Dear Friends of the Dream Project,
Tuesday’s presidential election results personally and deeply impacted our immigrant students and their families. At three o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, I received the first “panic” email: “I need advice as to what I should do. I need to continue my studies.” Later in the morning, a mother talked to me after having cried all night thinking about her Honors Engineering student who is planning to graduate in June.
Yes, there is fear, anxiety and confusion due to the uncertainty of their futures and YES the Dream Project community is committed to continuing to support our students. Our 76 Dream Scholars will continue with their college education, and our current 44 mentees will graduate from High School prepared to continue with their higher education plans.
Our Dream Scholars continue to demonstrate perseverance against adversity and excel academically, overcoming obstacles to pursue their goals. No one can take their education away from them, and the sacrifices of their families will not be in vain.
Like any other family and community, we gain strength by coming together during the holiday season to celebrate our Dream Scholars’ accomplishments and to let them know that they can count on us.
Please mark your calendar to join us at our 7th Annual Holiday Celebration on December 10th. In the coming days, you will receive an invitation with additional details for the Holiday Celebration.
Now more than ever, our extraordinary students need your emotional and financial support! You may contribute at www.dreamproject-va.org/get-
Thank you for your continued solidarity and support.
Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez
Chairman of the Board