North Carolina Group Keeps Dreamers’ College Goals Alive

"As a high school sophomore and DACA recipient, the connections Danny Rodas made through his mentorship program were invaluable to helping him understand the challenges he would face paying for college," Youth Today reports.  

"'I first found out I couldn’t receive [public] financial aid through public institutions' from the North Carolina Scholar Latino Initiative (NC Sli), he said. 'I was never told that until I had a conversation with other students at the Sli event.'

Having that conversation early on helped him focus on securing scholarships from private institutions, Rodas said. NC Sli also helped by providing writing workshops that helped make his scholarship essays more competitive. Today, at 21, he is a junior at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and wants to be a lawyer. He’s paying the $48,000 required for tuition and living expenses mostly through the Bonner scholarship, which is a service learning scholarship for students committed to service and with a high need for financial aid.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects undocumented immigrants who came into the United States as children from deportation.

NC Sli has helped connect many other first-generation Latino high school students like Rodas with resources and information to transition to college. It works with 125 students and their families. In 2017, all of NC Sli’s seniors graduated from high school and 90 percent of them went on to pursue college. Students got more than $1.5 million in merit-based aid."

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Publication Date: 1/23/2018

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