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DREAM Scholars is a collaborative program between the Student Success Initiatives and the DREAM Center at UCI. Our mission is to support the transitional and navigational journeys of undocumented students. Our primary goal is to promote holistic development and increase retention by connecting students with campus and community resources, helping them build community, and equipping them with tools to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. We want our students to thrive at UCI and beyond.


Empower: Encourage students to view themselves as active agents, and embrace their personal power to lead self-authored lives.

Support: Promote the holistic development of students with undocumented immigration status by:

  • Connecting them with campus and community resources
  • Fostering a sense of belonging through intentional programming and services 
  • Equipping them with tools to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals


We use a holistic, solution-focused, and strengths-based approach to support the transitional and navigational journeys of our students.


Community Building

Access a community of undocumented students

Counseling Sessions

One-on-one personalized advising sessions

Workshops & Events

Quarterly academic and enrichment workshops

Campus Resources

Resource referrals to key campus partners

Free Loan Services

Students will have access to a book, i-clicker, and Chromebook loan services via the Gateway Initiatives Resources

Academic Success Suppport

Access to LARC Tutorial scholarships and Writing Tutors

First Year Exclusives

Peer mentoring and quarterly seminar for incoming freshmen and transfers

Graduation Recognition

Graduation recognition stole and invitation to our SSI Graduation Celebration


Eligibility: Must be an undocumented undergraduate student enrolled at UCI. The recruitment and selection processes take place during the summer.

The DREAM Scholars Program Application for 2022 - 2023 is now closed. If you are still interested or have any questions please email Blanca Villagomez at villagob@uci.edu


Office: Student Success Initiatives
2200 Student Services II
Irvine, CA 92697-5400


Blanca Villagomez, Program Coordinator/Counselor
(Find me under "Student Success Initiatives")

Email Me: villagob@uci.edu