Applications Now Accepted for LGBT Dreamers Scholarship

By Nazly Siadate

Originally published on Advocate.com September 21 2012 2:04 PM ET

A $75,000 scholarship fund created by LGBT people for LGBT undocument immigrants officially started accepting applications today. The LGBT Dreamers Fund helps undocumented immigrants who are applying for work permits made possible through President Obama’s new program from "dreamers" — which is what these young people call themselves. 

The White House's “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, effective August 15, gives qualifying immigrants under the age of 31 the chance for a two-year work permit and relief from deportation. Application fees are now set at $465 per person, according to Liberty Hill.

Under current law, undocumented workers have difficulties obtaining jobs, which makes paying these fees largely out of the question for most, and that set the Dreamers Fund in motion.

The LGBT Dreamers Fund has been made possible by donations from LGBT organizations and individuals across the country. Their contributions raised $75,000 so far with a goal of $100,000 in mind to be able to assist at least 200 young gay people, according to LGBT Weekly.

Contributions are still being accepted. And, applications for the Dreamers Fund can be found here. The Dreamers Fund is available on a first-come, first-served basis.