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Run Will Benefit 'Dreamer' Students At Wichita State

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Two Wichita State University student organizations will host the Dream Run on Saturday – a two-mile run that organizers hope will generate scholarship money for undocumented students.

The event is co-hosted by the Student Organization of Social Work and the Rho Beta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated.

The goal is to double the money in a scholarship fund for Dreamers provided by Sigma Lambda Beta and the Student Government Association.

"Sandra Sanchez, the president of the student organization of social work, had this idea since she felt passionate about raising the issues on what DACA recipients have gone through every day," said Ashley Lai, a Dream Run committee member.

Sanchez contacted Tony Ibarra, president of Sigma Lambda Beta. The two groups collaborated on a fundraiser.

Brought into the country illegally as the children of migrating parents, “Dreamers” lack the legal immigration status required to qualify for federal financial assistance, like student loans and grants.

“Our DACA students, in general, are not able to have the financial aid because of their status and what our group is doing is raising the funds for those DACA recipients,” Lai said.

The Dream Run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Innovation Campus at 19th Street and Innovation Boulevard. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

To register or for more information, go to Dream Run 2 miles.

Audrey Korte is an intern in the KMUW News Lab.