MUSCATINE, Iowa–DREAM Iowa has partnered with eight different Iowa community colleges to provide scholarship matching for recipients of DREAM Iowa scholarships.
The DREAM Iowa Scholarship was established in 2018 and is proudly granted by DREAM Iowa Inc (501c3). This scholarship is to provide monetary support directly to immigrant students pursuing higher education. The principal requirements for the DREAM Iowa scholarship are that the student be a high school senior or enrolled in college, demonstrate the spirit to overcome adversity, and commitment to our immigrant community. The deadline to apply is May 1. The scholarship is awarded in the fall semester.
In 2020, DREAM Iowa granted $15,000 in scholarships supporting 22 Iowa immigrant students. The non-profit awarded $10,000 through the formal application process and raffled $5,000 in scholarships during DREAM Iowa’s annual Youth Leadership Summit (YLS). Youth from 33 different schools from across the state of Iowa were registered for the 2020Virtual YLS.
Funds for these scholarships were raised through a combined effort from local immigrant businesses and community members. Iowa colleges are supporting the advancement of immigrant youth in the state of Iowa. DREAM Iowa will receive 100% matching funds towards student’s tuition at their respective participating colleges:
- Clinton Community College
- Des Moines Area Community College
- Hawkeye Community College
- Indian Hills Community College
- Mount Mercy University
- Muscatine Community College
- North Iowa Area Community College
- Scott Community College
DREAM Iowa invites other colleges and businesses to match the scholarship in 2021. Colleges, businesses, and community members can contact DREAM Iowa at https://dreamiowa.us or calling 641-229-1420 or emailing at [email protected].
Students are able to apply for the DREAM Iowa scholarship through the DREAM Iowa webpage.
A statement from Nilvia Reyes Rodriguez, Board Vice President of DREAM Iowa:
“DREAM Iowa is thrilled about this partnership we have forged with select Iowa colleges. The scholarship recipients we select every year truly embody the immigrant spirit. Reading their stories is profoundly inspirational, and we hope that by eliminating barriers, students are more equipped to achieve their dreams.”
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