Target: Marcelle Good and Bob Van Pelt, Creators of the International Dreamers Scholarship Fund
Goal: Applaud creation of college scholarship for undocumented students
Having already raised $36,000, a group of five teachers who started the International Dreamers Scholarship Fund are hoping to reach $40,000 so undocumented students can go to college. At Brooklyn’s International High School, Marcelle Good and Bob Van Pelt, along with three other colleagues, saw how some of their recent immigrant students couldn’t afford to pay for college because they were undocumented, so they stepped up and created the International Dreamers Scholarship Fund. Please applaud the actions of these teachers who went beyond the call of duty.
Undocumented immigrants’ legal status disqualifies them to apply for financial aid, which many students going into higher education find absolutely necessary. Van Pelt saw how discouraging it was for undocumented students to see others awarded scholarships and federal aid when they had worked just as hard and deserved to go to college just as much. According to Van Pelt, many of the school’s students, all of whom are new to this country, cannot afford to pay for college, so even admission into a prestigious school would mean nothing without the funds for tuition.
Three undocumented students have since applied for the scholarship after being accepted into colleges. A committee unaffiliated with the school will determine how much and who the funds are awarded to. Good and Van Pelt, along with the other originators of the scholarship, look forward to fundraising for next year’s winner. Please show your support of the teachers who created the International Dreamers Scholarship Fund by signing this petition.
Dear Creators of the International Dreamers Scholarship Fund,
Thank you for all your generosity and hard work to make the International Dreamers Scholarship Fund a reality. Because of you, a student who has worked hard can afford to go to college; their undocumented legal status no longer bars the way to higher education. I commend your success at fundraising $36,000 for the deserving undocumented students of Brooklyn’s International High School.
As one of your colleagues, Bob Van Pelt, told The Huffington Post, “It doesn’t matter if you get into a fancy college if you can’t pay for it.” Since undocumented students lack the legal status to be considered eligible for receiving financial aid, sometimes college is just out of the question simply because of affordability. You saw how discouraged the students who lacked the required documentation to apply for aid, and you sought a solution.
With three applicants for the scholarship this year, I wish the best of success for the International Dreamers Scholarship Fund next year. Please continue your efforts to ensure that students will not opt out of college just because they can’t afford it.
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