Adsum Education Foundation was founded in 2010 to respond to the urgent unmet needs of undocumented students in Santa Barbara County. Our name Adsum, “I am here” in Latin, is meant to tell AB 540 students that they are not invisible – that we see them and recognize their struggle – and that they are not alone, for we, as supporters, are here too.



To provide educational scholarships for the benefit of students who do not have access to federal sources of financial aid. Scholarships are paid directly to the educational institution and must be used for tuition, fees, or books.


Who We Serve

Every year, hundreds of undocumented students graduate from Santa Barbara County high schools. Brought to the U.S. as minors, they have withstood economic challenges to steadfastly pursue college and become productive members of our community.

They represent some of the brightest and most accomplished students, working diligently to advance their education despite the obstacles they face. However, their academic excellence is simply not enough to make college a reality.  Without access to traditional sources of financial aid, higher education is a nearly impossible dream. 

Our future doctors, engineers, teachers and lawyers are being left behind and unable to reach their full potential. Without financial access to higher education, these students are becoming part of a permanent underclass of uneducated community members. 

Adsum Education Foundation believes in equity in education and actively supports and empowers AB 540 students for a better future.