Partnership supports education for Oregon’s undocumented studentsNews contact: Laura Hancock, University Advancement, 541-962-3585
Source contact: Bennie Moses-Mesubed, Multicultural Center, 541-962-3741
LA GRANDE, Ore. February 2, 2017 – Eastern Oregon University is partnering with TheDream.US to offer scholarship funding supporting college education for qualified immigrant students.
TheDream.US is the country’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers – undocumented immigrant students who have lived and attended school in the U.S. since they were children. The National Scholarship is open to first-time college students or community college graduates who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
“We are one of two universities in the state to provide this opportunity,” said Bennie Moses-Mesubed, EOU’s Multicultural Center director. “Our main focus is recruiting and supporting Oregon DREAMers to pursue a college education. This is a great opportunity for EOU to be part of making college a reality for many outstanding students.”
The renewable award covers tuition and fees up to a maximum of $12,500 for an associate’s degree and $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree at EOU as a partner college.
“EOU is committed to providing access and opportunity to an increasingly diverse population in the state of Oregon,” said Tom Insko, EOU president. “Our partnership with TheDream.US to offer the National Scholarship provides vital resources to high achieving undocumented students that opens a pathway to new possibilities through college degree attainment.”
Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US, expressed great enthusiasm about EOU’s commitment.
“We are excited to partner with Eastern Oregon University in giving Oregon’s undocumented immigrant students the opportunity to go to college,” Marshall said. “These young adults are highly talented and motivated students who want nothing more than to get a college education and give back to their families, communities and our country.”
The deadline to apply is March 8 for fall 2017. Representatives at EOU are available to assist students interested in applying and provide information to high school and college advisors. For more visit eou.edu/fao/scholarships/the-dream.