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Emanuel announces DREAM scholarship money

Published: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 9:17 a.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced $100,000 in scholarship money for Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps students who are living in the country without legal permission.

The Chicago mayor said Saturday that the money comes from a share of the $275,000 in privately raised donations to the Illinois DREAM Fund.

The Illinois DREAM Fund Scholarship Committee also announced that its application deadline has been extended to March 1.

The Illinois Dream Fund is a non-profit organization using private money to award scholarships to illegal immigrants or those who were brought to the United States as children by parents who entered the country illegally.

Emanuel says them scholarship money will help ensure they "have access to a higher education and a bright future."

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