05:12 PM

UHD Students Receive Grants for Deferred Action

Courtesy of Protectors of the Dream

A group of 20 undocumented students, including three from UHD, recently received a grant from Protectors of the Dream, a nonprofit group in Houston that pays for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals filing fees.

Protectors of the Dream paid $9,300 for the first round of students who were chosen. Apart from paying for the DACA filing fees, the nonprofit is also starting weekly meetings to inform students of volunteering and internship opportunities.

UHD students/alumni include:

  • Victor M. is 24 years old and is from Mexico. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston-Downtown in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Victor has lived in Houston since he was 8 years old. He plans to attend graduate school and get a master's degree in computer science for business management. Thereafter, he plans to open his own company in programming and video game development. One of his dreams is to help his father retire and have some time off to relax.
  • Matthew O. was born in Peru and immigrated to Houston when he was 12 years old. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. His ultimate goal is to attend medical school, become a physician, and catalyze significant changes in preventive medicine among my Latino community. Matthew believes now is the time to prove that immigrants, especially young ones like the Dreamers, are one of this nation's most promising assets. He explains that the Dreamers will dispel the belief that they came to this country to squander resources and for only personal gain.
  • Cynthia S. was born in Mexico. She came to United States at age of five and has not looked back. At the age of 26, she has already attained her associate's degree in early childhood development and will be pursuing her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston-Downtown. She is a mother of 5 children and her dream is to become a bilingual teacher and help young children.

To learn more about Protectors of the Dream, visit their website here.