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April Cockerham DREAM Act Scholarship

** The deadline has been officially extended to May 1, 2016. WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP THROUGH EMAIL: scholarships@thevisafirm.com ** 

PLEASE NOTE: HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP

The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) was first introduced in 2001 to benefit foreign aliens and their children seeking new lives and new opportunities in the United States. Although the act has not been passed by Congress, and despite resistance from many legislative and judicial bodies, executive action from President Obama enacting key portions of the DREAM Act represents progress for immigrants everywhere.

There is still much to be done, however, before immigrants can enjoy the full benefits of a clear path to U.S. citizenship, and many individuals will strive tirelessly in social, political, and legal arenas in order to achieve the necessary reforms. It takes a special kind of person to advocate for justice—a person who is willing to champion equal rights at the expense of certain privileges and exclusive beliefs held by many individuals and groups in our country. Now, more than ever, the individuals who desire to make a measurable difference in the area of immigration reform must be well educated, highly motivated, and have a hands-on understanding of the issues and policies in the U.S. and around the world.

The April Cockerham DREAM Act scholarship is designed to support individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of immigrants and other non-native individuals living in the United States. By furthering the educational goals of these unique members of our nation, Ms. Cockerham looks to invest in a richer, more inclusive future for our country and those who seek to join it.

April Cockerham is proud to offer this $500 scholarship to students pursuing any level of post-secondary education who submit materials in accordance with the following guidelines.

Eligibility

  • The April Cockerham DREAM Act Scholarship is open to any student enrolled in a community college, private or public undergraduate college or university, graduate program, business school, or law school in the United States.
  • All candidates who apply for this scholarship must be in good academic standing and possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application Requirements

  • The scholarship candidate must submit a 700-word essay or statement that considers current immigration conditions and reforms in the United States and offers at least two concrete ways that these conditions might be improved.
  • The scholarship candidate must submit a professional resumé listing past academic, professional, and volunteer experience.
  • The scholarship candidate must submit a current official transcript from his or her school. First-year college students, graduate students, or individuals who have recently transferred between schools may submit an unofficial transcript from their current institution, as well as their most recent official transcript from a prior school.
  • This cover sheet (link opens in PDF).

The winner of the April Cockerham DREAM Act Scholarship will be announced later in the year.

Application Deadline and Instructions

To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must submit their full application (including the essay, personal statement, and transcript) by fax or U.S. mail before May 1, 2016. Any applications faxed or postmarked later than this date will not be considered.

Scholarships may address their submissions to:

April Cockerham DREAM Act Scholarship
Attn: Firm Administrator
409 7th Street NW
Suite 235
Washington, DC 20004
Fax: (202) 664-1331

For questions, please email scholarships@thevisafirm.com 


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