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Council of Mexican Federation (COFEM) Dream Scholarship

Provider: Council of Mexican Federations

Application Deadline: September 30

Award Amount: Community College: $500; Undergraduates: $1,000

Contact Information: Application forms and detailed information available at

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be considered undocumented or must benefit from AB-540 or DACA. Also can be a member or be related to a member of a COFEM-affiliated federation or club.
  • Must be a full-time student, enrolled in at least 12 units at a 4-year institution or 2-year community college. Proof of admission and registration required.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate need for financial assistance.
  • Complete 2017-2018 applications for FAFSA, DREAM ACT, or BOG waiver and submit proof. (Print last page of application stipulating the expected Family Contribution [EFC]. This is not a condition for funding, but is highly encouraged).
  • Demonstrate involvement in the community and/or work experience.
  • Must attend school in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Inland Empire, San Bernardino and Ventura.
  • Attend mandatory 2017 Annual Scholarship Reception on Friday November 17, 2017. Students attending college outside LA County are expected to make travel arrangements to ensure their attendance at the reception. If necessary, COFEM can provide student with a letter to notify professor to excuse them from class or any other work or educational requirement. (Exceptions based on emergencies are discretionary and student's parent may be allowed to represent the student during ceremony).
  • Scholarship recipients are encouraged to volunteer 25 hours (Community College) or 50 hours (4-year College/University) with COFEM. This is part a year-long opportunity for professional development that includes involvement with administration, communications, or community organizing. There are many networking and professional opportunities on weekends such as COFEMís 2017 Annual Conference and Expo, immigration rallies, DACA clinics, and Citizenship Fairs.
  • Families of the Board of Directors and/or COFEM staff are not allowed to apply.
  • Any student that has demonstrated commitment to advancing their leadership and professional skills and has complied with the development opportunities at COFEM can apply to this scholarship for a maximum of 4 consecutive years.
  • AB-540 / DACA students are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • COFEM has the right to request proof of income for selected recipients.


Hours: 10am-5pm Monday to Friday
102 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697-2825
Tel: (949) 824-8262
Fax: (949) 824-4876 or (949) 824-6725

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