ineligible for Pell Grants, federal education loans, or work-study programs; have limited access to state aid; and, in many states, are subject to out-of-state tuition. Indeed, of the sixty-five thousand DREAMers who graduate from high school each year, only between 5 percent and 10 percent can afford to enroll in college. TheDream.Us is dedicated to making a quality college education affordable for more than four thousand highly motivated low-income DREAMers over the next decade.
Current Programs: TheDream.Us offers two types of scholarships for high school graduates or community college transfers who are eligible under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In states where DREAMers qualify for in-state tuition, National Scholarship awards cover tuition and fees up to a maximum of $12,500 for an associate's degree and $25,000 for a bachelor's degree at any school that is partnering with the organization; in addition, some students may be eligible for an additional stipend up to $4,000 ($1,000 per year) for books, supplies, and transportation. In states where DREAMers are ineligible for in-state tuition or are shut out of public universities, Opportunity Scholarship awards cover tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and meals up to a maximum of $80,000 (for a bachelor's degree) at participating schools. To date, TheDream.Us has awarded nearly three thousand scholarships.
Website: Visitors to TheDream.Us site can learn about the barriers undocumented immigrant children face and the organization's impact, browse the stories of scholarship recipients, and/or sign up to receive updates. DREAMers can check out a list of participating colleges, scholarship details, and other resources, including mobile apps, while others can learn how to get involved by donating to the scholarship fund, volunteering, or taking action.
Funding: TheDream.Us is funded by individuals, corporations, and foundations.