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American Dream Fellowship Competition

Elmhurst University is committed to helping individuals achieve the American Dream.

We are pleased to announce the third annual American Dream Fellowship, a scholarship competition to support the enrollment of first-generation college students.

View 2020 American Dream Fellowship first-place winner Jennie Bosas’ video submission.


All first-year admitted students who are first-generation college students are invited to participate in the competition,* which will consist of two rounds:

Round One: Due Jan. 17, 2020

Submit a video (no more than three minutes in length) on this topic:

  • As a first-generation college student, what would graduating from college mean to you and your family/friends?


Round Two: President’s Day, Feb. 17, 2020

Attend the second round of the competition on Elmhurst University’s campus.

  • 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 compete in both rounds receive a $1,000 annual American Dream Fellowship grant.

*Students who plan to apply for the Niebuhr Service to Society Competition are not eligible to also apply for the American Dream Fellowship.

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