Dream Scholar Award

Empowering and supporting undocumented Youth to gain the education they need to walk through the door of opportunity when it is opened.


Have submitted Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or received notification of DACA approval and provide a copy of the DACA approval notification or the receipt for the submission of the DACA application.

Have graduated from a High School within the NIACC service area with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher or completed HSED (formerly GED)

To be eligible to apply for subsequent years as a current NIACC student, you must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Remain continuously enrolled at NIACC
  • Remain current on all your college accounts and charges; and
  • Remain DACA eligible and, if required, reapply for DACA approved status.

Enrolled full time in a diploma or degree seeking program at North Iowa Area Community College (Fall 15/Spring 16)


Submit a Dream Scholar Award Application by July 31, 2015

Provide a copy of your DACA approval letter or the receipt for your submission of your DACA application

Provide a copy of your current high school transcript or HSED (formerly GED) diploma

Submit a letter of reference from a teacher, community member, clergy, or non-relative that speaks to your qualifications

If chosen as a finalist for the Dream Scholar Award, the applicant will be required to interview with a team of NIACC staff


Awards of $3,500 will be granted

*This award cannot be used to cover past expenses


Fill out the online application form or download the application and mail completed to:

NIACC Dream Scholar Award
500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401