This report provides an in-depth review and assessment of Invest in the Dream, E4FC’s national initiative that encourages scholarship organizations to create or expand scholarship programs supporting undocumented students.
Launched in 2014, Invest in the Dreamhas awarded $750,000 to scholarship providers in sixteen states. These grants have leveraged an additional $750,000 in matching funds from local donors and other sources, for a total of $1.5 million in new scholarship support for over 200 undocumented students. Invest in the Dream has also created and nurtured a national learning community of scholarship professionals and volunteers, many of whom are working in very challenging political environments.
The report includes comments and insights from twenty informants, including thirteen grantee representatives, four scholarship recipients and three funding partners, all of whom offer candid assessments of the initiative’s impact and lessons learned. It also includes brief profiles of four students and two matching grant donors.
This report offers important findings and insights for funders, scholarship providers and advocates who want to advance educational opportunity for undocumented students. It tells the compelling story of a relentlessly determined group of young people and the committed supporters who have invested in their future.