The Anhelo Project

In September 2012 the Anhelo Project was founded as a non-for-profit organization whose mission is to address the higher education opportunity gap for low-income, underrepresented minority students in the Chicagoland area. We began our work in 2009 by establishing the Dream Gala Committee to raise money and initiate a scholarship fund. This scholarship has assisted in decreasing the financial barriers that many students experience in pursuit of their education. Through our efforts, the Dream Scholarship is available to undocumented students who reside in Illinois and attend an institution of higher education within the City of Chicago. As of today, we have awarded $30,000 in scholarships.

As a grassroots organization The Anhelo Project finds innovative means to provide an opportunity for undocumented students who find it difficult to finance their college education. We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to accomplish one’s educational goals, regardless of legal status or economic circumstances. The Anhelo Project seeks to make a positive impact in the lives of young, talented college students. Our efforts aim to increase the college graduation rates among first and second generation youth.

For the past four years, we have strived to bring together a diverse group of talented and driven activists who volunteer their time to organize the Annual DREAM Gala, our most successful fundraising event. During the event we also announce our scholarship recipients in order recognize some of our community’s outstanding young adults. At the end of the event, guests are encouraged to stand for change!

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