Dream.US Scholars Program
An avenue of financial support that helps UCF intentionally SERVE Latino/a/x students is TheDream.US scholarship program for DACA/TPS students. While not every DACA/TPS student identifies as Latino, Latino students make up a significant segment of Dream.US Scholars at UCF. The National Scholarship Award covers tuition and fees up to a maximum of $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree and some Dream.US Scholars are also eligible for an additional stipend of up to $4,000 (or $1,000 per year) for books, supplies, and transportation. An added benefit of the scholarship program are the wrap-around services that support student participants. As the coordinating unit, the office of Multicultural Academic and Support Services hosts monthly community meetings to provide students with a support system, offers professional development workshops in partnership with other departments, and ongoing referrals to a wide range of campus resources via individual student appointments with the Dream.US Advisor.
Student: Edgar Carrasco Acosta
“Being a dreamer in the United States means having goals, aspirations, and a desire to succeed academically, socially and to live the true American Dream. UCF as a Hispanic Serving Institution has provided the avenues, through advising, resources and connections to make this dream come true.”
Edgar Carrasco Acosta
Dream.US Scholars Website: https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando
The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando is dedicated to investing in the college education of Hispanic youth in Central Florida. HHSFMO scholarships, student workshops and events are designed to help students earn their bachelor’s degrees, develop critical life skills and connect to the local community. In addition to creating opportunities for students, this investment promotes the development of a vibrant workforce, supports the local economy and strengthens the Central Florida region. The scholarship fund’s board, sponsors and partners uniquely understand the continuing need for quality education and the difference that scholarship support can have on a student’s academic success. From 2016 to 2020, 66 of the 104 (63.5%) scholarships awarded by the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando have gone to Latino students at UCF. 65 of those scholarships were for $5,000 and 1 was for $2,500, totaling $327,500. Annually, UCF students have made up over 50% of all HHSFMO awarded scholarships.