Hello! Congratulations on applying for the Foundation scholarship. We wish you the best of luck. To make this the simplest process possible, we have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their responses. We also post relevant tips to our social media accounts, including Instagram. If you still have questions or concerns after reviewing the available information, please feel free to email AMCFF, and a representative will respond to you ASAP.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
High school Students
Must be a current high school senior attending one of the following schools in the Northeast San Fernando Valley: Arleta, Cesar Chavez Learning Center Academies, James Monroe, Kennedy, North Hollywood, Panorama, Polytechnic, San Fernando, Sylmar, and Van Nuys.
Continuing College Students (Exception for Mission College Students)
Must have graduated from one of the above-listed schools.
Must be accepted or enrolled in a college, trade/vocational school, university, or community college in the fall of 2023 and attendance through the spring of 2024 as a full-time student.
An undergraduate must carry at least 12 units.
Los Angeles Mission College Students
Must be enrolled as a full-time student at Los Angeles Mission College.
Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To complete the application, the following documents must be completed and submitted by their deadlines:
DocuFree Application for Federal Student AiD (FAFSA)
The U.S. Department of Education makes the FAFSA available free of charge to apply for federal and state student grants, work-study, and loans. The Foundation encourages all scholarship applicants to apply for federal financial aid. To complete a FAFSA, please visit click here.
You must provide verification of your most current GPA. You may also submit a GPA Verification Form which you can download by clicking here. Note: We will accept 2023 applicants' unofficial LAUSD transcripts or screenshots of your LAUSD transcripts in place of the GPA verification form. The screenshot must show your name and current date.
Your educational resume is a required document to apply for the scholarship. This document assists the Scholarship Committee in getting a better picture of the person you are outside your GPA and test scores. Your educational resume allows you to showcase additional accomplishments such as awards, work experience, volunteer work, and special classes you have taken. Sample Resume of a High School Student.
Letter of Recommendation
This letter is essential in the selection process. The letter of recommendation helps the Scholarship Committee distinguish you from other candidates. It must include the relationship your Recommender has with you and the length of time they have known you; your strengths, including motivation, leadership, and commitment; examples of commitment to achieve your educational goals; examples which elaborate on your potential to compete in a college atmosphere and your community/volunteer service.
Your Recommender should be a teacher, counselor, or college advisor. Or, if you have been out of school for two or more years, your recommender may be your most recent employer. The Recommender should NOT BE A RELATIVE OR FRIEND.
AB540 Students may apply for the Andrés y María Cárdenas Family Foundation Scholarship if they meet the above general eligibility requirements.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions
Watch the Tutorial Video on how to apply:
Please use the below deadlines to assist you in completing your application.
Application Submission: March 17, 2023
Letters of Recommendation Submission: March 24, 2023
Upload Completed GPA Verification form: March 24, 2023