The Hopkinsville Community College Foundation will provide up to $4,000 in scholarships to Dreamers or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students for the 2022-2023 academic year.
“There are many people in our community who are ambitious, talented and bright, and who have graduated from local high schools, but because of circumstances surrounding their citizenship status, they are unable to apply for financial aid to pursue post-secondary education. That group of folks have been referred to as Dreamers or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students,” said Dr. Alissa Young, president and CEO of HCC.
“HCC is a place of opportunity,” she continued. “It is a place where dreams can be chased, and bright futures can be pursued.”
HCC’s Chief Institutional Advancement Officer Yvette Eastham stated initial funding for this new scholarship will be provided by a general endowment held by the HCC Foundation.
“The HCC Foundation has a director who worked three jobs to be able to pay tuition throughout his time at the college, all so that he could transfer to a four-year institution and obtain his dream and goal of a bachelor's degree,” said Eastham.
“We are acutely aware of the need in our community to help students to pursue their educational goals. We are committed to bettering the lives of all the residents in the Pennyrile, and to having open doors and providing financial support to all students who are willing to put in the academic hard work to fulfill their goals. And we will be working closely with the Latinx community, in particular, over the next months and years to grow a recurring fund to support DACA students who want to attend Hopkinsville Community College,” Eastham concluded.
To apply for the DACA scholarship, students and family members may reach out to Eastham at email@example.com or by phone at (270) 707-3731. Additionally, the HCC Foundation can receive donations to the scholarship by simply calling the number above. Gifts may also be mailed to the HCC Foundation, P.O. Box 180, Hopkinsville, KY 42241-0180.