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Miami Dade College Students Once Again Awarded DREAM.US Scholarships


MDC "DREAMers" sign commitment forms, Feb. 2014

Miami, June 4, 2014 - The DREAM.US scholarship fund will once again award a large number of scholarships to help Miami Dade College (MDC) students afford a college education by providing assistance specifically designed for them. Out of 336 recipients from across the country, 95 scholarship recipients are from MDC. TheDream.US is a national scholarship fund committed to providing low-cost, high-quality education to undocumented students.  

Among this year’s recipients is Jeremias Barzola. The 22-year-old MDC student, who fled Argentina with his family during that country’s economic and political crisis in 2000, will now be able to focus on his studies full-time, and continue to excel in his chosen path of civil engineering and business management, thanks to the award monies he’ll be receiving. “This award means everything to me,” he said. “I feel very privileged and blessed to have been selected to receive this great scholarship and look forward to contributing my talents to this great nation, the United States of America.”

Venezuela-born Arturo Rincon, who arrived in Miami almost 14 years ago, has a similar story. This MDC Medical Campus student, who hopes to work as a physical therapist for a professional sports team, can now concentrate full time on his studies. “I am extremely grateful for this award I have earned because I was going to have to pay for my classes out of my own money and was not sure I could do it,” he said.  

The DREAMer movement began at MDC when a group of undocumented students walked to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness before Congress on the high cost of higher education for low-income families. In February, a group of 22 out of 39 “Scholars” hailed from Miami Dade College.

TheDream.US was co-founded by Graham Holdings Company CEO Donald E. Graham, Democratic activist and philanthropist Henry R. Muñoz III, and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. TheDream.US is a national scholarship fund committed to provide a low-cost, high-quality education to undocumented students.

TheDream.US provides scholarships of up to $25,000 to DREAMers to help cover tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation for a two-year or four-year degree at Partner Colleges in California, Florida, New York, Texas and Washington, DC, and online. MDC is one of these partner colleges.  

For more information and requirements to apply for the DREAM.US scholarships, visit www.TheDream.US.

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