Unprecedented 'Opportunity Scholarship' for undocumented students in Mississippi to attend college announced

Unprecedented 'Opportunity Scholarship' for undocumented students in Mississippi to attend college announced

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - This is a press release from TheDream.US.

TheDream.US. the nation's largest scholarship program for DREAMers, - immigrant youth who came to the country without documentation - in partnership with the states of Connecticut and Delaware, is announcing a new groundbreaking scholarship program for DREAMers who are "locked out" of access to a college education in their home states - including the state of Mississippi.

TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship will provide a pathway to higher education for 500 highly-motivated immigrant students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protective Status (TPS) who live in states like Mississippi where they are required to pay out-of-state tuition or prohibited from enrolling in the state's colleges and universities all together.

Eastern Connecticut State University and Delaware State University are leading the way in this unprecedented program to five students from Mississippi and other locked-out states the opportunity of an affordable college education. Both institutions have the capacity to admit DREAMer Scholars without depriving an Connecticut or Delaware state students of the opportunity to attend these colleges. TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship - which is privately funded - will pay up to $80,000 to help fund the costs of tuition, fees, on-campus housing and meals for these DREAMers to earn a bachelor's degree.

"Education is an American value; we should help every student who has worked hard," said Donald E. Graham, co-founder of TheDream.US. "TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship will help immigrant students fulfill their dreams of obtaining a college education so they can better the lives of their families, communities and our nation. We are proud to partner with Eastern Connecticut State University and Delaware State University, with the incredible leadership of Governor Malloy and Governor Markell, to give deserving students the opportunity for an affordable college education."

In addition to funding over 500 out-of-state DREAMers, TheDream.US will provide 100 scholarships of up to $7,250 each to in-state DREAMers attending Eastern Connecticut State University of Delaware State University. TheDream.US founders are also working with local philanthropists to raise additional funds for scholarships for Connecticut and Delaware state students who also struggle to pay for a college education.

"We're pleased to take part in this program and do what we can to give hardworking students the chance to succeed," and Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. "Our state stands to benefit from welcoming them - along with their talents and potential - to our communities and to our schools."

"This partnership will add to Delaware State's incredible legacy for creating new opportunities for students to get a great education and pursue their dreams," said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. "I'm grateful to Don Graham, President Williams, and their teams for their hard work to make this program possible for the deserving scholarship recipients. These students will make Delaware State a stronger institution for everyone and I am thrilled that we are welcoming these talented young people in Delaware."

The Opportunity Scholarship is available to DREAMers in Mississippi and 15 other targeted locked-out states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The deadline for applications is June 9, and scholarship recipients will be announced at the end of June. For a full list of eligibility requirements and for information about how to apply, please visit http://www.thedream.us/opportunityschoalrship/.