May 29, 2024

The Partner College Weekly



Preparing Scholars for Renewals

Scholarship Renewal Forms go live next Monday, June 3. We are sending reminders to Scholars today.


With a record 3,700+ Scholars eligible to renew this year, we encourage you to reach out to Scholars as well. It is essential for Graduates to also complete the Renewal Form by declining their Renewal and providing accurate graduation info. Please see sample email here.


Reminder: Please identify Scholars eligible to renew by running the "PC Scholar Report" in your ISTS PC Portal (filter on column AE “Renewal Eligibility” and select “2024-25 – Eligible to Renew”).


The hard deadline to complete Renewal Forms this year is Monday, June 24.

Confirm Your Mailing Address for New Scholar Swag

Please update/confirm your mailing address to receive the 2024-2025 New Scholar Swag. 

Find your campus on this list and confirm the address we already have or update the information as needed. 

Deadline: Friday, June 28th, 5 pm PT.


Our New Scholars love getting their swag at in-person Orientations and watch-parties for the New Scholar Welcome!

Submit Summer Term EVRs

The Partner Colleges on this list can begin submitting Summer term EVRs once terms have started and classes are set. Note: Newly awarded Scholars are eligible for Summer funds, and can be included in this EVR.


Please make sure to read all the way through the instructions or watch the 5-min tutorial video to get a refresher on the process. These can be found in the Program Management section of our website.


The deadline to submit the Summer EVR is July 31, 2024.


Scholar Survey Leaderboard - 4 Days to Go!

Attention Scholar Advisors:


Scholars must complete their Annual Scholar Survey before Renewals. With only 4 days left, we are texting, emailing, and calling our Scholars who have yet to complete their Survey.


Please continue to help us ensure every voice is heard. We have now heard from just over 50% of Scholars. The insights gathered from this survey fuel our programming, fundraising, and advocacy efforts. It’s an essential commitment Scholars make each year, impacting the future of our initiatives.


"Race to Be the Best" Campaign Continues

Last week, we were excited to launch the "Race to Be the Best" campaign! This initiative aims to motivate and support you and the Scholars in completing the survey. The top 5 colleges with the highest response rates (click image to enlarge) will win exclusive TheDream.US T-shirts and earn bragging rights as the most caring and engaged Scholars! Rankings have been changing since last week. Show your college pride and aim for the top spot. Each winning college can receive up to 100 T-shirts.

Recap May PC Power Hour: Annual Scholarship Renewals, On-Campus Orientations and Summer Programming

For our last PC Power Hour this Spring, two of our Partner Colleges shared their high-impact New Scholar Orientation practices to engage Scholars on-campus. We also provided detailed guidance on managing the upcoming Scholarship Renewal process and what to expect for Scholar Programming this Summer, including our Summer Career Series. 


Here are the links to the presentation and session recording, with links to useful tools and resources for you.


See past PC Power Hour Recordings and Presentations here.  


Looking Ahead: 

We will take a break in June and will return July 30th at our usual time!

Last Chance to Appeal for Ineligible Scholars

We are sending final reminders to Scholars who are no longer eligible for TheDream.US Scholarship as of the end of Spring 2024 for the following reasons:

  • Maxed out of funds
  • Scholarship withdrawn due to no enrollment
  • Timed out


This is their last chance to appeal their eligibility via TheDream.US Request Form, if appropriate. 


Questions? Contact

PC Career Development Event Fund (Apply now, while funds last)

Apply for up to $2,000 to host your own Career Development Event for Scholars regardless of work authorization. Events should focus on NEBOS, entrepreneurship, small business ownership, and independent contract work.

Check out our toolkit for helpful suggestions on event structures and key learning objectives. Application link here

You can apply now to reserve your funds for a summer or fall event. If you have questions, please contact


New Scholar Onboarding

New Scholars will receive 5 bi-weekly onboarding emails containing key information to get them started as a TheDream.US Scholar. These emails will be posted on the "New Scholar Central" page on our website for reference. The next email will be sent on Weds, June 5th.


Our Annual New Scholar Welcome will be held on Thursday, August 8th at 2:00 pm ET. More details to come soon.


To ensure New Scholars receive all future communications, we have been reminding them to keep their email and cell phone number up-to-date in their ISTS Scholar Portal.

Graduate Loan Program Application Now Open

The Dreamers Graduate School Loan application for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open.

Please note:

  • The loan program is open to scholarship recipients of TheDream.US, Golden Door Scholars, and Equal Chance for Education, as well as other college graduates with DACA or TPS
  • Social Finance is the fund manager and Funding U, an education lending platform, is processing the applications and originating the loans.

Heads up: TheDream.US Alumni who take out any private student loan are eligible to apply for the Graduate Loan Scholarship. The application period will be June 17th to September 3rd this year.You can find the eligibility criteria and the link in the Scholar Hub here.


Poder Latinx’s Poderosas Fellowship

Poder Latinx is a civic and social justice organization focused on strengthening the political power of the Latinx community and advocating for various justice issues. Their Poderosas Fellowship provides leadership development and inspires Latinas to increase voter participation in their communities. 

The fellowship is a 10-month program that starts in the summer and ends in the spring. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend. Eligibility requirements include being a Latina aged 18-35, living in one of 15 select states, and having a valid SSN or ITIN. 

Visit the Poder Latinx website for more information. 

Deadline to apply is June 15th.

Code the Dream Labs Apprenticeship

The Code the Dream (CTD) Labs Apprenticeship is a full-time, professional program for junior software engineers to gain real-world software development experience. The apprenticeship is competitive and requires a 1-year commitment. Apprentices receive between $30,000-$35,000 for the year. SSN and ITIN holders are eligible to apply.  

Eligibility: Only individuals who have successfully completed and passed CTD Learns (a 6-18 month free coding course program) are eligible to apply.  

Applications open at varying times throughout the year. Applicants must have a valid SSN or ITIN. College enrollment is not required. Visit the CTD Labs Apprenticeship webpage and CTD Labs Apprenticeship Requirements to learn more.

The deadline to apply for the fall 2024 trimester is July 14th.


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