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 state of Iowa 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 17/Spring 18)

***If a student withdraws or enrolls in less than full time credits (12 credits = Full time student) resulting in part time status, their award may be forfeited or the amount of the award reduced as determined appropriate by the financial aid office.


Submit a Dream Scholar Award Application by August 4, 2017

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 and character

If chosen as a finalist for the Dream Scholar Award, the applicant will be required to interview with a team of NIACC staff and will be contacted the second week of August 2017 to set up a time/date.


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
c/o Valeria Gonzalez, Bilingual Enrollment Advisor
500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401

Email: along with supporting documentation as requested