For Immediate Release: November 29, 2021
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Washington, DC - Farmingdale State College and TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, today announced a new partnership to provide scholarships for New York immigrant youth to achieve their higher education dreams. Farmingdale is the first TheDream.US Partner College on Long Island and the first institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system - the largest public higher education system in the country. The partnership is consistent with SUNY’s and Farmingdale State College’s long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The new partnership announcement follows the recent opening of TheDream.US new Scholarship round for the 2022-2023 academic year, which started on November 1, 2021, and will run through the end of February 2022. For this year’s application round, TheDream.US has announced a goal to enroll 1,500 new National Scholars - a 50 percent increase in scholarships awarded compared to past Scholarship rounds. Visit TheDream.US National Scholarship website for application and eligibility information.

To reach this ambitious goal, TheDream.US has updated its Scholarship eligibility criteria to allow more DREAMers to apply. Applications are open to immigrant youth with or without DACA or TPS who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and before Nov. 1, 2016. We welcome all undocumented students who meet our eligibility criteria to apply. New York Scholars interested in applying to Farmingdale State College would apply for TheDream.US National Scholarship, to support DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. The award covers tuition, fees, books, and supplies of up to $37,000 for first-time college students and $31,000 for community college graduates.

President of Farmingdale State College, John S. Nader, PhD stated, “Farmingdale State College and TheDream.US share a common mission. This partnership underscores the College’s long and successful commitment to reach talented students who often lack opportunity. That is why this affiliation is such a point of pride for Farmingdale State College. As a leading engine of opportunity for students in the region and in SUNY, we are particularly proud to be partnering with TheDream.US.”

According to Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US: “We are grateful for the new partnership with Farmingdale State College to provide additional New York DREAMers the opportunity to pursue their higher education and career dreams. Time and time again, our graduates’ successes show why expanding access to higher education and stabilizing DREAMers’ futures is good for our country. Despite the many obstacles DREAMers face, they continue to persevere and work hard to achieve their education goals and pursue a meaningful career. We want to thank Farmingdale State College and the rest of our Partner Colleges in New York and across America for giving immigrant youth the opportunity to pursue their higher education and career dreams and contribute to the future of our country.”

About Farmingdale State College

Dedicated to student success, Farmingdale State College (FSC) is a recognized leader in applied learning. With nearly 10,000 students, FSC delivers exceptional student outcomes and opportunities through teaching, scholarship and applied research for Long Island, New York, and beyond. As the first institution of public higher education on Long Island and one of the largest institutions in the State University of New York system, FSC’s commitment to student-centered learning and inclusiveness is unparalleled, preparing graduates to be exemplary citizens equipped to excel in a competitive, diverse, and technically dynamic society. Farmingdale prepares emerging leaders in the growing technology, engineering, business, and health care fields and has long been a cornerstone of the region’s economy with 96% of graduates working in New York State and 75% working on Long Island. The College is home to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, which supports the development of biotech start-up companies and partners with surrounding businesses and research institutions along the vibrant Route 110 business corridor. FSC proudly hosts one of New York State’s leading Small Business Development Centers which provides professional business advisement, education, network resources, and advocates for small business and entrepreneurs. Learn more about Farmingdale.

About TheDream.US

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 7,500 college scholarships to DREAMers attending 70+ partner colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC. We believe that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s future.

TheDream.US has over 2,100 graduates who are driven, resilient, and helping move our shared country forward. They are nurses, teachers, authors, computer scientists, research scientists, business entrepreneurs, nurses, policy analysts, social justice workers – all contributing to the social and economic prosperity of this country. Their stories are ones of resilience and determination. Meet some of TheDream.US graduates and their stories.