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The Presidents’ Alliance Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of TheDream.US


For Immediate Release: February 8, 2024
Contact: jason@presidentsalliance.org

The Presidents’ Alliance Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of TheDream.US

Washington D.C. – The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration is proud to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of TheDream.US, the nation’s largest scholarship program for undocumented students. TheDream.US empowers DACA recipients and undocumented students through its scholarships. Ten years in, data showcases the transformative impact of these programs on their lives.

Several members of the Presidents’ Alliance staff have directly benefited from this impactful scholarship. Dulce Guerrero, Project Associate for State Policy at the Presidents’ Alliance and former TheDream.US scholarship recipient, shares her journey:

“I remember how hopeless I felt after graduating high school as an undocumented student. TheDream.US gave me the hope I needed to continue my education. Thanks to this scholarship program, I obtained my bachelor’s degree and now work in a field that I am passionate about.”

TheDream.US’s scholarship programs not only dismantle barriers to education but also unlock the immense potential within DACA, TPS recipients and undocumented students. With 94% of TheDream.US alumni employed or self-employed, these individuals – like so many other DACA recipients and Dreamers – contribute significantly to the enrichment of our communities, local and national economies, and campuses.

Ivana Lopez Espinosa, Project Associate for Campus Engagement at the Presidents’ Alliance and former TheDream.US scholarship recipient, shares her experience:

“TheDream.US provided me with the chance to attend Gettysburg College, opening doors to a career in higher education. The scholarship allowed me to pursue my education while actively engaging in community efforts, solidifying my commitment to immigration advocacy.”

Almost twenty percent of the 141,000 DACA-eligible higher education students are currently pursuing graduate or professional programs, highlighting their commitment to advanced learning and specialized fields.

Cezanne Hayden-Dilbert, Manager of Operations and People at the Presidents’ Alliance and former TheDream.US scholarship recipient, attests to the program’s life-changing impact:

“The connections and networking opportunities that came with the scholarship helped me secure a fellowship at the Presidents’ Alliance. Through this, I’ve had the chance to advocate for my immigrant community, engaging with members of Congress, participating in panels, visiting the White House, and meeting the First Lady of the United States.”

As we commemorate this decade-long milestone, it is crucial to recognize the broader importance of supporting DACA, TPS, and undocumented students. We urgently call for congressional action to protect the future of these students. TheDream.US has demonstrated that investing in undocumented individuals not only transforms their lives but also fosters a more inclusive and prosperous society.

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The nonpartisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration brings college and university presidents and chancellors together on the immigration issues that impact higher education, our students, campuses, communities and nation. We work to support undocumented, international and refugee students, and advance forward-looking immigration policies and practices at the federal level, in our states, and across our college campuses. The Alliance is composed of 550+ college and university presidents and chancellors of public and private colleges and universities, enrolling over five million students in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.