Guided by our family based values and the idea of giving back to the community, the Mission of The Andrés y María Cárdenas Family Foundation is to create positive change in the Northeast San Fernando Valley by providing educational resources and financial assistance to deserving and ambitious students.
FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
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.
WHAT WE DO
The Cardenas Family Foundation provides scholarships and support to students in the San Fernando Valley pursuing higher education, fostering a network of compassionate leaders who elevate their community through service and achievement.
For more than 25 years, the foundation has supported students’ educational goals giving over $1.3 million dollars in support to over 800+ awards of students which leads to additional funding for 1 out every 4 students.
AMCFF creates generational change in the families of the San Fernando Valley by investing in the education goals, resilience and promise of students in their community.
AMCFF offers services and support to help students and their families navigate and manage the journey of education.
Beyond grades and school activities, AMCFF values perseverance, resilience, and ganas - the singular drive that creates pathways where there are barriers.
INVEST IN EDUCATION
The AMCFF scholarship is more than a financial award, it is often the seed funding of a dream and the beginning of a generational shift.
PROVIDE FAMILY SUPPORT
The Foundation provides support to both the student and their family with guidance and services to help them prepare for and manage the journey of higher education.
CONNECTION TO A NETWORK
Our scholarship recipients benefit from connections to mentors, networking opportunities and career guidance from top professionals with life and educational experiences similar to their own.