On July 30, a pilot Orientation and Training session for Dream Transfer Scholarship recipients and their mentors was held at NCC. Training was conducted by one of the Norwalk Community College Foundation’s (NCCF) Board Members, Dr. Susan Weinberger.
Mentors for this program are comprised of NCCF Board members as well as community members who have a particular interest in spending time modeling behavior and sharing experiences with outstanding students.
A representative from Connecticut Students for a Dream (CT4D) provided an overview on how this nonprofit organization advocates on behalf of this unique segment of students, and shares its resources.
Transfer scholarships are awarded to high-achieving NCC graduates who make a commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.
The Dream Transfer Scholarship supports childhood immigrants who have graduated from U.S. High Schools, and graduated from NCC with a 3.0 or higher GPA, but are not yet U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, community service, and financial need. A special element of this particular scholarship is that the NCC Foundation provides a mentor to each Dream Transfer Scholarship recipient.
Thanks go to the Inisfad Foundation and an anonymous donor who recognized the special need to help undocumented students continue their education, and who made the Dream Transfer Scholarships available to these deserving students.