What We Do


The Dream Project Scholarship is an annual and renewable scholarship awarded to immigrant students demonstrating academic achievement, leadership, community involvement, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Dream Scholars are born outside the United States but have graduated from Virginia high schools. Their immigration status (undocumented, DACA, TPS or Asylum Applicants) creates barriers to access higher education.

Successful applicants are students whose immigration status (such as undocumented, DACA, TPS, Asylum Applicants) create barriers to access higher education. To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Graduated or will graduate from a Virginia high school.
  • Were born outside of the United States and whose immigration status (undocumented, DACA, TPS, Asylum Applicant) creates barriers to access and success in college.
  • Will attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university.

Students must first apply for the scholarship online. Applicants are asked to submit their most recent high school and/or college transcripts along with two letters of recommendation. Selected applicants will be invited to interview with a panel of Dream Project board members and community members. Applications and interviews are evaluated based on students’ demonstration of academic achievement, leadership, community involvement, and perseverance and persistence in the face of adversity.

Previous years’ Dream Project Scholars are allowed to submit a shorter renewal application that demonstrates their good academic standing and their progress toward a degree and may have their interview requirement waived.

Important Dates

December 2019 Online Scholarship Application Available
February 1, 2020 Scholarship Application Deadline
March 2020 Applicant Interviews
May 1, 2020 Decisions
June, 2020 Award Ceremony

Questions? Contact us via email at info@dreamproject-va.org


The Dream Project Mentoring Program prepares high school seniors from Northern Virginia to gain admission to and succeed in college. Mentors support and assist mentees with college and scholarship applications, essays, resumes and interviewing tips. Throughout the year, mentees and mentors develop a lasting relationship that positively enhances the college experience for both.

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 that they continue to excel at their institutions. Our mentees also find they have a voice – a powerful one – that they learn to develop, not only to speak up for themselves, but more importantly, to use to support their peers who are aiming for the same goals.

The mentoring program sessions are held every Wednesday from September-April (excluding holidays) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Arlington.

The program requires that students commit to attend from beginning to end and come prepared to work diligently at each session.

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 2019-2020 Dream Project Mentoring Program have begun.

Interested? Apply to become a Mentee

Community Engagement

Parents-in-Action Training

Created at the request of the parents of the Dream Project students, the Parent-in-Action training is a five-session course designed to help parents be more effective partners to their college-bound seniors. Through this program Dream Project brings in together parents of similar experiences to talk about the college application process, scholarship search as well as stress management techniques.

To achieve Dream Project brings experts from the following arenas:

  • College Admission/Financial Planning
  • Self Advocacy and College Transition
  • Community Resources
  • Legal Rights
  • Leadership Training
  • Mind, Body, and Spirit (FLOW) / Well-Being Plan/ Seasonal Goal

Thanks to the support of the Arlington Community Foundation, highlights from this course are available on-demand for free via the Dream Project’s Youtube Channel. Click here to access these informative videos

If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise to this program, please email Lizzette, at lizzette@dreamproject-va.org

Family Preparedness Plan

A guide from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center to help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status; with additional resources for immigrant families in English.

Make a Plan: Migrant Parent’s Guide to Preventing Family Separations

A guide for undocumented parents to preparing for family separation if detained.

Herman Loan Fund

The Dream Scholar Loan Fund was established with the generous support of The Molly and Joseph Herman Foundation to provide interest-free loans to Dream Project Scholars who demonstrate a high level of need as a result of an emergency. This assistance is only available to students who have received support from the Dream Project. Decisions are based on demonstrated financial need.

We believe that all promising students should have the ability and 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 students with very limited or no access to traditional scholarship and loan programs and is available for emergency assistance. Award amounts are dependent on the specific need of the individual student up to $2,000 per year.

Click here to download The Molly and Joseph Herman Dream Scholar Fund Emergency Assistance Program Application