A recent partnership forged between the University of La Verne in California and The Dream.US will enable undocumented college students interested in earning associates or bachelor’s degrees to receive up to $25,000 in financial aid.
The University of La Verne is the first private institution in California to partner with TheDream.US. Up to 10 traditional undergraduate students enrolled at the university will be chosen to benefit from the scholarship program. The selection process lasts until October 26.
Immigrant Students on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protective Status (TPS) are not eligible to receive federal financial aid for college. These statuses are both temporary, but both are also renewable, so they enable immigrants to remain in the United States and become employed. TheDream.US, which was formed just under one year ago, aims to help immigrant students earn college degrees regardless of such citizenship statuses.
TheDream.US is a multimillion dollar national scholarship fund with a goal of allowing at least 2,000 immigrant students to earn college degrees over the course of the next decade. It partners with colleges and univeristies located in communities in which there are high densities of immigrant students.
University of La Verne, the 18th college to partner with TheDream.US, was chosen because of its dedication to promoting diversity in the university environment. La Verne has been designated a Hispanic Serving Institution, and more than half of its students are the first in their families to attend college or university. There are only two other California institutions partnered with TheDream.US, Long Beach City College and California State University at Long Beach. TheDream.US also partners with colleges and Universities in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, NYC, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
The University of La Verne, founded in 1891, is a private nonprofit university located about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The University currently has 8,796 students, including adult learners, graduate, law, and online students and 40 percent are Latino or Hispanic. More than 80 percent of La Verne students receive financial aid, with the average undergraduate receiving around $28,603. Gaby Pacheco, program director for TheDream.US, says she is proud to call La Verne one of its partner colleges.
In addition to its partnership with TheDream.US, University of La Verne also offers several academic scholarships, including the La Verne Performance Scholarship, the International Student Scholarship Award, and Honors Program Scholarships.
For more information about college scholarships offered through TheDream.US, visit: http://www.thedream.us/scholars.