The Impact

Dreamkeepers has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on student outcomes. Approximately one-third of students who apply for Dreamkeepers receive a grant. More than $120,000 in grants were awarded over the last four years, resulting in 81 percent of recipients remaining in school or persisting to graduation.


Unexpected financial emergencies is one of the top reasons community college students drop out of school. To address this issue, Monroe Community College became the first community college in Western New York to host Dreamkeepers, a nationally-recognized emergency student aid program that helps deserving, eligible students persist in their studies. Students who apply to Dreamkeepers can receive mini-grants of up to $500 to assist with expenses related to housing, food, utilities, and child care, ensuring that they can continue with their studies and make progress toward their goals.

Student Testimonial

Nicole Talarico ’21, a single mother of a preschooler with no family here in Rochester, would have never been able to finish out her first year at MCC without support like yours.

Willing to help?

For donors looking to make a choice to change students' lives in ways that are beyond measure, please donate below. With your gift, we can help more students achieve their dreams of a bright and successful future.

Dreamkeepers Grant Application
Applications are reviewed by MCC’s Student Services staff and students are notified within 48 hours if their request has been approved. The grant funds then are disbursed directly to the vendor (i.e. auto repair shop, utility company). Recipients are required to complete an online financial literacy class to help them address the root causes of their financial situation.