NAU, TheDream.US announce new partnership to support Arizona Dreamers’ pursuit of higher education

Northern Arizona University and TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college and career success program for undocumented immigrant students, today announced a new partnership to provide scholarships for Arizona immigrant youth to achieve their higher education dreams.

The partnership announcement arrives as TheDream.US new round of scholarships for the 2023-academic year gets underway, with applications open through the end of February to undocumented immigrant students with or without DACA or TPS who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and before Nov. 1, 2017.

“We are thrilled to engage in this partnership that will help meet talented Arizona Dreamers with the ability to pursue a transformative college experience at NAU,” said NAU president José Luis Cruz Rivera. “The work of TheDream.US is closely aligned with NAU’s efforts to ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach higher and fulfill their educational dreams. Through this partnership, NAU will further the will of the people of Arizona as expressed in the passage of Proposition 308 which affords Arizona Dreamers with in-state tuition and provides an invaluable pathway to upward economic mobility and social impact.”

Through the new partnership, Arizona immigrant youth will be eligible to apply for TheDream.US National Scholarship. The National Scholarship is for Dreamers who are about to graduate high school or earn a GED; current community college students; and current university students. Full eligibility information for the National Scholarship is available online. 

The award is for tuition and fees of up to $33,000 for a bachelor’s degree.

“We are excited to partner with Northern Arizona University in supporting Arizona Dreamers in their college and career aspirations,” said Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US. “Despite the many obstacles these students face, these immigrant students continue to persevere and work hard to achieve their education and career goals. 93% of our 3,000+ graduates are now working or have started their own businesses. Their successes are proof that expanding Dreamers’ access to higher education and career opportunities is good for our country’s economic growth. We are grateful to NAU and our 80+ other partner colleges across the United States for giving our immigrant youth the opportunity to pursue a college education and contribute to the future of America.”

About Northern Arizona University
Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University is a community-engaged, high-research university that delivers an exceptional student-centered experience to its nearly 28,000 students in Flagstaff, at 22 statewide campuses, and online. Building on a 123-year history of distinctive excellence, NAU aims to be the nation’s preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond. NAU is committed to meeting talent with access and excellence through its impactful academic programs and enriching experiences, paving the way to a better future for the diverse students it serves and the communities they represent.

About TheDream.US
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for undocumented immigrant students, having provided more than 8,750 college scholarships to Dreamers attending 80+ partner colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC. We believe that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s future.

Meet TheDream.US graduates
TheDream.US has over 3,000 graduates who are driven, resilient, and helping move our shared country forward. They are nurses, teachers, authors, computer scientists, research scientists, business entrepreneurs, nurses, policy analysts, social justice workers – all contributing to the social and economic prosperity of this country. Their stories are ones of resilience and determination. Meet some of TheDream.US graduates and their stories here.

NAU Communications