Dream Big Project Scholarships

Dream Big Project offers eight $1,000 tuition-assistance scholarships to applicants in Norwalk, California and surrounding communities. Please complete the scholarship application and address your unique qualifications for these scholarship awards. If applying for multiple, must submit application for each with appropriate materials.

2024 Dream Big Project Scholarship (3 available)

Dream Big Project scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement and commitment to community service, extracurricular activities, leadership, and higher education. Dream Big Project Scholars should also fully embody the DBP mission to positively impact their community and those around them.

2024 Ramiro and Lucy Gallegos Scholarship (4 available)

Honoring the lifetime work of Ramiro and Lucy Gallegos, two selfless community leaders in the city of Norwalk, and husband and wife for 61 years, who have demonstrated commitment to volunteering and advocating for youth in their community, The Ramiro and Lucy Gallegos Scholarship is awarded to Norwalk High School graduates who resemble the giving spirit of Ramiro and Lucy Gallegos. Ramiro and Lucy Gallegos Scholars demonstrate the compassionate mission of Dream Big Project and the values of Ramiro and Lucy Gallegos. Please be sure to address your active participation in volunteering in your community and how the giving spirit of Ramiro and Lucy Gallegos aligns with your values and practices in the scholarship essay portion of the application.

2024 Inspirational Student Scholarship (2 available)

The Inspirational Student Scholarship by EMFEE Professional Engineering is awarded to graduating high school seniors (class of 2024) with a 504 Plan or IEP. There is no G.P.A requirement for this particular scholarship. Community service experience is preferred, but not mandatory. The applicant must attend a high school in the Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District.

Application Requirements

  • Official Transcript

Must include most recent senior year final semester grades.

  • Letter of Recommendation

One letter is required. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform their recommender of the requirements and deadline to submit their letter of recommendation.

Please mail letter of recommendation with all application materials. Dream Big Project suggests reaching out to a recommender who is familiar with your academic and community work.

  • Statement of Purpose or Essay

In 2-4 pages, double-spaced, explain and describe your involvement with your community. Please describe any personal experiences or circumstances in which helping others has heavily encouraged you to pursue higher education, and address the following questions:

    • How has such involvement helped you to develop on a professional level?
    • What leadership skills have you acquired as a result of being involved in community service or community outreach?
    • How will the scholarship benefit you?

Scholarship Specific Requirements

Application requirements vary slightly by scholarship. Please be sure to read through scholarship application requirements carefully.

  • Dream Big Project Scholarship
    • Application is open to Class of 2024 high school graduates in Norwalk-La Mirada and surrounding high schools.
  • Ramiro and Lucy Gallegos Scholarship
    • Application is open to Norwalk High School students graduating with the Class of 2024.
  • Dream Big Project Scholarship
    • Application is open to Class of 2024 high schools students in Norwalk La Mirada USD.
    • No G.P.A. requirement. 
    • Student must have IEP or 504 Plan.
    • Community service experience is preferred, but not mandatory.

Additional Requirements

Applicants will be asked to provide additional items:

  • Proof of Volunteer Service Hours
  • Proof of Enrollment to Accredited Trade School, College or University for Fall 2024 semester/quarter

How to Apply

The application process can completed on paper and mailed to the Dream Big Project committee. Application deadline has been extended to May 29, 2024. Additional information regarding each scholarship can be found in the application. 

Applicants can access the application by clicking on the button below. Attach all application items with your application. Feel free to contact us with any questions, if needed.

2024 Dream Big Project Emergency Grant (1 available)
Dream Big Project provides $1,000 Emergency Grants to undergraduate students experiencing a current emergency or crisis such as food insecurity, housing insecurity, health-related or medical costs, and/or can demonstrate the need to pay tuition.
Grant recipient  is decided by the committee reviewing applications for the school year (August-May). For assistance in completing this application, please contact Miguel, President of Dream Big Project, (562) 667-7847 or email us at info@dreambigproject.org.
Application Requirements
  • Must be currently enrolled undergraduate student with a minimum of six (6) units.
  • Must be able to demonstrate financial need (supporting documentation is helpful where appropriate).
  • Must have exhausted all aid for the semester.
  • Must be experiencing food and/or housing insecurity.
  • Must be experiencing an unforeseen circumstance, and/or financial need to pay for higher education tuition. 
  • Must use funds for health-related or medical costs; displacement: living in your car, temporarily living with friends or family, living on the street; car accident/repairs, unforeseen emergency, financial need to assist in paying tuition.

If awarded, students must submit a thank you letter and photo addressed to Dream Big Project highlighting how the funds assisted them. Thank you letter and photo may be submitted via email at info@dreambigproject.org.

For more information about application procedures, requirements, and / or selection process please review application. If additional questions arise after reviewing application, please email us at info@dreambigproject.org.