Miami Dade College will welcome more than 100 new DREAMers to the community this fall, thanks to TheDream.US scholarship. Worth a total of $30 million, the scholarship was awarded to over 1,200 undocumented students across the nation this year. Since 2013, MDC has been a proud co-founder of this initiative. The scholarship is the nation’s largest college access program, supporting the children of undocumented immigrants. These students have political immunity, protected under the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), yet do not qualify for financial aid. This gives them a tremendous disadvantage when considering where to pursue a college education. “The DREAMer movement began at MDC when a group of undocumented students walked to Washington, D.C., to state their case before Congress,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “These students – the DREAMers – are hard-working, dedicated and motivated. These scholarships will change the lives of many DREAMers and enable them to fully contribute to our great nation.” As part of its commitment to promoting educational opportunities for immigrants, MDC hosted FLYi Fest, an inaugural event aimed at helping new immigrants acclimate to life in the United States. MDC has a diverse student population, graduating more minority students than any other college in the United States. Hispanics make up 71 percent of MDC’s credit enrollment, while 22 percent of credit students are resident aliens.
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