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Dreamer Scholarships

Making Dreams Come True

Trinity is pleased to announce an important partnership with TheDream.US, a new national movement that provides college scholarships to enable highly motivated, low-income Dreamers to graduate with career-ready college degrees. These scholarships will make up the difference in the lost Pell grants and federal loans that Dreamers are not currently eligible to receive.

Trinity is the only private nonprofit institution, and the only university in Washington, D.C., among the 12 higher education partners announced at the launch of TheDream.US in February 2014. The colleges and universities that signed on as partners have pledged support to the mission of TheDream.US and the aspirations of Dreamer-scholars.

TheDream.US program focuses on undocumented immigrant students who, as a result of their status, are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid to support a college education. TheDream.US founders and the partner institutions are committed to providing opportunities and financial support that will allow these highly motivated students to get a college education so that they, too, can contribute to the prosperity of this nation.

Five simple steps to apply to Trinity as a potential Dreamer Scholar:

  • Apply to Trinity if you have not already done so.
  • Apply for TheDream.US Scholarship.
  • You can use your TheDream.US application essay for your Trinity application.
  • Notify both Trinity Admissions and TheDream.US that you are applying to each.*
  • Notify Trinity Admissions if you are awarded TheDream.US Scholarship.*

* Notify Trinity Admissions Office by e-mail, or call, 202-884-9400.

To be eligible for a scholarship from TheDream.US, Dreamer-applicants:

  • Must have graduated from a U.S.-based high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (or achieved a GED diploma with a score equivalent to 2.5 or higher).
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must show a strong motivation to succeed in a career-ready associate’s or bachelor’s degree program.
  • Must qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
  • Must attend a partner institution of TheDream.US. Trinity is a partner institution.
  • The current deadline to apply is March 31.

Dreamer Scholarships will cover up to 100% of a student’s total cost of tuition, fees and books and will range in size, depending upon the demonstrated financial need and tuition costs. Dreamer-scholars must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA, remain continuously enrolled and remain DACA eligible. Scholars are also eligible for an additional $1,000 to $2,000 honors award if they graduate with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

At a press conference announcing the Dreamers Scholarship program, Trinity President Patricia McGuire said:  “There’s no greater gift than the gift of a college education to lift the spirit, spark imagination and ensure prosperity. For Dreamers, however, these huge benefits too often remain a mere fantasy, a grave injustice because of short-sighted public policies on student financial aid.”  In her President’s blog, she wrote: “Dreamers Scholarships are a step forward in addressing a terrible injustice in our society….This Dreamers initiatives is also consistent with Catholic teachings on social justice and the dignity of human life.”

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507-931-1682 – Ask for the TheDream.US Scholarship Program


Contact the Trinity Office of Admissions by email at, or by phone at (202) 884-9400 or (800) 492-6882. Fax us at (202) 884-9403.



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