DREAM Scholars

Students are at the center of our work. Our growing national network of community colleges improves student success for more than 4 million students. Our commitment has been, since our inception in 2004, to be a catalyst for providing ways for colleges to strengthen and build their capacity to ensure that more students complete their college education and have more opportunity for economic success.

DREAM Scholars Program

Achieving the Dream’s DREAM Scholars program is a student engagement and professional development opportunity for students from active Achieving the Dream Network institutions. The DREAM Scholars program is a robust learning experience for student leaders looking to make a difference on their campus and in their communities. In addition to the learning experience provided to students, the DREAM Scholars program integrates student voice and student experience into Achieving the Dream’s annual DREAM conference.

Scholarships help DREAMS come true 

Achieving the Dream’s 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.

to the DREAM Scholars fund.

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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