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by Shawn Hu, GoArticles.com

During times where the cost of higher education is slipping further and further away from those who need it most, the Catholic Community Foundation has recently formed the DREAM Scholarship Fund to help qualifying immigrant students pay for college tuition. Applications are now being taken for the Fall 2011 semester at the DreamScholarshipFund.com. Scholarship applications are on the website and donors may also contribute through the website as well.

Applicants: Scholarship applications are reviewed by the DREAM Scholarship Fund committee. Eligibility for the scholarship requires that:

The student immigrated to the USA as a child, and is, or will be, a graduate of a High School prior to the start of college classes.
The student must have resided in the state in which he or she is applying for post-secondary education.
The student must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or higher.
The student must apply and be accepted for admission prior to August 1 to be eligible.

If the recipient fails to carry a minimum of 9 credits per quarter and maintain satisfactory academic progress the award is forfeited from that point forward. Awards will be disbursed twice annually and are paid directly to the college.

The applicant must complete the scholarship application which consists of an essay portion as well. If you meet these qualifications, then you may complete the application and its essays online. Scholarships will be paid directly to the school, which will credit the grant towards the tuition.

Donors: The DREAM Scholarship accepts contributions from corporate and private donors and all donations are used exclusively for scholarship grants. Donors will be provided a giving receipt for tax purposes and will also be updated on who was awarded a scholarship. Any amount greater than $25 is welcome and contributions may be made online, mail or telephone.

DREAM Scholarship information can be found here.

More information about the Catholic Community Foundation can be found here.

 


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DATE: December 21, 2010

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USCCB CHAIRMAN CALLS SENATE VOTE ON DREAM ACT “A SETBACK, NOT A DEFEAT”

Archbishop Gomez reaffirms Church support for immigrant rights

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Jose Gomez, coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, today described the vote on the DREAM Act in the U.S. Senate as a “setback, not a defeat.” The DREAM Act, short for the Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors Act, failed to attain the sixty votes needed to end a filibuster on the bill, thus ending its prospects for passage in the 111th Congress. The final vote count was 55 in favor of cloture, 41 against, five short of the needed number.

The DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for young people who entered the country illegally with their parents as children or infants, provided they complete two years of higher education or two years of military service. As many as 1.8 million young persons could have benefited from the enactment of the DREAM Act.

“With the passage of the DREAM Act in the House of Representatives and with a majority of the U.S. Senate voting in favor, it is clear that a majority of Congress and of the American public support this common-sense humanitarian measure,” said Archbishop Gomez. “I am confident that one day—sooner rather than later—the DREAM Act will become the law of the land."

Archbishop Gomez extended thanks to those in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate who supported the legislation.

“On behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I express my gratitude to those elected officials who did the right thing and voted for this important bill,” he stated.

He added, “My heart goes out to the thousands of young people who would have been helped by the DREAM Act and were disappointed by the Senate action. We will continue to work so that one day soon you will have the opportunity to become Americans.”

Archbishop Gomez reaffirmed the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ commitment to safeguarding the basic human rights of immigrants and to enacting humane and just reforms of U.S. immigration law. He added that the U.S. bishops had more work to do to educate Catholics on the issue of immigration and its importance to the mission of the Church and the future of the country.

“More education is needed to ensure that Catholics, as well as all Americans, fully understand the humanitarian consequences of a broken immigration system, especially on families," he concluded.

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Keywords: DREAM Act, immigration, youth, citizenship, human rights, Archbishop Jose Gomez, USCCB Committee on Migration, Migration and Refugee Services

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