Faces of Dreamers: Jin Park, Rhodes Scholar

Jin Park is a senior at Harvard University and the first DACA recipient to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.

Faces of Dreamers: Cynthia Torres, Missouri Southern State University

Cynthia Torres is a DACA recipient and founder of a student organization called The Friendly Immigrant at Missouri Southern State University, which brings together undocumented students and their allies to raise awareness and funds for DACA-recipient students.

Faces of Dreamers: Linett Isela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown

DACA status helped Linett Isela Lopez pursue her goal of working with disadvantaged elementary school students, but now her dream is at risk. Like many other Dreamers, she has bounced between hope and fear as the future of DACA remains in limbo.

Faces of Dreamers: Daniela Gaona, Johns Hopkins University

Lack of funds nearly kept Daniela Gaona from achieving her dream of attending graduate school at Johns Hopkins University (MD) for a degree in mental health counseling, as dreamers are ineligible for federal financial aid or even state aid in some states. But emergency aid from her institution arrived just in time.

Faces of Dreamers: Jorge Mendez Barcelo, Woodbury University

Jorge Mendez Barcelo is a Dreamer with ambition. He has already earned a master’s degree in business administration from Woodbury University (CA) and started his own tax consultancy business. Now he has his sights set on law school.

Faces of Dreamers: Lucero Estrada, Andrea Scarios Valazquez, and Alan Platon, Incoming College Freshmen

Recent high school graduates Lucero Estrada, Andrea Scarios Valazquez, and Alan Platon faced anxiety over the uncertain future of their immigration status as Dreamers and of the DACA program during their senior year.

Faces of Dreamers: Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, Trevecca Nazarene University

Dreamers Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, best friends and fellow students at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, persevered in their studies despite wondering if it was still worth pursuing their college degrees after the 2016 elections and political winds shifting against the DACA policy.

Faces of Dreamers: Rosa Sanchez, TheDream.US Scholarship Recipient

Rosa Sanchez, a leader and top in her class, worried about affording college given that Dreamers can’t receive federal student financial aid. Thanks to a TheDream.US scholarship, she can follow her dream of studying to be a neurosurgeon.

Southern New Hampshire University, Other Institutions Commit to Helping DACA Students Afford College

Southern New Hampshire University is one of the latest higher education institutions to dedicate resources toward helping undocumented students, by promising to provide 1,000 students protected under DACA with full scholarships to pursue bachelor’s or associate’s degrees over the next five years.

Faces of Dreamers: Josh Boloña and Karen Caudillo, University of Central Florida

Two candidates for student government president at the University of Central Florida were Dreamers: engineering student Josh Boloña and international relations major Karen Caudillo.

Faces of Dreamers: Diana Umana, Smith College

Originally from El Salvador, Diana Umana, a junior at Smith College (MA), and her family have been able to live in the United States without fear of deportation thanks to DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS). But all of that changed over the past few months with the rescission of DACA in September 2017 and the subsequent move in January to end the protected status of 200,000 Salvadorans.

Faces of Dreamers: Karen Reyes of Texas and Other Teachers

Karen Reyes, who teaches deaf toddlers in Austin, TX, is one of roughly 9,000 Dreamers with DACA status who work as educators.