Phoenix, AZ – October 1, 2015 - The Arizona Dream Builder Foundation (ADBF) announced the opening of its2015-16 Dream Scholarship Program. This annual scholarship is designed to help the next generation of social change leaders effectively gain a college education and workforce skills. The program is open to all Arizona high school graduating seniors. To qualify, students must have earned a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.50; graduate from an Arizona high school this academic year (between 12/1/15 of by 8/31/16); and plan to enroll in a two or four year college or university in fall, 2016. Applicants must complete an application with a list of school and community activities; write an essay focusing on their commitment to service and social change; and provide two letters of recommendation from school or community leaders. The application process is open through November 16, 2015. Dream Scholars will be selected by a panel of judges and awarded at the Foundation’s annual Arizona Dream Dinner on February 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Camby Hotel (formerly the Ritz-Carlton) in Phoenix, Arizona. The winning students will each receive a $4,000 college scholarship to be used for college related expenses and a $2,500 summer paid internship. To apply for a Dream Scholarship visit: http://azdreambuilder.org/dream-scholarship.

The Arizona Dream Builder Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established to provide educational and workforce readiness opportunities to youth in Arizona for the purpose of cultivating life-long leaders for social justice who, through their actions, will strengthen their community and our state while building a culture of service.

Since its inception in 2008 over 1500 High School seniors have applied to the Dream Scholar program and 24 Dream Scholars have received a four year scholarship award, totaling $96,000 in scholarship funds. In 2009, Arizona Dream Builder Foundation implemented the Dream Intern program, which provides 8-week paid Internships to select Arizona High School graduates. As of June 2015, 50 Dream Interns have been placed with 8 companies, accounting for over 16000 hours of work skills development and over $125,000 earned in wages by its students.

For more information about the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation including the Dream Scholar and Dream Intern programs or to purchase tickets to the 8th Annual Dream Dinner, visit www.azdreambuilder.org or call 480-744-6293.

Posted: October 07, 2015
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