Durham Technical Community College is proud to be one of 43 colleges in the United States to offer the Dreamkeepers Emergency Assistance Program. Sometimes students, especially community college students, are hit with an unexpected life situation that causes a financial strain so severe they drop out of school in order to manage it.
The Dreamkeepers program offers the possibility of assistance to students who find themselves in this dilemma. There are criteria that students must meet because the program is limited to students who, previous to the emergency, were managing their lives successfully and making strides toward their college credential.
To be eligible to apply, a student must be:
- enrolled in an eligible curriculum program or approved continuing education certificate course;
- making successful progress in their program, as demonstrated by their transcript and/or Student Progress Report(s);
- meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements;
- experiencing an unforeseen financial emergency, and
- are at risk of being unable to continue in school due to that emergency.
Assistance is granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.
If you believe you may be a candidate for assistance from the Dreamkeepers program you are invited to speak with the program administrator, Karen Mosley-Lyon, in the Phail Wynn Jr., Student Activities Center, room 1209. If you complete the application first, you'll be contacted to schedule a meeting.
Tonya Brookshire was almost at the finish line. She was planning to move into a new apartment a few weeks before graduating from the Clinical Trials Research Certificate program at Durham Tech when she got the bad news. She lost her temporary job and her apartment complex had already agreed to rent her former apartment, forcing Brookshire out. "In the meantime, I had two weeks left of school and I was scheduled to graduate in early May," she said. "The Dreamkeepers program helped me tremendously by paying for an extended stay hotel for me for two weeks until my classes ended." Brookshire is job hunting and back living in Chicago. She didn’t have any relatives in Durham and her church family couldn’t assist with her housing. She doesn’t know what she would have done without the help. "I am truly grateful for the program, and because of them I was able to concentrate on studying for finals, rather than thinking about how I was going to pay for housing," she said. "Thank God for Dreamkeepers."
Stephanie Lee was up against a wall. The single mom and Durham Tech nursing student was in “dire straits,” she said, after a recent living situation put her in a tight financial spot. "With a program as rigorous as Nursing, I have been restricted in the number of hours that I could work a week at my job at the hospital," she said. Dreamkeepers kept her dream afloat. Lee has one year to go on her nursing degree at Durham Tech. Then, she hopes to move directly into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and work on a unit at UNC Hospitals, where she currently works. "Eventually, I want to pursue a Masters in Nursing and teach future nursing students," she said. Now she’s one step closer.
For more information about the application process and to complete an online application, visit https://durhamtech.dreamkeepers.org/