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CSU Pueblo partners with TheDream.US to assist Dreamer Students

Release Date: January 18, 2023

Gena Alfonso

Director of Communications/PIO

Marketing, Communications, Community Relations

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CSU Pueblo is the newest partner college to join TheDream.US network of schools that serve undocumented migrant students. This partnership provides scholarship opportunities to cover tuition and fees for undocumented students in Southern Colorado. The university is the first Colorado institution of higher education located outside of the Denver area to receive the designation.

“We are excited to partner with Colorado State University Pueblo in supporting Colorado Dreamers in their college and career aspirations,” President of TheDream.US Candy Marshall said. “Despite the many obstacles they face, these immigrant students continue to persevere and work hard to achieve their education and career goals. Their successes are proof that expanding Dreamers’ access to higher education and career opportunities is good for our country’s economic growth. We are grateful to Colorado State University Pueblo, and our other Partner Colleges across the United States, for giving our immigrant youth the opportunity to pursue a college education and contribute to the future of America.”

TheDream.US awards up to $8,250 annually per student to pay for tuition and fees. An additional $1,500 stipend is awarded each year to offset the cost of textbooks and other costs. In total, the scholarship funds provided by TheDream.US totals nearly $39,000 of financial assistance per student, covering the cost of a bachelor’s degree at the university. To be eligible to apply for TheDream.US scholarship, undocumented students must have come to the United States before the age of 16, and have lived in the US for five consecutive years (arrived before Nov. 1, 2017). Students of any age or education level are encouraged to apply. Potential applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the program should apply for the National Scholarship before the application deadline on February 28, 2023. More information and application details are available here

“Our mission is to provide quality education that is accessible, affordable and attainable for students in Southern Colorado and the Southwest United States,” President Timothy Mottet said. “We are proud to partner with an organization that supports inclusion and provides financial assistance to our diverse student population to help them achieve their goals.”

As a partner college, Dreamers are able to attend CSU Pueblo using the scholarship funds provided by TheDream.US. These funds are specifically reserved for students who have no access to federal aid and limited access to state aid.

“TheDream.US scholarship has life-changing potential for undocumented students’ futures,” Executive Director of Admissions at CSU Pueblo, Lee Saunders, said. “CSU Pueblo is a historic Hispanic Serving Institution and is thrilled to be a Partner College for this tremendous scholarship offering.”

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for undocumented migrant youth students, having provided more than 8,750 college scholarships to Dreamers attending over 80 partner colleges. TheDream.US has over 3,000 graduates who are driven, resilient, and helping move our shared country forward. They are nurses, teachers, authors, computer scientists, business entrepreneurs, and social justice workers – all contributing to the social and economic prosperity of this country. Their stories are ones of resilience and determination. Meet some of TheDream.US graduates and their stories here. 

CSU Pueblo and The Dream.US, believe everyone, regardless of where they were born, should have equitable access to a college education, a meaningful career, and opportunities to contribute to the communities they call home. Learn more at 

Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students. With 34 percent of its students Hispanic, it is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and a military friendly university. The university is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates its people and community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world.


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