A new scholarship program will fund 500 immigrant students who are unable to attend college in their home states.
TheDream.US, a scholarship program for undocumented students who came to the country as children, will fund students from states that would require them to pay out-of-state tuition -- or bar them from enrolling in college at all.
Those selected will attend college at Eastern Connecticut State University or Delaware State University. Students will receive up to $80,000 for tuition, fees, on-campus housing and meals. In addition to the 500 scholarships, TheDream.US will also provide 100 scholarships of up to $7,250 for in-state immigrant students attending either university.
"We're pleased to take part in this program and do what we can to give hardworking students the chance to succeed," Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement. "Our state stands to benefit from welcoming them -- along with their talents and potential -- to our communities and to our schools."
“These students will make Delaware State a stronger institution for everyone, and I am thrilled that we are welcoming these talented young people to Delaware,” that state's governor, Jack Markell, said in a statement.
The scholarships will be announced at the end of June, and they will go to students in 16 states: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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