In 2019, there has been some changes made to the award categories. After careful consideration, and review of all nominations submitted in the past, we have decided to turn our Person of the Year award into two (2) additional student scholarships, to generate more educational and professional opportunities for our youth.
There are now four categories to the awards: American Dream Veteran's Award, Lifetime Achievement Awards and Leadership Awards - selected by the TNADF board of directors - and American Dream Students of the Year, as the only category open to the public for nomination. For 2020 winners will be announced prior to the event.
American Dream Lifetime Achievement Award – One (1) honor given. The American Dream Lifetime Achievement Award honors members of the community who embody the American dream and remind us that generations upon generations, immigrants share the same love and respect for a country that has embraced them and provided opportunities to them that would not have been possible elsewhere in the world.
American Dream Leadership Award – Two (2) honors given. Recognizes individuals and or organizations that have taken the lead in supporting members of the immigrant community in one of the three focus areas of The New American Dream Foundation: health, education, and civic engagement.
American Dream Veteran’s Award – One (1) $2,000 award given. Nominees must be 17 years or older, who is an immigrant or a child of immigrants, living in the Fairfield County area, serving in the Military, and who made the commitment to defend our country even before becoming an American citizen, and faced many challenges along their journey to achieve their American Dream.
American Dream Scholarship Award – Five (5) $2,000 scholarships given. Nominees must be 16 years or older, who is an immigrant or a child of immigrants, living in the Fairfield County area, who faced many challenges along their journey to achieve their American Dream. Winners receive a $2,000 in the name of the educational institution of their choice, such as public or private universities, community colleges, and for applicants over 18 years or older, technical, trade and vocational schools are also accepted.