Posted on October 12, 2012 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Ric Elias, founder and CEO of Red Ventures, an Internet marketing firm near Charlotte, has donated $1 million to launch the Golden Scholars program, a nonprofit that will assist undocumented students in paying for the college of their choice.
Golden Scholars is currently accepting applications, and scholarships will begin to be awarded at the end of this year.
Critics of the scholarship argue the nonprofit violates immigration laws; supporters, on the other hand, are heralding it as a great supplement to the DREAM Act.
In North Carolina and many other states, undocumented students can attend public high schools but aren’t eligible for most college financial-aid programs, and are required to pay out-of-state tuition.
Elias founded Red Ventures in 2000, and it has grown to 1,400 employees in four states. It has twice been ranked among the 20 fastest-growing companies in the nation on the Inc. 500 list. Elias was also named one of the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneurs of the Year, due in part to the company’s revenue increase of 40 percent per year over the past four years.
For more to this scholarship and how to apply, visit www.goldendoorscholars.org. Deadline to apply is November 1.
Find out more about this new organization and its CEO here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/10/3587704/area-ceo-gives-1-million-to-help.html
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Posted on October 4, 2012 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
The DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act – a bill that would provide a pathway to legal status for those brought to the United States as children and have since completed high school and some college or served in the military – has been a mainstay in legislation discussions and proposals since its introduction in 2001. To understand the economic impact the DREAM Act could have if passed, the Center for American Progress created this infographic detailing how the act could add $329 billion to the U.S. economy by 2030.
(Infographic courtesy of Center for American Progress)
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Posted on August 1, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
From The Huffington Post:
Kristian Ramos–7/26/11 04:53 PM ET
In the midst of increasingly frantic debt limit negotiations, it is telling that President Barack Obama took the time to speak at the NCLR Conference. With the 2012 campaign season revving up, Obama’s willingness to take time out from the furious negotiations occurring on Capitol Hill to speak before a capacity crowd of Hispanic leaders shows that he understands exactly how important the Hispanic vote will be.
The stakes were high for the president’s speech. Secure Communities and the deportation of DREAM Act students have dulled some of the initial luster that the president had when he first took office. That is not to say that the president has not been deaf to these complaints. The president has advised the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to show greater discretion in what types of undocumented immigrants to deport. DHS has also created an internal working group within the agency to find ways to improve the many problems associated with Secure Communities. (more…)
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