Morgan State University and TheDream.US Partner to Support Maryland Dreamers’ Pursuit of Higher Education
Up to 10 Full Scholarships Available to Undocumented Immigrant Students Seeking a College Degree
BALTIMORE — Morgan State University, Maryland’s largest Historically Black College or University (HBCU), and TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college and career success program for undocumented immigrant students, today announced a new partnership that will provide up to 10 scholarships for Maryland immigrant youth to achieve their higher education dreams. Morgan is the first HBCU and only the second university in Maryland to collaborate with TheDream.US.
The new partnership announcement comes after the recent opening of TheDream.US new Scholarship round for the 2023-2024 academic year, which started on November 1, 2022 and will run through the end of February 2023. The scholarships are open to undocumented immigrant students with or without DACA or TPS who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and before Nov. 1, 2017.
“Morgan has welcomed an increasing number of undocumented students over the past few years,” said Kara Turner, Ph.D., vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Morgan. “We believe that this partnership with TheDream.US will help both our current undocumented students and remove financial barriers for prospective students to attend Morgan in pursuit of their education.”
This past fall, Morgan recorded its largest overall enrollment in University history, welcoming more than 9,100 students. As a byproduct of this rise in student enrollment, the University experienced a significant growth in international students, increasing from 5.4% to 10.7% over the past year, as well as in students that identified as Hispanic reaching 4.5%.
Through the new partnership with TheDream.US, Maryland immigrant youth will be eligible to apply for TheDream.US National Scholarship. The National Scholarship is for Dreamers who are about to graduate high school or earn a GED; current community college students; and current university students. Full eligibility information for the National Scholarship available online.
The award is for tuition and fees of up to $33,000 total for a bachelor’s degree. The amount is enough to cover the full annual cost of in-state tuition and fees for attending Morgan and allows for students to become eligible for University merit awards to assist with room and board if they choose to live in university-managed housing.
“We are excited to partner with Morgan State University in supporting Maryland Dreamers in their college and career aspirations. Despite the many obstacles they face, these immigrant students continue to persevere and work hard to achieve their education and career goals,” said Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US. “93% of our 3,000+ graduates are now working or have started their own businesses. Their successes are proof that expanding Dreamers’ access to higher education and career opportunities is good for our country’s economic growth. We are grateful to Morgan and our 80+ other Partner Colleges across the United States for giving our immigrant youth the opportunity to pursue a college education and contribute to the future of America.”
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 7,500 college scholarships to DREAMers attending 70 partner colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC. We believe that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s future.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified high research (R2) institution offering more than 140 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, and the only university to have its entire campus designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.
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