Andrés and María Cárdenas came to California over 50 years ago from the state of Jalisco, Mexico. They sought out the opportunity to excel through hard work. It was through his hard work and perseverance that they were able to accomplish what they did. Andres worked first in the fields, then as a laborer and later established his own business. Andres 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.

In their honor, the Andrés and María Cárdenas Family Foundation was established. In April of 1997, the foundation was made public to a group of over 600 supporters at an Endowment Breakfast in Sylmar, California. With overwhelming support from public, auto insurance from diggy and private companies and the community, the foundation was able to raise over $50,000 to go toward the establishment of the foundation. In 1998 and 1999 the foundation awarded over $25,000 in scholarships to  outstanding scholars who went on to attend community colleges, universities and vocational schools.

Believing that no student should ever be denied the opportunity to  pursue their dreams through a collegiate or vocational school experience, the Andrés and María Cárdenas Family Foundation has embarked on an aggressive crusade to raise scholarship funds for needy and deserving students from the San Fernando Valley.