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DSU Partners With Scholarship Program to Help Immigrant Students

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DSU is signing on to help undocumented students get an education in Delaware. (Photo: WBOC) DSU is signing on to help undocumented students get an education in Delaware. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Delaware State University and TheDream.US have announced a joint partnership that creates a scholarship program for immigrant high school graduates who have difficulty getting a college education in states where they live.

TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship is for so-called DREAMers, or immigrant children who came to the United States without documentation. The partnership is between Gov. Jack Markell, DSU, and the scholarship group to give the recipients access to the state university.

The program will give 100 undocumented students from Delaware and Connecticut the opportunity to attend college.

Markell praised the program at the announcement event Tuesday.

"This partnership will add to Delaware State's incredible legacy of creating new opportunities for students to get a great education and pursue their dreams," he said. "These students will make Delaware State a stronger institution for everyone, and I am thrilled that we are welcoming these talented young people to Delaware."

DREAMers, as they are often referred to, are students who have no control over how they ended up in the United States. They oftentimes face financial and other problems when looking at colleges because of their status.

Sadhana Singh is a TheDream.US scholarship recipient. Her family immigrated to Georgia from Guyana when she was 13-years-old.

"Georgia is one of the toughest states for immigration," she said. "They actually bar undocumented students from going to the top five colleges. So I was locked out of those colleges."

She worked for nine years after graduating 11th in her high school class, because she says she could not afford college. She heard about TheDream.US on the radio, and she applied.

"It's given me a new life where I now have hope," she told WBOC. "I now have people that are supporting me, encouraging me to go after my dreams."

The program will not cost the state any money, because the funding is coming straight from the scholarship program. It offers scholarships of up to $25,000 for a bachelor's degree.

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