What We Do

Scholarships

The Dream Project Scholarship is an annually renewable scholarship awarded to immigrant students demonstrating academic achievement, leadership, community involvement, and perseverance in the face of adversity. The application period is currently closed, but you can sign up to receive updates on the Dream Project by clicking here.



Mentoring


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[Mentor F] was such an amazing mentor! She was very flexible, understanding, and overall helpful. She definitely taught me a lot of new things and I was able to create a connection with her since we shared similar backgrounds. In total I applied to 20 schools (accepted by 14, waitlisted by 5, and rejected by 1) and [6] scholarships.

Mentee J, rising first year at UVA

The Dream Project Mentoring Program prepares high school seniors from across the state of Virginia to gain admission to and succeed in college. Mentors support and assist mentees with college and scholarship applications, essays, interviews, and resumes. Throughout the year, mentees and mentors develop a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship.

The 2021-2022 Mentoring Program will be held from mid-September until the end of March. This coming semester, to ensure our mentors' and mentees' safety, mentoring will be start online on Tuesdays, from 5:00-7:00PM. (We may also offer to change to in-person later; in this way, the program can be hybrid).


For the 2020-2021 year, the results were amazing!

  • ALL 29 mentees are continuing their post-secondary education
  • They accrued over $252,000 in scholarships!
  • They are attending NVCC, GMU, Virginia Tech, UVA, Marymount, University of Richmond, Albion College, Drexel University!
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Becoming a Dream Project Mentee is about joining a community. In this community, our mentees find support and inspiration to achieve their dreams of higher education. To date, all of our mentees have gone on to enroll in college and we are proud to say they continue to excel at these institutions. Our mentees also find and develop their voices not only to speak up for themselves, but also to support their peers who are aiming for the same goals.

At this time, we expect mentoring to be be offered both in person and online, but may switch to online.

The program requires that students attend sessions from beginning to end and come prepared to work diligently.

Dream Project mentees are students who:

  • Are currently enrolled as seniors in a Northern Virginia high school
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to attend college
  • Face challenges in accessing higher education due to immigration status

Applications to join the 2021-2022 Dream Project Mentoring Program have begun.

Interested? Apply to become a Mentee.

Community Engagement



Emergency Relief Fund


The coronavirus pandemic has uprooted all of our lives, drastically changing the ways we live, work and go to school. But undocumented students and their families have been hit especially hard. They are our community’s vulnerable workforce who won’t be able to file for unemployment, utilize paid sick leave, or continue working their jobs remotely.

If you're a Dream Project scholar, alumni, or mentee, click here to fill out the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Application.

If you'd like to contribute to the Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund, you may do so here.


Herman Loan Fund


We believe that all promising students should have the opportunity to pursue their post-secondary educational dreams and achieve their greatest success. The Molly and Joseph Herman Dream Scholar Loan Fund is a resource for Dream Project Scholars with very limited or no access to traditional scholarship and loan programs. The fund provides interest-free loans to scholars who demonstrate a high level of need in the case of an emergency.

This assistance is only available to students who have received a scholarship from the Dream Project. Decisions are based on demonstrated financial need. Award amounts are dependent on the specific need of the individual student, up to $2,000 per year. Please read below closely to ensure you are eligible



Please note that applications will only be considered from those who are presently Dream Project scholars,  alumni, or 2021-2022 mentees of the Dream Project as confirmed by Dream Project records.

Click here to apply for the Herman Loan.


Success Stories


I believe I posses untapped abilities, and my capacity to be an independent learner will help me discover my strengths and talents. I am hungry for more education, and also to be a good human being and a productive member of society.

Veronica