Mexican-American Dream Scholarship


Since 2008, COFEM and its affiliated federations, as well as sponsoring partners, have come together to provide scholarships to outstanding students . These scholarships have helped more than 400 students to complete their higher education.

In recent years, the program has set aside over $400,000 for students who are immigrants, sons and daughters of immigrants, and AB-540 or DACA students pursuing their dream of completing a higher education degree.

Each year in the fall, COFEM invites AB-540/DACA students, or students who are members of a COFEM-affiliated federation or club, to apply for its scholarships. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a four-year accredited University or a two-year program at a Community College. Through a fundraising and matching collaborative, this scholarship program seeks to award scholarships of $500 to Community College students and $1,000 to undergraduate students attending four-year colleges or universities.

Recipients of AB540 and DACA students are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will  be accepted until August 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.


Please use the link to complete the Google form and submit all required material. Good luck!

2019 Application


  • Applicants must be considered undocumented or must benefit from AB-540 or DACA. Also can be a member or be related to a member of a COFEM-affiliated federation or club.

  • Must be a full-time student, enrolled in at least 12 units at a 4-year institution or 2-year community college. Proof of admission and registration required.

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8

  • Demonstrate need for financial assistance.

  • Complete 2019-2020 applications for FAFSA, DREAM ACT, or BOG waiver and submit proof. (Print last page of application stipulating the expected Family Contribution [EFC]. This is not a condition for funding, but is highly encouraged).

  • Demonstrate involvement in the community and/or work experience.

  • Must attend school in the following counties: Los Angeles or Orange.

  • Attend mandatory 2019 Annual Scholarship Reception in November 2019 (exact date to be determined). Students attending college outside LA County are expected to make travel arrangements to ensure their attendance at the reception. If necessary, COFEM can provide student with a letter to notify professor to excuse them from class or any other work or educational requirement. (Exceptions based on emergencies are discretionary and student's parent may be allowed to represent the student during ceremony).

  • Scholarship recipients are encouraged to volunteer 20 hours (Community College) or 40 hours (4-year College/University) with COFEM. This is part a year-long opportunity for professional development that includes involvement with administration, communications, or community organizing. There are many networking and professional opportunities on weekends such as COFEM’s annual events, immigration rallies, DACA clinics, and Citizenship Fairs.

  • Families of the Board of Directors and/or COFEM staff are not allowed to apply.

  • Any student that has demonstrated commitment to advancing their leadership and professional skills and has complied with the development opportunities at COFEM can apply to this scholarship for a maximum of 4 consecutive years.

  • AB-540 / DACA students are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • COFEM has the right to request proof of income for selected recipients.

Additional Opportunities for
AB540/DACA Students 

Other Scholarships:


2020 application will open late spring

We encourage you to take a look at last year's requirements so you can start preparing for the 2020 application. Give us a call at (213) 451-0035 for more information.


Application Requirements:

Application checklist:

  • Mexican American Dream Scholarship Application form (Google form).

  • A copy of the most recent unofficial transcript to verify cumulative GPA.

  • Proof of completed 2019-2020 applications for FAFSA, DREAM ACT, or BOG waiver.

  • Print and submit last page of financial aid application stipulating the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

  • Professional Photograph JPEG (Passport Size).*Please note that by submitting your photo you are authorizing COFEM to use it for promotional purposes as COFEM deems necessary.

  • Short 3-5 sentences biography.

  • Current class schedule (full time student taking at least 12 units).

  • Please state your complete legal name on every page/document.

  • Up to date resume, should demonstrate your community involvement, member associations, and awards you have received.

  • One letter of recommendation on official letterhead from community member, faculty, staff, or organization you belong to.

  • One additional letter of recommendation only if you are a member of COFEM’s affiliated federations or organizationsMust be submitted on official letterhead.

  • All documented must be submitted in PDF format. Applications submitted with documents other than PDF will not be considered.

Two-page double space personal statement that addresses all the following questions:

  1. Identify your personal and academic goals, obstacles you have     overcome, and/or an event/experience in your life that inspired you to pursue your intended career.

  2. Why do you feel you should receive this scholarship?

  3. Explain how do you believe this scholarship will help you contribute to the fulfillment of your higher educational goals?

Any further questions can be addressed to:

or by phone at (213) 451-0035

Become a Sponsor
Since 2008, with the intention of supporting brilliant students economically disadvantaged, COFEM created the “Sueño Mexico-Americano” program.
The purpose of this scholarship is to promote the importance of superior education among COFEM members and AB 540 students, usually called “dreamers”. Most of the scholarships given to date have been for “dreamers”, which are the perfect example of how important it is to get involved in the American society. With this in mind we invite those to the unique opportunity to sponsor such hardworking students through donations that will directly impact students' educational experience.