2018-19 DREAM Act 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 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, our firm looks to invest in a richer, more inclusive future for our country and those who seek to join it.

Our firm 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.


  • The 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 DREAM Act Scholarship will be announced Fall of 2019.

Application Deadline and Instructions

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, you must submit your completed application on or before July 30, 2019. All materials (essay, transcripts, and resume) must be submitted in one email to scholarships@thevisafirm.com.

Scholarship application emails must include the subject line: “[Applicant’s Name} – Dream Act” to be considered.

Thank you for your interest in the 2018-19 Dream Act Scholarship.