FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Sometimes the difference of a few thousand dollars can stand between hard-working students being able to complete the requirements necessary to receive a college degree. The Board of Directors of Broward College Foundation aims to decrease that reality for a few hundred students with its 2016 American Dream Scholarship program.

The American Dream Scholarship helps bridge the gap between the amount of federal educational assistance available and the base costs of the remaining tuition and fees. The average financial barrier is approximately $2,000. “Our students are our future. They have made it this far on their own. Their last mile is the hardest. If our students are determined to work hard, we are determined to help them make it happen. The American Dream Scholarship is our commitment and our promise to these motivated students. Ultimately, philanthropy fuels the vibrancy of our economy, through an investment in people and an investment in families,” said J. David Armstrong Jr., President of Broward College.

American Dream Scholarships will be awarded to hard-working students who: • Work full or part-time;

• Are 75 percent of the way through a degree program and earning a 2.5 GPA or greater;

• Are enrolled in a degree program that fills a high-demand need in the local workforce;

• Fall just outside of federal grant programs or whose federal grants are very limited;

• Live in the tri-county area.

With the help of community donors, the Broward College Foundation’s goal is to award 600 students an American Dream Scholarship to cover these fees for the 20162017 academic year. Donors are asked to make a contribution of $2,500, of which $500 will be invested in the American Dream Scholarship Endowment fund. A scholarship of $2,000, covering tuition and fees, helps one student reach the finish line.

The American Dream Scholarship has a positive impact on the local economy.

“Through the American Dream Scholarship, we hope to help students reach their full potential and realize their career goals by providing them with this much needed financial assistance,” said President Armstrong. “With the right tools, Broward College graduates will have the opportunity to transition successfully into the workforce and make a monumental impact in our community.”

A celebration of American Dream Scholarship benefactors and student recipients takes place on April 2, at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Fastrack MCI, the event will feature a performance by the Pedrito Martinez Group, a polyrhythmic ensemble that combines jazz with fresh, afro-Cuban spirit. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit or call 954-2016884.