We at the Student Education and Leadership Fund (SELF) are heartbroken by President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision will devastate America’s immigrant students, many of whom contribute significantly to our communities,  and depend upon the protections offered under DACA in order to pursue higher education.


In response to the decision to end the DACA program, SELF is immediately introducing the DACA Academic Scholarship. All funds raised for this scholarship will go directly to formerly DACA-eligible students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, pursuing post-secondary programs of study. The DACA Academic Scholarship will have a secure application process that protects the applicant’s information. 


DREAMers, we recognize your strength, we thank you deeply for your contributions to this country, and we look forward to providing financial support towards achieving your educational goals. Always remember that our dreams die only when we stop chasing them. 

For more information on the DACA Academic Scholarship and other SELF Scholarships—

and to donate—please visit selfmadescholars.org/donate. To contribute specifically to the DACA Academic Scholarship, please include the word "DREAM" in the "add a note" section on the PayPal screen before you hit the "Send Money Now" button. If not otherwise indicated, all funds received will go into the general SELF scholarship fund.

In Solidarity,

The SELF Board of Directors