A state fund designed to provide scholarships for immigrant students, including those living in the country illegally, will begin accepting applications soon. The privately-funded Illinois DREAM Fund is a non-profit organization created by the state to provide financial assistance to immigrant students. It's raised $500,000. Officials say all immigrant students can apply, but those who were brought to the country illegally will receive special focus. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average, and for those just graduating high school, a minimum ACT sore of 17. Officials say students attending two-year colleges are eligible to apply for $2,000 scholarships and those attending four-year institutions can apply for $6,000. Illinois DREAM Fund chair Tanya Cabrera expects 5,000 applicants this year. Applications will be accepted starting Thursday.
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