DREAM Iowa Scholarship: Local Organization Partners with Community Colleges To Provide Financial Support For Immigrant Students

Students signing in to the DREAM Iowa Youth Leadership Summit 2019. Photo by Tar Macias / Hola Iowa

Des Moines – DREAM Iowa has partnered with eight different Iowa community colleges to provide scholarship matching for recipients of DREAM Iowa scholarships.

The DREAM Iowa Scholarship was established in 2018 and is proudly granted by DREAM Iowa Inc (501c3). This scholarship is to provide monetary support directly to immigrant students pursuing higher education. The principal requirements for the DREAM Iowa scholarship are that the student be a high school senior or enrolled in college, demonstrate the spirit to overcome adversity, and commitment to our immigrant community.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2021. The scholarship is awarded in the fall semester.

In 2020, DREAM Iowa granted $15,000 in scholarships supporting 22 Iowa immigrant students. The non-profit awarded $10,000 through the formal application process and raffled $5000 in scholarships during DREAM Iowa’s annual Youth Leadership Summit (YLS). Youth from 33 different schools from across the state of Iowa were registered for the 2020Virtual YLS.

Funds for these scholarships were raised through a combined effort from local immigrant businesses and community members.  Iowa colleges are supporting the advancement of immigrant youth in the state of Iowa. DREAM Iowa will receive 100% matching funds towards student’s tuition at their respective participating colleges:

Clinton Community College

Des Moines Area Community College

Hawkeye Community College 

Indian Hills Community College 

Mount Mercy University

Muscatine Community College


North Iowa Area Community College


Scott Community College

DREAM Iowa invites other colleges and businesses to match the scholarship in 2021.  Colleges, businesses, and community members can contact DREAM Iowa at https://dreamiowa.us or calling 641-229-1420 or emailing at [email protected].  

Students are able to apply for the DREAM Iowa scholarship through the DREAM Iowa webpage.



A statement from Nilvia Reyes Rodriguez, Board Vice President of DREAM Iowa:

“DREAM Iowa is thrilled about this partnership we have forged with select Iowa colleges. The scholarship recipients we select every year truly embody the immigrant spirit. Reading their stories is profoundly inspirational, and we hope that by eliminating barriers, students are more equipped to achieve their dreams.”

About DREAM Iowa 

DREAM Iowa is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on building sustainability in the efforts to stimulate and carry forward the gradual shift for immigrant Iowans from generational poverty to generational wealth. DREAM Iowa carries forward this mission through our scholarship programs, annual youth leadership summit, financial capability seminars, and documenting the immigrant Iowan experience. For more information, please visit www.dreamiowa.us.

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