Due to the limited number of scholarships available to undocumented students pursuing higher education and the difficulty in affording the high tuition costs of attending an institution like UCLA without any financial aid, fundraising is one of the primary pillars of IDEAS at UCLA.

In 2006, thanks to the support of private donors, community organizations such as our former fiscal receiver the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), and the Office of Senator Gilbert Cedillo, the 1st Annual Making the Dream a Reality Banquet established an ongoing scholarship for undocumented students at the university. IDEAS awarded a combined 38 scholarships to entering freshmen, transfer, and continuing undocumented students at UCLA. Since then, the Annual Making the Dream a Reality Scholarship has helped undocumented students stay on course to graduate from UCLA.

The Reach scholarship began in late 2009 when the 32% tuition hike in the UC system forced one fifth of IDEAS members to put their education on hold in efforts to raise the $4,000 in-state cost needed to attend a quarter of school. To date, IDEAS has awarded about $200,000 in scholarships to students in the greatest financial need on campus.

From food sales to our annual Banquet in the Spring, and everything in between, our creativity, resourcefulness, and persistence to locate funds in order to pursue education is a key part of our story.

Please consider making a donation today, and/or think about hosting a fundraiser for student scholarships at your residence. Every dollar goes directly to struggling students in need.