Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca’s struggle to find money for college inspired her to create a scholarship network that undocumented students can tap into just by reaching into their pockets. The network comes in the form of an app called the DREAMer’s Roadmap, and it will launch this month for iOS and Android.
The home screen of the app gives users the option to explore the database or create an account to keep track of scholarships on the platform. Salamanca said she wanted to let users search for scholarships without having to create an account in case some undocumented students didn’t feel comfortable giving their information.
To make the search easier, users of DREAMer’s Roadmap can filter the database. For example, they can select settings that reflect whether they have DACA or not to narrow down the scholarships for which they qualify. When they find a scholarship they like, users can share, comment or save the listing. If users know of a scholarship that is not listed, they can submit it, and DREAMer’s Roadmap will verify that it is legitimate before it goes live on the app.
Salamanca plans to keep the DREAMer’s Roadmap free. “We didn’t want to risk charging for the app and depriving people from obtaining a tool that can potentially help them get money and go to college,” she said.
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