Dream Foundation to Award $30,000 to Students


David M. Sperling, Esq.

David M. Sperling, Esq.

David M. Sperling, Esq.

David M. Sperling, Esq.

The above pictures from the event at which the DREAM Foundation received a $30,000 on check from attorney David Sperling.

Below is the press release from the event.

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY. April 04, 2017 - The DREAM Foundation will announce a competition for $30,000 in scholarships this year to immigrant students with outstanding academic records and/or who have contributed to their communities through public service.

A news conference detailing the competition will be held on Monday April 10, 2017, 2:00 p.m., at Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Central Islip, 233 S. Research Pl., Central Islip, NY 11722. The foundation will award the two-year grants in June to incoming or current college students from Long Island who do not qualify for federal grant and loan assistance due to their immigration status.

"Immigrant students have so much to contribute, but face so many financial obstacles if they do not qualify for tuition assistance," said Adam Tavares, president of the
DMS DREAM Foundation. "With these grants, we hope to inspire the younger generation to excel in school and to pursue their dreams."

Tavares said the foundation will be granting a total of seven scholarships, including one for $15,000 and a second for $10,000. The remaining are $1,000 stipends.

The DREAM Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, which was established in 2012 by immigration lawyer David Sperling to financially support immigrant students who are ineligible for government assistance. Last year, the foundation sponsored a sold-out DREAM Cruise that featured guest speaker Dr. Harold Fernandez, a cardiac surgeon and the author of his memoir, "Undocumented."

Tavares said eligible students would include high school and college students who do not have a Green Card or U.S. Citizenship. Among those eligible are undocumented students, DACA and TPS beneficiaries, as well as anyone with a pending immigration case.

Tavares, who thanked Bethpage FCU for its generous support, said contest rules would be announced at the news conference.

About The Author

Priscillia Suntoso, Esq. is the attorney at the law office of David Sperling. David M. Sperling, Esq. is known as a powerful advocate for immigrants through his written articles and expert commentary for the media and community organizations. He and his clients have appeared in the New York Times, CNN, Univision, Telemundo, Newsday and USA Today. In 2015, Mr. Sperling was honored for his humanitarian efforts– including the David Sperling DREAM Foundation — by the National Organization of Puerto Rican and Latin American Social Workers. The Dream Foundation is a charitable organization that has awarded tens of thousands of dollars in grants to immigrant students.

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