(PRESS RELEASE) Aspiring Americans Initiative awards first immigration relief grant to deserving Oklahoma City University student

July 7, 2014
Contact: Akash Patel, (562) 413-6452

Aspiring Americans Initiative Awards First Immigration Relief Grant to Deserving Oklahoma City University Student

OKLAHOMA CITY - Thanks to generous independent donors, the Aspiring Americans Initiative has awarded our first grant to cover application costs for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on behalf of Jessica Vazquez of Oklahoma City University.

A talented student athlete, Jessica is a political science and philosophy major who has been designated both a Clara Luper and Devon Scholar by her university. An avid volunteer in political campaigns, Jessica plans to attend law school and get involved in the legislative process to represent the Latino community.

Obtaining DACA has inspired Jessica to chase her life’s aspirations, including graduating from college. “Like many undocumented students across the state, college seemed like an unattainable goal,” said Jessica, “but now, as I enter the last stretch of my undergraduate career, I know that my eorts and the aid of others were not in vain."

DACA was created by the Obama administration in 2012 and allows students like Jessica to obtain work permits, driver’s licenses, and protection from deportation. DACA does not, however, grant lawful immigration status, alter an individuals existing immigration status, or provide a path to citizenship.

By the end of August, the Aspiring Americans Initiative plans to award ten additional immigration relief grants to undocumented students.

The Aspiring Americans Initiative is a scally sponsored project of the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, 501(c)(3), that invests in the future of aspiring Americans who are dedicated and passionate about bettering themselves and their communities. For more information, please visit aspiringamericans.org.