Maria Fernanda shares what this scholarship means for her and how it empowered her in her journey!
Only 5 to 10% of DACA students who graduate from high school pursue a college education. Unfortunately, financial aid for immigrants, even if they are eligible non-citizens, is very scarce. Most of the 700,000 plus student dreamers do not qualify for federal financial aid. Inspired by the hopes and dreams of these young minds, Gemstones in the Making wants to offer financial assistance and support to students that, otherwise, would have to give up on their dreams.
Many of these first-generation college students are discouraged from continuing their studies because of the financial burden that imposes on them and their families. Their desire to learn is limited by the lack of opportunities available to them. Through Gemstones In The Makings, we want to keep the dream alive. We would like to spread a message of hope that shows that hard work and perseverance can yield results.
It is POSSIBLE! And, together, we can make it happen!
Gemstones In The Making has partnered with community organizations to offer in-state tuition and scholarships to support students on their academic journey. Our $10,000 scholarships can be the first step towards an undergraduate college degree and fulfilling professional life.
We welcome students to become part of a community that believes in them and their dreams. With their dedication, they can lead by example and start paving the way for others to continue this beautiful circle of giving. They are Gemstones In The Making and we can't wait to see them shine.
The GEMS that Dream Scholarship
To fund young women graduating from a Lee or Collier County high school that may be ineligible to received financial aid due to their legal immigration status and plan to attend a college, university or technical school. Students must demonstrate leadership and service to the community.
Application Deadline April 20th
The Cyan's Bright Light Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Cyan Galarza who, in July, 29, 2018, was tragically killed in a car accident just two months shy of her 21st birthday. With this scholarship fund, Cyan"s family choose to highlight the beauty she added to each of our days while she lived here on earth. Cyan was a lover of the arts. She marveled at the sound of music and found freedom in expressing herself through the deepest of lyrics and beats. She rocked fashion like it was her business and always carried herself with swag that could never go out of style. While her outer being was blessed with beauty, it was her innermost being that truly served as a gift to all who knew her. Despite the challenges Cyan may have faced in life, the disposition of her heart never wavered. She loved fiercely, she forgave deeply, and she gave with all that she had. Her presence made the spaces she shared with people so much better and because of this, we will make certain that her light continues to shine.
Purpose of Scholarship: To honor the life and legacy of Cyan E. Galarza by providing financial support for the educational, trade, or licensing interests of female students exiting Lee County schools.