Scholarship Fund for Dreamers
Everybody has dreams. Some people work hard and make their dreams come true. Other people work hard and through no fault of their own their dreams are crushed. If you could, wouldn't you help such a dreamer? By giving to the Scholarship Fund for Dreamers, you can. Support the dream of an undocumented student to attend college today.
Many undocumented students are just such dreamers. They are young people who were brought to the United States as children without documentation. Now, after years of living here, they want to go to college. But under federal law, undocumented youth are ineligible for state or federal financial aid. At International High School at Prospect Heights (IHS@PH), teachers have seen many of the best and brightest students unable to reach their dream of a college education. Why? Without financial aid they simply can't afford it.
A group of teachers, staff and friends of IHS@PH are pooling their resources and reaching out to their communities to raise $40,000 to guarantee a scholarship to at least one worthy student and set the stage for a long-term fund that awards scholarships that make dreams of higher education a reality for high-achieving undocumented students every year.
This year, the International Dreamers Scholarship Fund awarded two scholarships: Carolina Hernandez was awarded $20,268.00 to be used over four years, and Elisa Corado was awarded $8500.00 to be used over two years. Here is an excerpt from a letter by Carolina about how the fund has impacted her life (read her full letter here):
My name is Carolina Hernandez. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support. I am originally from Mexico. I immigrated to the United States in 2006 looking for a better future and to reunite with my mother after seven years without seeing her. Being undocumented in this country has been a difficult experience that now fuels me to pursue my dream to become a Math teacher. I currently attend Kingsborough Community College. I am majoring in Mathematics. The financial assistance that International Dreamers Scholarship Fund has provided me helps me to pay for my educational expenses, and allows me to focus on the most important aspect of school, learning. The scholarship has given me hope to believe that my dreams are possible no matter what.