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Applications for the new DREAM fund scholarship in Illinois will begin Thursday, November 1. The DREAM fund was created by state legislation and passed in 2011. Special focus will be given to students who don’t have legal status.
“The fund has raised $500,000 in private donations so far. Immigrant students attending two-year colleges are eligible to apply for $2,000 scholarships and those attending four-year institutions can apply for $6,000.
Some critics of the scholarship fund have suggested that it could lead to more illegal immigration, which Illinois officials dismissed.
“We are trying to take care of the immigrants who are here,” Cabrera said. “We are trying to provide them access. It’s unfortunate that others don’t recognize that.””