Two Community College Students Win BIG in Inaugural DREAM Big for College T-Shirt Design Contest

Artistic talent earns two Achieving the Dream community college students more than $1,000 in prize money, wide exposure for their talents, and meals for more than 1,000 distressed neighbors in their communities

Silver Spring, MD (February 1, 2012) – Two community college students at Achieving the Dream Institutions won the first-ever DREAM Big for College T-Shirt Design Contest. Edging out nearly 100 other student submissions, these two students garnered the most votes and will have their original art featured on two limited edition T-shirts that will be given to all attendees of D.R.E.A.M. (Achieving the Dream’s 2012 Annual Meeting on Student Success) starting February 28, 2012. The winning students are:


T-Shirt Contest Winner, Levi MillerLevi Miller
Century College

“I entered this contest to add another piece to my portfolio and thought it would be awesome for people to wear and be inspired by something I designed."


T-Shirt Contest Winner, Laura ShalerLaura Shaler
Muskegon Community College

“I didn’t know much about Achieving the Dream… until the dean of our college introduced the Achieving the Dream T-shirt contest to our Graphics teacher, Nancy Slater. As a class, we came up with the idea of assigning the t-shirt design as a graded assignment."

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Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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