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Thank you for your interest in supporting the Andrés y María Cárdenas Family Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates from contributions from community members, sponsors, donors, and grants and sponsors to award college scholarships to deserving and ambitious students from the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Founded in 1997, the Foundation has awarded almost 1,400 students with college scholarships, totaling nearly $1.5 million in investment in the community’s youth.

Please consider donating today by clicking the donate button on the header of our website and website pages.

The Foundation annually files its IRS 990 Tax Return. You can access the forms at  GuideStar Search.


Since the Foundation's inception, we have been successful in fulfilling our mission to create positive change by providing financial assistance to students seeking higher education.


We are committed to raising $500,000 for the 2022-2023 fiscal year to mark our 25th anniversary. We are the largest supporter and scholarship provider to students of the North East San Fernando Valley.

  • Total Scholars: 1,400

  • Total Dollars Awarded: $1,500,000+ 

  • Annual Scholars: 40-50

  • Annual Dollars Awarded: $200,000 (Goal)


The Foundation covers the Northeast San Fernando Valley and serves the following ten high schools: Arleta, Cesar Chavez Learning Center Academies, James Monroe, Kennedy, North Hollywood, Panorama, Polytechnic, San Fernando, Sylmar, and Van Nuys. We also partner with Los Angeles Mission College and provide scholarships to full-time students.


We offer scholarships to all levels of continued education:
The Foundation focuses on potential and strength of character. As a result, The Foundation awards scholarships to students attending all levels of continued and higher education. Whether a student attends a junior college, trade school, or four-year university, all are recognized as respected accomplishments and are eligible for a scholarship. The Foundation believes in supporting and empowering all students to achieve their educational goals. 

We provide scholarship support through Ph.D.:
The Foundation encourages scholarship recipients to reapply annually and complete as much schooling as they wish. If a student is eligible, they can apply for the scholarship from their undergraduate degree to a Ph.D. 

We educate parents and students about the college journey:
The Foundation hosts educational workshops for first-generation college students and their parents about all aspects of attending college. Commonly, recipients are the first or only members of their family to attend college, and these workshops help prepare them for what to expect from college.

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Volunteers are a significant component of the Foundation. The Foundation operates under the direction of a volunteer working board. The Foundation also works with community members, families, and sponsors to accomplish all it does. Foundation alums are also encouraged to participate in any volunteer efforts available. 

Volunteer your time with the Foundation and help us in our efforts to award more scholarships to students. There are many ways you can get involved throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering with the Foundation, please click on the volunteer button and submit your information. We will contact you.

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