American Dream Fellowship Competition
Elmhurst University is committed to helping individuals achieve the American Dream.
Thank you to all of the students who participated in the fifth annual American Dream Fellowship Competition, a scholarship competition that supports the enrollment of first-generation college students. Stay tuned for details on next year’s competition as we get closer to the event.
All first-year admitted students (freshmen) who are first-generation college students* are invited to participate in the competition, which will consist of two rounds:
Round One: Video Submission
All participants make a video (no more than three minutes long) on the topic: “How will Elmhurst University help you achieve your American Dream?”
Note: All Round One participants will automatically be invited for Round Two.
Round Two: Group Project and Awards Ceremony
For Round Two, students are invited to campus.
The Round Two competition consists of a group project for students, an opportunity to hear from a first-generation featured speaker, and a chance to meet other participants. Round Two concludes with an awards ceremony hosted by Elmhurst University President Troy D. VanAken, a first-generation college student himself.
- FIRST PLACE: The winner receives a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.
- SECOND PLACE: The winner receives a stipend to cover four years’ room and board.
- ALL STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE BOTH ROUNDS OF THE COMPETITION will receive a $1,000 annual American Dream Fellowship Grant, which can be added to previously awarded merit scholarships and/or grant aid.