Citizen Student Creates Scholarship for Texas DREAMer

"Reyna is precocious about money, which her family continues to closely budget, downgrading their cellphone plans and searching for scholarships to help fund Reyna's next stop in life: college.  Her search for scholarships included one specific requirement: the applications could not require a Social Security number, which she currently does not have.  On Memorial Day, Reyna found out that she had won exactly such a scholarship from Make DREAMs Reality, a local campaign started by fellow Manor Independent School District graduate, Audrey Vivar.  The campaign was named after the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act), legislation that is intended to benefit the children of illegal immigrants who entered the United States before their 16th birthday, who are of "good moral character," and who have earned a high school diploma.  The need-based $500 scholarship is awarded to a Manor school district high school senior to help him or her pursue a post-secondary education. In support of the DREAM Act, no Social Security number was required to apply." - Austin American-Statesman, June 10, 2012.

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With donations from the owner of Good Luck Grill and others, Audrey Vivar, left, started a scholarship that was awarded to Nelly Reyna.

Photo: Alberto Martinez / American-Statesman