Achieving the Dream Announces Eight Community College Students Selected as 2022 DREAM Scholars

SILVER SPRING, MD — Achieving the Dream (ATD) today announced that eight ATD Network community college students have been chosen as 2022 DREAM Scholars. Included among them are one Tribal College and University student and one student from a Gateway to College program, which merged with ATD in 2019.

The Scholars, chosen through a competitive application process, will participate in ATD’s 2022 DREAM Student Scholars program which provides tailored leadership development and networking opportunities. Each Scholar will present at DREAM 2022, lending their voice and perspective to an audience of higher education leaders, practitioners, and advocates.

The 2022 DREAM Student Scholars are:

  • Adrian Bell — College of Southern Nevada (NV)
  • Talia Christian — Northeast Lakeview College (TX)
  • Sarah Hite — Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (WI)
  • Diego Horisberger — Tunxis Community College (CT)
  • Zennia Nesmith — Chattanooga State Community College (TN)
  • Kalolaine Uhila — Iḷisaġvik College (AK)
  • Ashley Valdez-Ibarra — Front Range Community College (CO)
  • Brandon Woodall — Lorain County Community College (OH)

During the conference, the Scholars will meet with community college leaders, share their educational experiences, and attend sessions focused on improving student success. Their DREAM experience includes individual presentations where Scholars share what they have learned during the week, while providing additional insight about how their ATD Network institution works to improve student success and completion and close equity gaps for historically underserved student populations. Additionally, each 2022 DREAM Scholar will receive a scholarship to support their educational or personal journey.

About the DREAM Scholars:
The DREAM Student Scholars program is an experiential learning opportunity for community college students designed to enhance leadership, critical thinking, and networking skills. In addition to the scholars’ learning experience, the program integrates dynamic student voices into Achieving the Dream’s annual DREAM conference. The program is funded by private gifts from ATD Network members, ATD employees, coaches, Board members, and partners and friends of ATD. This year, Achieving the Dream matched donations given to the DREAM Scholars fund using the financial gift the organization received from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott in June 2021.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 300 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 45 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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