Our Students

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Pictured above are current Adsum recipients at the age that they first arrived in the United States.
They are now excelling at UCSB, SBCC, and Cal Poly, SLO.


“As an AB540 student, I have had to face discrimination based on the negative stereotypes of undocumented students, who work hard to accomplish goals that at times may seem unattainable. On the bright side, there are people like you who encourage me to become a better student and work hard. You have made a huge difference in my life and have allowed me to realize that people in my community care about my educational success.”
Gabriela, Business Major.
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Class of 2013


About Adsum recipients:

  • High School applicants had an average GPA of 3.7
  • College-level applicants had an average GPA of 3.4
  • Recipients had a modest average family income of $20,587, with an average household size of five.
  • Demand is high. Adsum received 142 applications in our first two scholarship cycles.
  • Awarded over $75,000 in scholarships in our first two years.


Making a difference in student lives – one scholarship at a time:


Setting forth to achieve a higher education has not been an easy task. As an AB 540 student, one is destined to face obstacles, but as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  I say that it is this very struggle that allows me to appreciate all the good things that happen to me– things such as this scholarship.  I say this from the bottom of my heart; this financial aid means so much to me!  Despite being valedictorian of my graduating high school class, I had to postpone attending a 4-year institute due to lack of financial resources, but look at me now!  I will be attending one of the best business schools this Fall.  It is because of my parents and individuals like you, that even though life circumstances seem unbearable, I find the inner strength to keep going.  The last thing I want to do is throw in the towel.  No one has written that life is easy, nor has anyone written that it is intolerable.  All I have to say is thank you for your support and I promise I will not let you down.
Erika, Business Administration
CPSU San Luis Obispo, Class of 2014
I want to thank you for this economical support that provides me the incentive to continue with my education.  I am the first generation to attend college…  I come from a working class family who struggles to subsist. Adsum Education Foundation Scholarship have become one of the few resources that are presently available, and that is crucial to continue with my education.  During fall 2012 I will be transferring from Allan Hancock Community College to the University of California, Santa Cruz....  Once again I cannot emphasize enough the enormous support that Adsum Education Foundation Scholarship has provided for me.  It has inspired me to never renounce my dream of acquiring a higher education because I know that there are individuals and organizations that are willing to support students who are less advantaged economically and politically.
Gemma, Global Studies
UC Santa Cruz, Class of 2014
In my academic life, opportunities to avoid financial burden have been scarce, yet of those very few openings I have always given my best to take full advantage.  Being an AB 540 student impedes me from applying for government's financial aid such as FAFSA.  In other cases, most scholarships require citizenship or a legal residency status, which unfortunately I do not have.  My only resource for income is working with my father, yet my earnings are not enough to sustain my school expenses.  Moreover, as I am taking upper level courses I rarely have time to work. Besides your generous support, you have also provided a boost of confidence in me.  Knowing that there are people who believe in one's hard work motivates me to keep on pursuing my dreams and not stop regardless of the circumstances.  I hope to one day give back to this community in the same way that it is doing so towards my education.  Your contribution towards college and high school students makes a difference in the lives of all of us.  Once again, thank you for your generosity.
Luis, Mechanical Engineer
UC Santa Barbara, Class of 2013
I know that everyone who moves to the United States did so in search of a better life, in search of their own version of the American dream.  I too am searching for that dream and it's that dream that drives me to do my best.  Although I am young, I already I have a rough idea of what my American dream is…one thing that I would like to in my lifetime is open a business that makes and sells electronics, as a computer engineer I think I'll be up to the task….  Even though this dream is important to me I have another that may be even more important.  I want to offer a scholarship specifically tailored for AB 540 students. I still remember the feeling I got from seeing the scholarships posted in high school.  Almost all of them saying "must be a U.S. citizen or resident."  It was a struggle to try and find scholarships that I qualified for.  Not only was it frustrating, but also heartbreaking to be constantly reminded that I'm here illegally.  If I can help at least one student avoid feeling like that I'll be able to sleep at night.  If my company is successful I might be able to pay for a student's time in a community college...it's thanks to organizations like the Adsum Education Foundation that I'm one step closer to achieving my ultimate goal; a good life.
Adair, Computer Engineer
Allan Hancock College, Class of 2013
I thought for a while on the best way to express my gratitude for your generous donations.  When it comes to scholarships and especially AB40 scholarships, applicants usually write about the hardships of being AB540 students and family struggles.  But I am not one to dwell in the past or the hardships I encountered.  Instead I would like to describe my feelings when I opened the scholarship letter; I want you to know about my dreams for the future and how your investment in my education makes my quest easier to transform my dreams into reality. I arrived home around 8:00 PM from school when I noticed a letter in the mail from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara for me...  I opened the letter and to my surprise I was awarded a scholarship.  My first emotion was happiness but a different and stronger emotion lurked within me.  I am known in my family for always maintain my composure and never showing emotions beyond happiness, where others would breakdown and weep.  But this emotion burst to the surface shattering my composure and I began to shed tears.  Enough tears to make up for the all the tears I have kept bottled inside my soul for years.  This emotion was brought forth by the realization that I was not alone; there were others out there who cared about my future, who want to become part of the foundation that will support my dreams.  It was not the money but your belief in me that made me cry.  I felt all my hard work was being acknowledged, all my dreams and hopes for the future seem closer than ever and I said to myself "You are not alone."  Thank you for believing in me from the bottom of my heart.  I have one more year to complete at SBCC then I will be applying at USCB, UCLA, and Stanford to major in Mathematics.  I plan to pursue a PhD in mathematics to pursue mathematical research and teach. I want to enrich other's lives with mathematics just as my professors have enriched my life.  I want you to know, that I will always remember your kindness, more importantly I will not give up no matter what happens in the future.  I promise you that I will not fail. In the future I too will help others achieve their dreams just as you have helped me and I too will become part of the foundation that will help sustain others dreams.  In the meantime I promise to keep in contact and send you updates each semester to make you part of my education, I am positive you would like to know my progress and watch me grow.
Once again thank you for believing in me.
Hector, Mathematics
Santa Barbara City College, Class of 2013