The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, in partnership with TheDream.US, a national scholarship program for undocumented students, has announced a $2 million matching challenge to enable motivated DREAMers in Arizona to pursue their educational goals.
The organizations will match, on a one-to-one basis, donations up to $2 million to assist hundreds of students in obtaining an associate's or bachelor’s degree through Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University. More than twenty-one thousand Arizona residents have received legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, with thousands more now eligible under the new Deferred Action Program. Required to pay out-of-state tuition fees to attend Arizona's four-year-universities, however, and with no access to federal financial aid and limited access to scholarship funds, many DREAMers cannot afford a college education.
"We, as a nation, have an opportunity to leverage the investment we have already made in these young, highly motivated men and women," said TheDream.US president Candy Marshall. "By offering a scholarship fund, we support DREAMers in joining our next generation of talented health care providers, educators, accountants, scientists, software developers, and social workers."