The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship Application

The Anhelo Project is a non-for-profit organization that consists of a group of student leaders and professionals from various educational institutions and community based organizations in Chicago. Our goal is to support undocumented students, many of whom despite growing up in the United States and earning a high school diploma, continuously face challenging roadblocks when pursuing a post-secondary education. One major obstacle being financial need due to ineligibility to apply for federal and state financial aid.

The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship will be awarded to deserving undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate leadership, academic competitiveness, community involvement, and financial need.


* Be an Illinois resident attending a college or university located within the State of Illinois.

* An undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time for the Spring 2018/Fall 2018 semester at an accredited college or university located in the State of Illinois.

* Be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA minimum of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.

* Should demonstrate leadership through community involvement either on and/or off campus.

* Must demonstrate ineligibility for federal financial assistance and financial hardships for Spring 2018 semester and 2018-2019 Academic year.

* The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship recipients must commit 20 hours of volunteer time to The Anhelo Project events during the following academic year.

* Holders of F-1 student visas and international students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

* DACA recipients are eligible to apply due to ineligibility for federal financial assistance.


1. The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship Application (must be submitted online by January 26, 2018 at 11:59PM).

2. Two Letters of recommendation on letterhead: 

* One from an advisor, counselor, professor or college administrator stating your academic success.

* One from an advisor, professor, college administrator or community organization stating how your undocumented status has impacted your financial hardships for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Both letters need be signed and submitted by recommender, in PDF format to by January 26, 2018 at 11:59PM.

3. Copy of academic history or unofficial transcripts will be accepted.

4. Resume or CV.

5. Proof of income - a scanned copy, of your (and spouse’s if applicable) and/or your parents’ 2016 Federal income tax returns and W2 forms (NO EXCEPTIONS). If you were born after January 1, 1993 you must submit parent income tax forms and W2's.

6. Signed Checklist.

Applicants must submit the supporting documents in PDF format to by January 26, 2018 at 11:59PM. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.


Please read our Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Dream Scholarship.

NOTE: As part of the Dream Scholarship Application process, make sure you complete the Dream Scholarship Application, download the Checklist, sign, date and submit. We want to make sure your application is submitted successfully. 

NOTE: The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship is not to be confused with the Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship - for information on the Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship, please visit