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Undocumented Students & TheDream.US Scholars


Trinity proudly welcomes Dreamers and encourages all eligible students to apply for TheDream.US Scholarships.


  • Trinity Washington University is committed to developing all TheDream.US Scholars and Undocumented Students by fostering a holistic and solution-focused approach and providing a community of support, campus resources, and collaborative care with the tools for scholars to thrive academically, personally, and professionally. 

Program Goals

  • To provide personalized assistance with academic, personal, career, and graduate school readiness goals
  • To provide a community of support and a genuine support system to all scholars
  • To provide a diverse range of experience in leadership development and career readiness to enhance their skills and abilities for the workforce

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Need More Information

Email or contact Janet Perez-Aguilera, Director of The Dream.US Partnership & Advisor to Dreamers, at | 202-884-9259 or secure a meeting via Starfish.

Interest Form

Interested in Trinity’s Services for undocumented students and TheDream.US scholars? Fill out our interest form and we will be in touch!

TheDream.US & Trinity Scholarships

Offered through TheDream.US and Trinity Washington University partnership

Opportunity Scholarship

Open to undocumented students who live in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Ohio, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

The Opportunity Scholarship Award will cover your tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meals at one of the Partner Colleges up to a maximum of $80,000 for a bachelor’s degree. 

The Award is renewable each year – you simply need to renew each year and meet the continuing eligibility criteria, which includes continuous full-time enrollment.

Application Period

  • Opens – November 1st
  • Deadline – January 31st 
  • Award Notification- Late March 

National Scholarship

Open to undocumented students who are residents of Washington D.C, Virginia, and Maryland. 

The National Scholarship Award covers your tuition and fees up to a maximum of $16,500 for an associate degree and $33,000 for a bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges 

The Award is renewable each year – you simply need to renew each year and meet the continuing eligibility criteria, which includes continuous full-time enrollment.

Application Period

  • Opens – November 1st
  • Deadline– February 28th 
  • Award Notification- Late April

Undocumented/Dreamer External Scholarships

List of organizations and advocacy groups that provide a list of scholarships and resources

  • My Undocumented Life
    Scholarship Information & Resources for Undocumented Students
  • Immigrants Rising
    Empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional, and policy transformation.
  • Higher Ed Immigration Portal | Scholarship & Fellowship Directory for Undocumented Students
    The Higher Ed Immigration Portal (the Portal) is a platform that integrates data, policy analysis, and resources to support DACA and undocumented, refugee, other immigrant, and international students.
    MALDEF works to secure equitable educational outcomes for students in K-12 schools and to ensure Latino students have equal access and success in higher education.
  • United We Dream | Latest Scholarships
    List of the latest scholarships open to undocumented students and/or DACA recipients.
  • DREAMer Roadmap
    A mobile app designed to help DREAMers find and track available scholarship opportunities across the nation.
  • Scholarship America | The Dream Award
    The Scholarship America Dream Award is designed to help you keep moving toward your degree by providing awards that stay with you. Students who have completed at least a year of college can earn Dream Award scholarships of $5,000 to $15,000 per year, renewable for up to three years. Open to only DACA recipients.
  • JLV College Counseling
    List of scholarships specifically for undocumented students, while others are open to all students, no matter their citizenship.
  • Chicano Organizing and Research in Education | Que Llueva Café Scholarship Program
    This scholarship program is open to undocumented students in all states who are enrolling for the first time in an accredited college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico. Applicants cannot be current college students.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSP) | Scholar Program Application
    Scholars are selected based on merit. Award amounts range from $500 – $5,000, based on relative need. Open to DACA holders.


Trinity takes pride in its culture of care! If you need help of almost any kind, Trinity is here to support your unique needs – through emergency student assistance grants, we can help you afford your text books, transportation, and more.

We support you with challenges of managing the conflicting demands of school, work and family. Many students benefit from our counseling and academic support services that give extra encouragement when needed. The Student Parent Alliance provides a safe space for parents to communicate, discuss challenges and hardships, celebrate our joys and achievements, and advocate for a welcoming environment on campus.

Academic Advising & Director of TheDream.US Partnership

Janet Perez-Aguilera
Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
Director of The Dream.US Partnership & Advisor to Dreamers
Trinity Washington University, College of Arts & Sciences
Office: Main 214 | Phone: (202) 884-9259 | 
Confirm a meeting with Janet via Starfish; CLICK HERE!

Janet Perez-Aguilera has over a decade of work experience in higher education, during which she has focused on advocating for first-generation & low-income, current & former foster youth, undocumented, transfer, post-traditional, and student parents. She is passionate about uplifting underserved student communities by providing holistic support to help them thrive in college and personally. Ms. Perez-Aguilera completed her Masters of Science in Counseling in Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) at California State University, Long Beach, and her Bachelors of Science in Human Services from California State University Fullerton (Go Titans!). Ms. Perez-Aguilera is a seasoned counselor and has dedicated her career to developing programs, initiatives, and resources to achieve a more equitable higher education.

TheDream.US Internship Funding & DREAM Fellowship

Fall 2023 | DREAM Fellowship Funding Application

  • First Round Deadline: Friday, Sept 15th, 2023
  • Second Round Deadline: Friday, Oct 6th, 2023

Fall 2023 | TheDream.US Internship Funding Application

  • First Round Deadline: Friday, Sept 22nd, 2023
  • Second Round Deadline: Friday, Oct 1st, 2023

Health and Wellness

Your health and wellness is a priority for Trinity! Promote your physical and emotional wellbeing by join one of our five NCAA Division III sports teams, or take cardio classes and exercise at the Trinity Center, our fully-equipped gym.

Conveniently located on campus, our Health and Wellness Center offers medical services, counseling, immunizations, and wellness classes.

Engagement and Clubs

Participate in Student Government and clubs – a great way to connect with your Trinity sisters, have fun, and hone leadership skills! Have ideas for campus events? These student-led groups are your chance to do so.

Develop journalism skills and develop stories about the latest campus happenings by writing for The Trinity Times, our online student newspaper – and improve your writing and critical thinking skills.

Spirituality and Community Service

Drawing on Trinity’s Catholic foundation, the Campus Ministry office nourishes your spirit and faith with  interfaith activities that support your spiritual development!

Discover ways to give back to your community through Campus Ministry activities that will connect you with service-oriented organizations and promote your values through action for social justice.

Career Development

Workshops and job fairs organized by Trinity’s Office of Career Services provides career planning services to prepare you for a successful transition from college to career. It also offers assistance with resume writing, interview preparation and job placements.

Internships are an essential part of Trinity’s many major programs and provide networking opportunities and many lead to rewarding careers!

Advocacy and Activism

Trinity supports students who have interests in engaging in activism! You will have opportunities for internships and fellowships at social-justice, environmental, economic organizations creating real change in our world. Campus organizations such as the Black Student Alliance, and Butterfly Network, – Trinity’s support network for undocumented students – are among our most active clubs, and are just two examples way in which students are using their voices to propel social change.

Food and Housing

Living on-campus is cost-effective and one of the best ways to engage in campus life! You’ll live in one of four on-campus residence halls, with professional resident coordinators who provide mentoring, support and fun activities like karaoke, ice cream socials, and a book club.

Choose from two dining options on campus. The centrally-located dining hall offers all-you-care-to-eat meals with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as a beautiful space to gather with friends and dine with your professors. The grab-and-go deli in Main Hall is a convenient option when you’re on your way to class.

Since 2014, Trinity has been a pioneering partner college of TheDream.US, steadfastly championing and fostering a nurturing environment for all TheDream.US Scholars & Undocumented students.

During the Fall of 2022, we teamed up with TheDream.US and Parker Dewey to procure funding for internships for five TheDream.US Scholars. Additionally, in the Spring of 2023, we provided funding for six scholars to ensure they received payment.

Thanks to the Meyer Foundation Grant and their generous donation, five Trinity Dreamers were granted summer internship stipends.

Undocumented Off-Campus Resources

Legal Services

Meet Your Network of Support at Trinity

Questions about applying to Trinity? We’re here to help!

Janet Perez-Aguilera
Student Success Advisor
Martha Molina
Director Of Financial Aid
Jessica Izara-Rosales
Senior Enrollment Recruiter for the College of Arts and Sciences
Make an Appointment!