“The Dream” Scholarship Fund
Every year, SALEF (Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund) awards scholarships to Salvadoran and other students of Latin American descent. Since SALEF’s foundation in 1995 by a group of Salvadoran immigrants and activists, one of its prominent goals has been to provide educational assistance to Salvadoran and other Latino/a/x students in the United States. SALEF recognizes that for our communities to fully realize their dream of economic prosperity and political empowerment, the doors to higher education must be fully opened. In keeping with this mission, SALEF established the Dream Scholarship Fund awarding scholarships from $1,000 to $2,000.
Our goal is for students to adopt a philosophy of social responsibility by being involved in the community. SALEF highly emphasizes community engagement as a means for social change. We place special focus on helping low-income students who demonstrate leadership potential, desire, and availability to help SALEF give back to the community through community projects. Scholarship recipients are required to complete a community project (consisting of thirty-six hours) in one school year with other scholarship recipients.
The engagement projects give Salvadoran and other Latino/a/x students an opportunity to collaborate with other youth from their community. In addition, we want students to be leaders in dedication, effort, and commitment to helping others and become the next generation of leaders and professionals.
SALEF’s partners include local colleges, universities, and government officials in our area, promoting access to opportunities through informational fairs, application assistance, and financial aid information. “The Dream” is just one of a series of programs which strives to fulfill our vision.
SALEF’s mission is to advocate for the educational advancement, civic participation, leadership and economic prosperity of Salvadoran and other communities from the Americas in the U.S.; and to advance democracy and social justice in the U.S. and El Salvador.