Dreamer Scholarship

Due to the support of generous donors, the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives is excited to announce the creation of a new Dreamer Scholarship. If you are facing a hardship inhibiting degree completion, the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) stands ready to assist you.

The Dreamer Scholarship, administered through the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, is available to students who cannot meet immediate, essential expenses due to hardship or emergency situations. Our goal is to provide flexible assistance in a timely manner to help students continue their studies at the University of Michigan.

The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives will review all requests for funds but may be unable to accommodate all requests. In these cases, OAMI staff will work with students to identify other available resources and/or alternative solutions to their needs.

Qualifying Expenses for the Scholarship

Examples of expenses for which funds could be available include (but are not limited to):

  • Food insecurity
  • Tuition and other university fees
  • Books associated with university courses
  • Conference registration/travel associated with area of study
  • Technology used for educational purposes
  • Legal fees and court costs
  • Rent (normally one month) and/or utility bills due to unexpected financial hardship
  • Travel expenses to return home due to a family or other emergency Emergency medical treatment/medication when the student has no ability to pay and the costs cannot be covered by insurance
  • Emergency temporary lodging for students who find themselves homeless or unsafe in their current dwelling
  • Personal belongings lost in a fire, flood, or other disaster impacting a student’s home
  • Therapy or counseling sessions

Supporting Documentation

Our scholarship is administered through the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). Eligibility for funding is determined in consultation with the OFA. As such, OFA requires documentation for certain expenses in order to approve funds or increase a student’s Cost of Attendance for many of the needs students are facing. Supporting documentation (receipts) is needed for the following expenses:

  • Travel (i.e. plane or train ticket, gas receipts)
  • Technology (i.e. laptop, chargers)
  • Medical Expenses (i.e. procedure, medication)

Eligibility Requirements

This scholarship is intended to support undocumented students or students with DACA status. Undergraduate and graduate students attending UM Ann Arbor are welcome to apply. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

The time to approve applications varies on a case-by-case basis. If all information and documentation are present, the process may take less time, but if more information or documentation is needed, it may take longer. Scholarship applications are reviewed by the OAMI Undocu Initiative Committee.

How do I apply?

  • Follow the link below to complete the Dreamer Scholarship application.
  • Once you are on our application page, click the “Programs” button on the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Scroll down until you OAMI Dreamer Scholarship Application and click the “More” button.
  • Once you have clicked “More” you should see a button that says “Apply”.
  • Click “Apply” and complete the associated application.
  • Once the form is complete, finalize your application by clicking the “Submit” button.

You can also contact Hector Galvan at the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives by phone (734-936-1055), or email (hgalvan@umich.edu) if you have any questions pertaining to the scholarship.

Review Process

  • Applications for the fall semester are due Friday, November 3rd at 11:59 PM.
  • Scholarship Applications will be reviewed once during the Fall semester and once during the Winter semester.
  • The first round of applications will be reviewed in November, and the second round will be reviewed in February.
  • You may receive communication from us, particularly if we need to clarify any items in your application or your financial aid package.

How will scholarship funds be distributed?

Normally funds are disbursed to a student’s account within one or two weeks after the funding approval. Funds will generally appear in a student’s bank account in 2-3 business days from when they are disbursed. The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship funds to the student’s bank account (if direct deposit has been set up) or by check to the student’s listed address. If mailed, the check will generally arrive within a few business days but is subject to factors such as holidays and distance.

Do you have questions?

If you have further questions about the Dreamer Scholarship, the application process, or your unique situation, please contact Hector Galvan via email at hgalvan@umich.edu or by phone at 734-936-1055.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Who is eligible to apply?
Only DACA students and undocumented students.
2I am a student at U-M Flint or U-M Dearborn. Can I apply?
This scholarship is only available to UM Ann Arbor students.
3Is this a merit-based scholarship?
This is not a merit-based scholarship. However, student must be currently enrolled at the University.
4Do I need to complete a FAFSA or CSS Profile to be eligible?
Student must have CSS profile completed through the Office of Financial Aid.
5What happens if I cannot provide supporting documentation at this time?
Please complete the application to the best of your ability, and then we will follow up with more information.