At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The American Dream Fellowship

The Merage Foundation awards multiple fellowships each year to graduating seniors who have immigrated to the United States. Fellows are given a $20,000 stipend ($10,000 each year for two years) with which to pursue their version of the American Dream.

Selection criteria:

  • Applicants must have attained citizen or permanent resident status by the time of application
  • Applicants must have a strong academic record
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to leadership, hard work, creativity and ethics
  • Applicants must be able to articulate how they will achieve their own American Dream and show how their goals represent an important contribution to their new home country

Recent Fellows’ American Dreams include funding:

  • A series of internships in the field of “green” building design in Europe, Asia and the Americas
  • Law school, with the goal of working in immigration and/or international law
  • The transformation of a play dealing with life as an immigrant in America into a novel (project of a U of C grad!)
  • Business school, with the goal of founding programs that mentor young women
  • A PhD program in nuclear science, with the goal of working on the issue of nuclear reactor safety and design
  • Medical school, with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon working to prevent joint deterioration

The deadline for submission of application materials for the campus application process is October 31, 2011. The College will nominate up to three students to the national competition. Interested third-year students should schedule an appointment in spring quarter with:

Norma Lopez, Adviser in the College

Harper 246

For appointments please call 773-702-8615

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