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DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Program

The DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Program grants awards in two areas: 

Academic: Assists with costs associated with educational goals at a college, university, private or vocational school. Applicants must be in grade 12, demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service. Financial awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Enrichment: Assists with costs associated with activities that enrich the soul, body, heart or inspire creativity. Examples may include music, singing, dance, art lessons; computer graphics training; acting, photography, fashion design; specialized summer camps etc. Funds may be used for enrollment fees, instruments and/or supplies. Applicants must be in grades 7-12, demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service. Financial awards range from $100 to $2,500.

Scholarships on Long Island
Since its inception in 2002, United Way of Long Island has awarded scholarships and/or grants totaling more than $1,000,000. The DREAMS for Youth Advisory Board, comprised of 7th graders to college students, works under the guidance of United Way staff to make award decisions. View Our Flyer Here


Get Involved

If you are Interested in applying for a DREAMS for Youth Scholarship
Click Here to Download an Application

If you are Interested in Becoming a Youth Advisory Board Member
Click Here to Download A Board Member Application

Please send completed applications to Sandra Mahoney, Vice President of Education Initiatives, at smahoney@unitedwayli.org or call 631.940.3703.


A DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Program Success Story

Rachel Gladstone, Smithtown