The DREAM Fund

Thank you for your generous support, together we have raised $15,585.

The DREAM Fund

The DREAM Fund was established to provide critical financial support to undocumented and DACA students in emergency circumstances. Undocumented and DACA students do not benefit from support through the CARES Act and are ineligible to receive federal financial aid.

The DREAM Fund will help undocumented and DACA students renew work authorizations, purchase textbooks, pay for tuition and meet basic needs. The fund was started through a generous gift from The Orchard House Foundation, a nonprofit based in Washoe Valley, Nevada that has supported campus initiatives for more than a decade and is recognized in the University’s Honor Court as a Silver Benefactor.

The University estimates about 13,000 DACA recipients are in the state of Nevada, but an exact number is unknown. The Supreme Court ruled the DACA program could continue in a 5-4 decision on June 18.

During this time of crisis our undocumented and DACA students need holistic and financial support to ensure they can complete their educational dreams. These students and their families have unique needs during normal circumstances, but with the pandemic, the need of support from our community is even more critical. Many students have lost their jobs and do not have access to apply for government aid. The funds raised will provide direct aid to our undocumented and DACA students in need during this global crisis and other emergencies during the academic year.

Your support will ensure undocumented and DACA students will have the opportunities to renew their worker authorization, purchase textbooks, pay for tuition and meet their basic needs.

If you’d like to learn more about supporting this program and other Annual Giving programs at the University of Nevada, Reno, please contact Torrey Hood, director of annual giving, at

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