Farmingdale State College participates in a program that provides undocumented Long Island residents the opportunity to obtain a full scholarship to pursue a college education.
DREAM US will offer 10 scholarships either to new immigrants who have come here legally or to undocumented immigrants covered by the Deferred Labor Act for children.
Central Islip resident Yaguelin Alvarado was brought to the United States at the age of 13 from El Salvador. She is now working towards her criminal justice degree.
“It motivates me, their willingness to help immigrants like me achieve their dream of higher education,” says Yaquelin Alvarado.
Farmingdale State College President John Nader says they are proud to be the first public university in New York and the first college on Long Island to be invited to join the DREAM US program.
“DREAM does not work with many institutions, although it does provide millions of dollars in scholarships to support dreamers and other immigrant students,” says Nader. “And for them, their choice of Farmingdale and their desire to work without students in order to earn college degrees and launch successful careers is just a huge compliment.”
Kendra Cornejo Munoz leads the Youth Power Project at Make the Road New York and encourages all new immigrants to apply.
“It would be incredible for young people to go to university without having to work part-time, or work full-time to make ends meet,” Cornejo Munoz says.
The scholarship will be up to $37,000 and will cover the cost of tuition, books, and other fees. To date, the deferred action for child recipients has not been eligible for full scholarships.
The new scholarships will begin in fall 2022.