ROANOKE, Va.-Freedom First FCU here has won the $100,000 Wells Fargo NEXT Seed Capital Award from Opportunity Finance Network and plans to use the grant to assist the many immigrants in its service area get the financing needed to apply for United States citizenship.

The $311-million CU said its "American Dreamer Loan" will help 30 people in its first year alone. The loan will be available only to legal, permanent residents. FFFCU said the cost of citizenship application can run from $2,500 up to $5,000.

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