Watchworthy Wednesday: UCI Dreamers Take a Stand, Help Each Other

As a junior computer science major at the University of California, Irvine, she felt “hopeless” watching fellow classmates landing scholarships, federal financial aid and paid internships.

“I could not do the same things due to my status,” the student noted. Undocumented students are not eligible for most scholarships because they require U.S. citizenship or residency status. But, thanks to a fundraising effort, created and organized by UCI’s undocumented students themselves, they are raising money and awareness to help each other get through school successfully.

With the support of the campus community and generous donors, the students raised $30,000 last weekend at their second “Stars of the Future Gala.” An Indian dinner was served and UCI students entertained more than 200 guests with song, dance and spoken word performances. Proceeds will go to deserving students in the form of scholarships. The first gala, held in 2015, raised about $28,000 and 20 students benefitted, including the computer science major.

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