Named Scholarships

Named Scholarship Donor Program

Young people with uncertain immigration statuses face immense obstacles in pursuing their ambitions of higher education. Undocumented students face legal ambiguities and limitations that can be overwhelming. They may not know how to navigate the higher educational system, often assuming there is no legal avenue to college, and many conclude that college falls well outside their financial means. The current administration has ended protection for 800,000 DACA recipients nationwide and has instituted a host of other policy changes impacting immigrant students. Twelve thousand DACA recipients live in Virginia and countless more immigrant students who are not eligible for DACA must pay out-of-state tuition. The uphill climb for all these students has become more daunting than ever before.

Scholarship support, even at modest levels, can be essential in enabling Dreamers to attend college. Aside from constituting a critical financial resource, scholarships are a confirmation that the student can indeed succeed in higher education and that someone genuinely believes in their potential.

Named Scholarship Donors

Named Scholarship Donors are very special members of the Dream Project family. Named Scholarships are a wonderful way to honor a loved one, respected colleague, influential teacher, or relative or ancestor who immigrated to this country.

If you choose to become a Named Scholarship Donor, we ask you to commit to fully supporting one Dream Project Scholar with a donation of $1,500 for four years.

Named Scholarship Recipients

In order to receive a scholarship from the Dream Project, student applicants must have graduated from or be a senior at a Virginia high school and demonstrated the ability to overcome challenges that result from their immigration status. Students must participate in a rigorous application and interview process during which their academic record, community service, and perseverance is assessed. In order for their scholarships to be renewed, students must submit their college transcripts to the Dream Project. Each year, Named Scholarship Recipients write a letter to their Named Scholarship Donors updating them about their majors, academic progress, and other activities in which they are participating at school.

To become a Named Scholarship Donor, please contact our Executive Director, Lizzette Arias, at 571-268-1083 or email her at

Thank you for showing our Dream Scholars that you believe in their ability to succeed and for helping them to realize their dreams of a higher education!