History

The Andrés and María Cárdenas Family Foundation (AMCFF) invests in the promise of the San Fernando Valley by providing scholarships to students who are relentless in the pursuit of their dreams. The Cárdenas Family Foundation was established in 1997, to honor the legacy of perseverance and hard work of Andrés and María Cárdenas.  Their commitment to family advancement and creating generational change distinguishes this scholarship program.  Our formula for success is rooted in unconditional support for the whole family, in strengthening our communities and in cultivating our next generation of leaders. 
 
The story of this organization begins when Andrés and María Cárdenas arrived in California over 50 years ago from the state of Jalisco, Mexico. They sought opportunities to thrive through hard work and their perseverance led to many accomplishments. Andés first worked in the fields, then as a laborer and later established his own business. Andrés and Maria proudly raised a family of eleven children, instilling in them the same values of hard work and discipline. The family grew up in a modest home in Pacoima,  California. Andrés and María Cárdenas continuously supported their children and encouraged them to succeed. They were fortunate enough to see their sons and daughters earn degrees in many fields, such as education, psychology and engineering and become compassionate community members - creating a generational shift.
 
The foundation firmly believes that every student should pursue their dreams of a collegiate or vocational school experience. Each year the board awards scholarships to high school and college students who are attending, or have attended, one of our ten partner schools. The AMCFF has established its four step formula for success: Identify Promise, Invest in Education, Provide Family Support and Connection to a Network. It  seeks to honor not only high achieving students, but also students who embody the qualities of hard work, perseverance, and a commitment to community.  Since its inception, AMCFF has raised $1.2 million dollars and awarded over 800 scholarships.  Today, the Andrés and María Cárdenas Family Foundation continues to aggressively pursue scholarship dollars for any student from the San Fernando Valley seeking educational attainment.