We are pleased to announce that our 2021 American Dream Scholarship is now open for submissions through April 23rd, 2021. The goal of this scholarship is to provide college-bound, English As a Second Language (ESOL) High School students in the Orlando area, the technology tools necessary to attend and succeed in college. 


We established this scholarship in 2019 after identifying a significant need among the local ESOL community. After two years of awards, we are certain that there can be no better investment than in the future of deserving young people who have the drive and work ethic to pursue their dream of attending college, but may not have the financial means to realize it.


Andrea Mendoza (UCF), Dadianis Portal Sierra (Valencia),

Ismar Mora (Seminole State).

The scholarship is open to ESOL students from any Orange County high school. One or more laptops valued at up to $1,000 will be awarded to the selected student(s). 

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2020-21 Senior in the ESOL program (or within the two-year ESOL exit monitoring period) at any Orange County Public High School graduating in the Spring of 2021

  • 3.0 Unweighted GPA or higher

  • The following SAT or ACT Scores*: 

    • SAT: Writing and Language (W) 25 or higher, Reading (R) 24 or higher, and Math (M) 24 or higher

    • ACT: English Usage (W) 17 or higher, Reading (R) 19 or higher, Math (M) 19 or higher

  • Accepted to and enrolled to attend an accredited two or four-year college during the 21-22 school year

  • In good standing with his/her/their Orange County Public High School

* The minimum SAT/ACT scores are the ones required by colleges like Valencia to allow ESOL students to enroll in college-credit classes.

Selection Process 

Applicants will be evaluated and winner(s) will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement

  • Personal essay

  • Recommendation letters (optional)

  • Financial need (not a determinative factor)

  • Interview (if finalist)

Instructions, Application Deadline and Award

Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2021. Finalists will be selected and contacted for an interview by April 30th. Interviews with finalists will be scheduled for the week of May 3rd. The winners will be notified of their selection on or about May 10, 2021. 

Winners may be contacted about laptop specs and preferences prior to receiving their laptops. In order to receive their laptop, the winners will be required to provide proof of enrollment/registration at their respective college or university as soon as it’s available, or by August 15, 2021 at the latest. Laptops will be awarded during the month of August 2021 as soon as proof of enrollment is provided. 

The application is available for download below. Once complete, please email application to pia@sidroman.com by 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2021.  Good luck!