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Nevada State College offering help to undocumented students

Posted at 7:43 AM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 19:23:47-04

Nevada State College is trying to help undocumented students.

For the first time ever the college is hosting a scholarship workshop specifically for immigrant students. It's aimed at both undocumented teens and those covered by DACA.

Right now, 42 undocumented and so-called "dacamented" students have full ride scholarships to NSC. Recipients say it's created a strong community and helped many of them who are first generation college students.

Organizers say this is bold because some people are afraid to talk about their citizenship status in today's climate.

"I know that it's a struggle to, you know, be afraid of deportation every day," said Nayelli, a scholarship recipient covered by DACA who did not want to give her last name.

"There's always going to be that fear and I think that is just being smart and being aware, but also they're emboldened," said Edith Fernandez, the associate vice president for community engagement and diversity initiatives at NSC.

The workshop starts at noon on May 26.