DREAM Scholars

This Giving Tuesday, help Achieving the Dream empower the next generation of student leaders and donate to the DREAM Scholars fund on November 30, 2021.

Giving Tuesday: You Give, ATD Matches. Dollar for Dollar.

With your help, every dollar raised will support each 2022 DREAM Scholar on their educational journey. This year, your contributions will also be doubled with a 100% match from Achieving the Dream, using the financial gift ATD received from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

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DREAM Scholars Program

Students are at the center of our work. Our network of more than 300 community colleges improves outcomes for more than 4 million students as we partner with institutions to strengthen their capacity as profoundly accessible hubs of equitable learning, credentialing, and economic opportunity.

The DREAM Student Scholars program is an experiential learning opportunity for community college students designed to enhance leadership, critical thinking, and networking skills. Every year, up to eight DREAM Scholars are selected through a competitive application process to participate in a learning experience that culminates in attending and sharing their experiences at DREAM, our annual convening.

DREAM Scholars are nominated from across the ATD Network of community colleges and selected for their leadership, initiative, and commitment to improving higher education.

(Applications for the 2022 DREAM Scholars program were due Friday, November 19, 2021.)

Scholarships help DREAMS come true 

DREAM Scholars are resilient community college students, determined to reach their goals and lift up their communities. This year COVID-19 has taken a toll on millions of Americans attending community colleges, and it’s more important than ever to support the inspiring student leaders who are working hard to make a difference in their communities.

Each year we honor eight new Scholars with a scholarship that is awarded at our annual convening, DREAM. Will you help us support these outstanding students? Scholarship funds can be used to continue to complete their associate degree work, or to apply toward a bachelor’s degree.

Thank you for your support and for all that you do to ensure that all students can thrive despite educational, personal, or financial obstacles.

Donate to the DREAM Scholars fund 

Past DREAM Scholars

Meet the 2021 DREAM Scholars here. View their "I Am From" recordings.

Meet the 2020 DREAM Scholars here. View their "I AM FROM" recordings. A short video featuring highlights from our ATD DREAM 2020 Student Scholars' “I Am From” poems knits together the story of 'persistence, motivation, and resiliency that we see so often among community college students across America.


Meet the 2019 DREAM Scholars here.

Meet the 2018 DREAM Scholars here.





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