Thanks to this scholarship what once seemed a nightmare for me is now a dream in real life. The International Dreamers Scholarship Fund is the key to opening many doors in my life. It means a lot to me because I was living in a world where I felt powerless and less than others. Your support brought me both hope and the motivation to succeed.
– Elisa Corado, 2013 International Dreamers Scholarship Fund Recipient
Every spring, high school seniors all over the United States anxiously await college acceptance letters, excited to start a new phase in their young lives. Among them are a group of students who have worked just as hard and have achieved just as much, but whose hearts sink every spring as they watch their peers make plans to go to school in the Fall. For undocumented students, immigrant youth who came to the U.S. as children without legal status, their dreams are deferred.
Few people know that undocumented students are ineligible for federal, state, or most private sources of financial aid. They do not qualify for federal student loans and most scholarship funds require applicants to be citizens or permanent residents. As a result, undocumented youth need to pay the entire cost of college. Many students forgo attending college or drop out after a semester because they are unable to afford it. As a result, every year, some of our best and brightest students are thwarted in achieving their potential.
You can help to change the fates of these deserving students. In our first fundraising season in 2013, a group of teachers, staff and friends of IHS@PH pooled their resources and reached out to their communities to raise $40,000. We guaranteed a scholarship to two students 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. Since then, we have funded 5 scholars and hope to continue this work in fighting for fairness and equity for immigrant youth. You can support our scholarship by making an online donation through North Star’s donation page here or go to our How You Can Help tab to find out more.