Help our UO Dreamer Students Pay for College
Help the UO Dreamers Working Group raise scholarship funds for Dreamers—University of Oregon students with Deferred Action Childhood Arrival status and those whose presence in the U.S. is undocumented. The Dreamers Scholarships are part of a university investment to ensure that all students have access to support and programming to help them be successful at the UO.
Every year in Oregon, Dreamer students transition from high school to college to continue their education. Undocumented students, including Tuition Equity and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid. They are also ineligible for many other forms of financial aid that students typically use to fund their education. It is very common for them to take a term off every year to work and raise money for tuition.
Our Dreamers are hard working, bright, determined Ducks! They are just like every other Duck. They have goals of owning their own business, working in our communities, and supporting their families. We believe nothing should stand in their way of a college degree. And though our Dreamer students face many stressors, we can help them graduate! This scholarship aims to provide some financial relief, allowing them to complete their degrees and fulfill their goal of becoming a Duck Alumni on graduation day!
In Fall 2018, over 100 donors contributed more than $37,000 toward matching a $75,000 challenge grant established by Keith Swayne, a 1962 economics graduate. Adding your generous gift during #DucksGive will help us reach this goal and ensure that all students have access to support and programming to help them be successful at the UO.
Spread the Word! The UO has nearly 200 Dreamer allies who have taken daylong trainings to better understand Dreamer student needs and experiences. Those wishing to become an ally or who would like to get in touch with an ally can email the Dreamers Working Group.
Additional resources for Dreamers and their families can be found at the UO Dreamers Working Group home page.