They call themselves PS4D, which translates to Parents of Students for A Dream. And on Wednesday, they helped 10 students get closer to their dreams. The 2-year-old non-profit was started by a group of parents looking to give undocumented students in Connecticut opportunities and resources to pursue higher education. PS4D held its second annual awards ceremony Wednesday, presenting 10 high school and college students with $7,000 in scholarships.
College Junior Cynthia Perez is all too familiar with the hardships of being an immigrant. Perez was just 5 when she left Mexico for the U.S. with her family, and says being undocumented almost deterred her from going to college. With no social security number, she couldn’t get financial aid to the schools she was accepted to.
But legislation passed in 2011, allowing undocumented students in Connecticut to pay in-state tuition, came just in time for Perez. She is currently attending Southern Connecticut State University for Social Work. Still, Perez says, money was a struggle.
The recipient of a $500 scholarship, Perez says PS4D gave her that push she needed to keep going.
Working primarily out of Stamford and Norwalk, PS4D raises its money from benefit events throughout the year. The group also hosts workshops and community activities in the area for students and parents.
To find out more, follow Parents of Students for A Dream on Facebook.