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Merage Foundation for the American Dream Fellowship

Merage Foundation for the American Dream Fellowship

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The mission of the Merage Foundation for the American Dream, founded in 2004, is to encourage immigrants to the U.S. in the pursuit of their own American dreams. The Foundation celebrates the contributions of new Americans to U.S. society, and fosters their pursuit of leadership positions in their chosen fields. The Merage American Dream Fellows program provides funding and mentorship over a period of two years to promising new Americans as they pursue their career goals after receiving their bachelor's degrees. Fellows are selected each year from among applicants from 22 partner universities, of which Fordham University is one.

Award Details

American Dream Fellows receive $10,000 per year for two years. This award may be used in a variety of ways (such as education, travel for research, professional development, living expenses during an internship, etc.) but must support the goals expressed in the fellowship application and interview.

Fellows also attend an annual Foundation dinner and receive mentoring support and networking opportunities through the fellowship term and beyond as they embark on their careers.


Applicant must...
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • have graduated from their undergraduate institution after April 2008 (for awards tenable from October 2011)
  • receive the endorsement of Fordham University through Office for Prestigious Fellowships
Additional Notes

"The Fellows are selected based on their academic record, their leadership, their consistent ethical behavior, the clarity of their American Dream, and their potential to make an important contribution to America."


External deadline: December 2010 (TBA)

Campus deadline

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