Dreamers are an asset to our country, and if given the opportunity, they will build stronger, inclusive, and thriving communities. We believe nothing should stand in the way of a college education—not the lack of financial aid, and not a student’s immigration status.
Join us in opening doors to education and fostering the next generation of leaders!
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND ADVOCACY
The Student DREAMers Alliance (SDA) is a youth leadership accelerator designed to empower and magnify voices of Dreamers, in order to increase awareness of education inequity and advocate for changes in state legislation to achieve equal access to public, post-secondary education for all youth.
Our model was inspired by the Aspen Institute’s and Liberty Fellowship’s approach towards fostering enlightened, values-based leaders. Monthly learning seminars provide participants a space for introspective dialogue, self-discovery, and examination of societal questions, which is matched with the tools needed to articulate their vision for change.
For many students, this process has awakened them to glaring inequalities in access to public, post-secondary education for Hispanic youth, especially in South Carolina. Students who are US citizens discover that many of their peers, who have grown up in their neighborhoods and challenged themselves academically, are barred from the assistance they need to attend college. Through SDA, these student leaders are forming long-lasting friendships and building a community of mutual support, empowerment, and advocacy.
Please join our movement to cultivate and mentor the next generation of leaders and empower them to open doors of opportunity for themselves and for generations to come!
DREAMERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
DACA and undocumented students in the United States face extraordinary barriers to post-secondary education - even those who are academically and personally exceptional like our Student Dreamers Alliance (SDA) participants. They are barred from federally funded student aid through the FAFSA, a staple source of educational support for most American students.
Their challenges are even greater in South Carolina, one of only two states (along with Alabama) to ban undocumented students from attending public state colleges, and one of six states that prevent DACA students from receiving any state-funded aid, including loans, grants, and scholarships. Regardless of how long they have lived in South Carolina, DACA students are required to pay out-of-state tuition, crippling them financially and limiting their enormous potential.
Through the SDA program, we have the privilege to work with many exemplary Dreamers who, despite facing nearly insurmountable obstacles, are persevering in their dream of being the first in their families to go to college. We believe every student deserves an opportunity to access education and build a better future for themselves. This is why we have created the Student DREAMers Scholarship Fund.
Please help us support their journey by contributing to our fund.