DACA Recipient Tells How MTSU Is Helping Him Achieve His Dreams


Elman Gonzales arrived in America when he was 2 years old. “I have no recollection of Honduras…America is my home, ” he says.

Elman was brought here illegally by his parents, who escaped the horrible conditions of his birth country. Elman is known as a DREAMER and now has DACA.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) gives Elman the necessary tools to be a productive citizen in America. These tools are a drivers license, social security number and a work authorization card.

Elman was recently attending East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN until his tuition started to add up where he had to pay out-of-state tuition.

Elman told me he worked up to three jobs a semester to pay for a handful of classes.

He now attends Middle Tennessee State University under a scholarship which cuts the difference of out-of-state and in-state tuition for him…making college affordable for him.


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