Scholarship America Dream Award

Scholarship America Dream Award

Too often, student scholarship support dries up after freshman year. Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund for students in their sophomore year and beyond — with growing, renewable awards that help ensure talented students can afford to complete the degree programs they’ve started.

We are proud to announce the twelve recipients of the 2018 Scholarship America Dream Award:

  • Jacoby Barry, a computer engineering major at Mercer University. Hometown: New Orleans, LA
  • Denis Cruz, an industrial engineering major at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • Yifan He, a data science and government major at Dartmouth College. Hometown: New York, NY
  • Chantel N. Lewis-Cummings, a mechanical engineering and business major at the University of Georgia. Hometown: Savannah, GA
  • Jaquaious Little, a computer science major at the University of Alabama. Hometown: Artesia, MS
  • Jamisen K. Moore, a biological anthropology major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Hometown:  Durham, NC
  • Miguel A. Aguirre Morales, a biology major at Wabash College. Hometown: Donna, TX
  • Rachel Muir, a government major at Dartmouth College. Hometown: Hanover, NH
  • Cynthia Namaswa, a nursing major at the University of St. Joseph. Hometown: Lebanon, CT
  • Christian E. Urrea, a public relations major at the University of Houston. Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Jacqueline Vela, a history and literature major at East Los Angeles College. Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA
  • Donja Wilkinson, a biology major at Georgia State University. Hometown: Washington, D.C.

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To apply for next year’s Dream Award, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
  • Have received a high school diploma or the equivalent from a U.S. school by September 2018.
  • Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by June 2019.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2019-20 academic year.
  • Be studying to obtain an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Demonstrate financial need.
Congratulations to the 2017-18 Dream Award Recipients! 

This class of ten exceptional students was announced at the 2017 National Dreams to Success Awards in Washington, DC. Throughout the year, we’ll be sharing their stories on our Success By Degrees blog — click any linked name below to learn more about these remarkable scholarship recipients!

These Ten Students Earned Scholarship America Dream Awards

They are: Umesh Bhandari, University of Texas at Arlington; Mikayla Bridgewater, Missouri University of Science & Technology; Yessenia Cantero Hernandez, Northern Kentucky University; April Lewis, Spelman College; Shun Lin, University of California – Berkeley; Arial Martinez, South Mountain Community College; Jorge Morales, San Francisco State University; Ezekiel Ogden, Northern Arizona University; Tiara Wills, Pratt Institute and Shanell Yenchik, Northern Arizona University.

Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing their stories here and on our social media. Follow Scholarship America on Twitter and Facebook to learn more!

About the Dream Award

The Dream Award is Scholarship America’s renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have overcome barriers and have successfully started their college education. Awards were made to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school; the scholarships are both renewable and increase in amount each year. Scholarship America provides Dream Awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 based on the individual student’s financial need. Each student’s award will increase by $1,000 each year to help them successfully finish school and earn their degrees.

Dream Award scholarships include general scholarships, STEM-specific scholarships (for study in science, technology, engineering and math-related majors), the World Journal Dream Award Scholarship for Chinese American students and the Midwest Scholars Dream Award for students in eligible states. Financial need will always be considered in determining award amounts.