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ATU Welcomes TheDream.US Scholars

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Arkansas Tech University has welcomed 15 TheDream.US scholars to campus as part of the 2021-22 academic year.

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth “DREAMers” who came to the United States as children and have attended K-12 schools but are ineligible for federal financial aid.

This year marks the first year Arkansas Tech University has partnered with TheDream.US to provide qualified students the opportunity to achieve their higher education goals.

“We are grateful to partner with TheDream.Us to welcome these students as part of the Arkansas Tech University family,” said Dr. Blake Bedsole, associate vice president of enrollment management and student success. “With a mission of access, we are excited to support these students and know they will help to make our state, region and world a better place.”

Rafael received a scholarship as part of the partnership and shared what it meant to have this opportunity.

“For me the Dream.Us scholarship program has made the impossible possible,” explained Rafael.

In total, the Dream.US has provided 6,500 college scholarships to eligible students at more than 70 partner colleges in 16 states and Washington, D.C. Applications are open for students who meet the requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or who came to the country before Nov. 1, 2015, and otherwise meet the DACA eligibility criteria.

Visit TheDream.US to learn more about the scholarship program.