California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and Long Beach City College (LBCC) officially announced Feb. 4 their participation in TheDream.US scholarship program, a new national movement that aims to provide more than 2,000 college scholarships to undocumented immigrant students, enabling highly motivated, low-income DREAMers to graduate with career-ready college degrees. TheDream.US launches with more than $25 million available for scholarships.
A total of 12 institutions across the country signed on to the program that will cover up to 100 percent of tuition costs, fees and books (maximum of $25,000).
“TheDream.US scholarship program brings new possibilities to those often faced with tremendous obstacles in achieving their academic goals,” said Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “As a learning institution, we always look for successful academic pathways that position students to graduate, transfer or move into a career field of their choice. These scholarships and this program give these students a chance to earn their education and contribute to the local economy, while at the same time allowing them to become contributing members of their communities as career professionals.”
The participation by LBCC and CSULB in TheDream.US program is the latest of many student access and support programs in which the two institutions have partnered. Other collaborative efforts include The Long Beach College Promise program that prepares Long Beach high school students for college life and academic success.
“Access to a high quality, affordable college education is an essential element in reaching personal and career goals. This initiative represents an excellent opportunity for our two institutions to serve these hard-working and motivated students in reaching their personal and career goals,” noted CSULB Interim President Donald J. Para. “Further, we know that when one member of a family earns a college degree, other family members follow. This lifts an entire family to be able to achieve their collective dream of a better life, which benefits California, our nation and our society.”
The announcement is the result of a collaboration of DREAMers, business and education leaders and current and former elected officials from across the country who gave their input on best approaches to enable DREAMers to succeed academically. DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.
The deadline to apply is Monday, March 31. Recipients will be notified on Thursday, May 15 as to their eligibility and scholarship award. To apply and for more details on the program, students can visit www.TheDream.US.
TheDream.US co-founders include Graham Holdings Co. CEO Donald E. Graham, Democratic political activist and philanthropist Henry R. Munoz, III and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. The organization will be led by Candy Marshall, former director with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.