Eight Students Chosen as 2020 DREAM Scholars

Silver Spring, MD (January 21, 2020) – Eight community college students from Achieving the Dream (ATD) Network colleges have been chosen as 2020 DREAM Scholars. The Scholars include one from a Tribal College and University and one from a Gateway to College program, which joined Achieving the Dream in 2019. The Scholars will participate in ATD’s 2020 DREAM Scholars program to enhance their leadership, critical thinking, and networking skills. The program culminates in a presentation by the DREAM Scholars to more than 2,000 community college leaders at ATD’s annual conference, DREAM, in National Harbor, Maryland from February 18-21, 2020.

DREAM Scholars are nominated by their institutions, submit applications that ask them to reflect on their college journeys, and undergo a rigorous selection process. During DREAM, the students meet with community college leaders, share their educational experiences, and attend sessions on improving student success, institutional governance, teaching and learning, administration, and more. Their DREAM experience includes individual presentations where Scholars share what they have learned during the week, while providing additional insight about Network colleges’ work to improve their students’ success and completion and close achievement gaps for historically underserved student populations.

The 2020 DREAM Scholars include:

  • Jacob McArthur, White Earth Tribal and Community College 
  • Miguel Lopez, Lee College
  • Mayerlies Diaz, Holyoke Community College
  • Andre Henderson, Olympic College
  • Tuan Nguyen, Northeast State Community College
  • Kendall Stephens, Community College of Philadelphia 
  • Sarah Wood, Muskegon Community College
  • Aylin Garcia, El Paso Community College

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing equity gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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