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Dream Project-VA                                                        Photo Above:  2013 Award Winners

      Dream Project Applications - 2014
                   Application Deadline - April 18, 2014

           The application deadline has past for 2014.

• Interviews will be held from May 3 to May 11, 2014
• Students to be awarded will be notified by May 31, 2014
• Award Ceremony: June 2014
• Disbursement of Scholarships: July 2014

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NOVA Community "Men Who Cook" Benefit for the Dream Project-VA was big success.
HERE for additional Photos & Videos.


Our Future, Together: Immigrants and the American Economy...

See story on "In The News" page


On February 6th, Rodrigo Balderrama, Dream Project mentee and Wakefield High School senior,  made a presentation at the Arlington Public Schools’ Board meeting.  He was asked to represent the Dream Project’s partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Arlington Public Schools. Rodrigo is enrolled in two NOVA  dual enrollment classes Engineering and AUTO Cad.  He  plans to study Mechanical Engineering.  He has been accepted by the University of Virginia.  This is the first time that a Dreamer has been accepted at University of Virginia. We are all proud of Rodrigo’s accomplishments!

Presentation at the Arlington Public Schools School Board meeting, February 6,2014

"Hello my name is Rodrigo Balderrama. I was born in Argentina and came to the United States at the age of 6 with my mom, grandma, and older brother. It was hard to adjust to a new culture and language. Although I had my cousins, I felt alone.  They treated me differently because I didn’t know English. But I was able to pick up on little things I heard around me and soon was able to understand and speak. As the years went by I didn’t think anyone in my school had the same documentation issues as me, until I was introduced to the Dream Project by Mr.Bitler. He was the only one in my school who knew about my problem. I didn’t know what to expect of the Dream Project, I honestly didn’t have many expectations for the program, but since the first day I noticed a couple familiar faces from my middle school and high school. I had no idea they were going through the same problems I was going through. The Dream Project had shown me college is possible for everyone.  I also learned there were people supporting us who wanted to hear our stories. Members of the Dream Project treated me differently and I felt like I was a part of a new family and was welcomed.

"I began taking dual enrollment classes in my sophomore year of high school. I didn’t understand just how much of a great opportunity it was until my Engineering and Auto-CAD teachers encouraged me to enroll and explained that I would earn college credit. I enjoyed both classes and I also got a small taste of how classes would be in college. In my engineering class, the teacher gave us an assignment where we had to redesign a lawn mower by a certain date. Our design had to meet all the requirements needed for lawn mower and we were able to design our lawn mower in a 3-D modeling program called Auto Desk Inventor. The classes were a great help, especially since they focused on the field I would like to major in, mechanical engineering. My plans for my future involve becoming an engineer or vet and my mom’s happiness. I want to have a great job so she won’t have to work a single day of her life anymore. 

"Thank you for giving me this opportunity to represent the Dream Project and speak to you this evening."
                                    Rodrigo Balderrama


Songs For A Dream
Benefit Concert
was on
March 28, 7 pm
HERE for Information

Flyer available on "In The News" Page

Dream Project-VA

Click HERE for 2013 Annual Report

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Dream Project-VA is a non-profit organization, designed to encourage and fund qualifying students in their pursuit of a college education.  Dream Project emphasizes perseverance in the face of adversity and financial need, academic promise, and commitment to community service.  Dream Project will provide college scholarships and promote access to higher education.

Dream Project-VA is registered as Dream Project, Inc., a non-profit corporation in the State of Virginia

Tax deductible contributions may be made online, via credit card or PayPal, by clicking on the Donate button, above.  Donations may also be sent by checks, payable to the Dream Project, Inc., mailed to...

Dream Project, Inc.
P.O. Box 7419
Arlington, VA 22207

(703) 942-9748

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Dream Project will work to empower youth and parents to become advocates for their families, and to gain better post-secondary opportunities to improve their lives and contribute to our global workforce.


The Dream Project Scholarship

Emphasizing perseverance in the face of adversity and financial need, academic promise, and commitment to community service.

An applicant for The Dream Project Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

- is an actively enrolled senior in good standing or graduate of a private or public High School in the commonwealth of Virginia, OR Virginia students who have successfully completed a GED;

- was born outside of the United States or has a parent born outside of the United States;
- will attend an accredited college or university; and
- has demonstrated hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one's community.

Kedron Simon

In Memory of Kedron

Donations in memory of Kedron may be made by clicking on the Donate Button below.



Arlington organization helps Dreamers go to college

By , Published: January 26

Allyson Suria was 8 years old when she came to the United States illegally from El Salvador to live with her parents. Soon after she arrived in Arlington County, her mother enrolled her in school and her father took her to get a library card.

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