MEET THE MEXICAN STUDENT WHO DEVELOPED APP TO HELP UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT FIND SCHOLARSHIP
Currently, the children of undocumented immigrants who fled to the US in search of the ‘American Dream’ are now living something more like a nightmare under Donald Trump’s administration. With the situation as it is, these youngsters are struggling more and more to get into college.
Undocumented students know that even if they finish high school fair and square, they might still have a hard time getting accepted in any university due to their illegal status. That’s the challenge 26-year-old Mexican Stanford student and “Dreamer” Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca had to face herself.
An app for guiding “DREAMERS” living in the US
This struggle lead her to Silicon Valley where she developed a mobile app platform that helps undocumented students navigate the necessary resources to access higher education.
The app is called DREAMer’s Roadmap and has attracted so much attention that even Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged its ingenuity. In fact, Forbes magazine has named Sarahi as one of the most influential young minds in the realm of education in its 30 Under 30s recognition initiative.
This tool supports users by providing a list of foundations/organizations dedicated to granting educational scholarships and loans to undocumented students who could greatly use the support.
According to the American Immigration Council, 65 thousand undocumented students graduate from American high schools each year, and most – if not all of them – have to deal with trying to maneuver through higher education in order to live a successful lifestyle. But with bright thinkers like Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca we can work towards eradicating these difficulties for thousands of people.
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