Dreaming Big - Achieving the Dream Announces the Winners of the 2012 DREAM Big for College Scholarship Contests

4 Community college students awarded scholarships for expressing creativity and inspiring others to complete college and pursue their dreams

Press Contact: Lauren Lewis Phone: (917) 613-6419 (cell) E-mail: llewis@achievingthedream.org

Silver Spring, MD (January 21, 2013) – As part of its efforts to engage students in the national conversation about community college success and completion, Achieving the Dream (www.achievingthedream.org) recently selected the four students who will be receiving scholarships through the DREAM BIG for College contests. These two scholarship contests encouraged students to leverage their artistic and creative talents in order to share their inspiring stories of triumph and hope, and motivate others to complete college and pursue their dreams.

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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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