Aylin Garcia achieves the dream and is the first ever EPCC student to get the DREAM scholarship.
Achieving the Dream is a non-profit organization that focuses on student success.
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(L/R) Aylin Garcia and Karen Stout, Achieving the Dream CEO, at the DREAM scholarship ceremony.
The scholarship consists of attending their annual conference and different seminars that are designed to make student’s lives easier.
The scholarship award is a maximum of $12,500 for an associate degree and $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree.
The mission is to support Dreamer’s college access and success through a scholarship to partner colleges, that are committed to their success, and advocacy for tuition and aid equity.
Garcia was selected for this scholarship over 36 other EPCC students.
Garcia is a freshman economics major who lives in Ciudad Juarez.
Garcia found out about the scholarship navigating through EPCC Facebook, and she submitted her application through the DREAM web site.
The application contained eight questions about her personal life, school, and goals.
After waiting two months, she found out that she was one of the two finalists of 37 students from EPCC who applied.
Only eight students, including herself, were selected from colleges all over the country.
Garcia wrote and presented a poem called “I am” at the Dream conference. Garcia said it was a good experience and mentioned that she could use her voice to connect with other people.
Garcia’s cultural experience is not unique at EPCC. Many students make the journey across the border to attend classes.
Garcia noted a significant culture shock moving between the two sister cities despite both being tied to the border. Garcia cited differences in the Mexican and U.S. education systems.
GPA was a new concept and Garcia added that, “First, I was very, very confused about the terms freshman, junior, sophomore and senior.”
Garcia said, “It felt amazing because seeing people caring about students and treating them as individuals make a difference.
After EPCC, Aylin plans to transfer to New Mexico State University to continue her studies.