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Dreamer Population on the Rise at DSU

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DOVER, Del.- Within four years, Delaware State University has welcomed in over one hundred Dreamers. These young immigrants left the states they once called home to continue their education in the first state through thedream.us program.

Delaware State University has partnered with thedream.us to allow Dreamers students to continue their education regardless of living in states where they must pay out-of-state tuition regardless of how long they have resided there. The program offers scholarships to undocumented youth across the whole country. Most of the Dreamers at DSU are protected under DACA, Deferred Action for Children Arrivals, and TPS, Temporary Protected Status.

Program Director, Kevin Noriega, says the Dreamer Students have faced several obstacles to be able to attend college but have no choice to keep fighting and pushing to achieve their career goals.

Karen Baltazar, originally from Mexico, grew up in Wilmington, DE, but during her junior year of high school moved to Georgia. Now a senior at DSU, Baltazar is back in the state that she once called home for ten years.

“I feel like the stars aligned for me to be here today,” said Baltazar as she reflects her journey back to Delaware.

Baltazar is a part of the first cohort of Dreamers that first stepped foot on DSU’s campus back in 2016. This Fall, Baltazar has started her senior of college and hopes to continue her education after graduation to obtain a Master’s in pharmaceutical sciences.

Fast forward to today, Delaware State University has welcomed in the newest class of Dreamers – 37 to be exact – bringing the total number of Dreamers to 150 to be enrolled in the university.  

Marcos Castillo of Guatemala has lived most of his life in Kansas City, Missouri before moving to Delaware to continue his studies. Castillo is a part of the newest cohort of Dreamers. He says this opportunity has opened doors for Dreamers like himself to help pursue a career and better future. Castillo plans to major in education with the goal of becoming a Spanish teacher.

Baltazar and Castillo are two of the 150 Dreamers currently attending DSU thanks to a partnership with thedream.us that offers scholarships and support for undocumented students.

Noriega says “the program has been very successful” with a cumulative grade point average of 3.47, higher than the state average. Noriega says DSU will continue accepting and enrolling Dreamers next Fall. The application for the next round of scholarship will open in November. 

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