Cisneros Foundation’s Donation to AISS Helps O.C.’s First-Generation Students

 Pursue Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) College Disciplines


The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation, which seeks to create a culture among Hispanic communities where going to college is more than just a possibility but a concrete expectation with the support mechanisms to make it all happen, today announced that is has donated $10,000 to Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies (AISS).

A nonprofit based in Santa Ana, Calif., AISS’ mission is to guide high-achieving and potential economically disadvantaged high school students interested in pursing an university education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“Gilbert and I are committed to ensuring that first-generation or economically disadvantage high school students are given the resources and opportunities to pursue their dream of attending college,” said Jacki Cisneros, President, Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation. “As residents of Orange County, we see the value of supporting organizations, such as AISS, which directly helps students right in our own county. We look forward to seeing the accomplishments that these scholars achieve.”

AISS’s program has been successful because it requires all scholars to develop an educational business plan before they start their senior year of high school. AISS scholars give up two of their summers to invest in their futures and that of their families. Scholars earn up to $500 a year to use towards developing and implementing their plans. These college prep expenses include, college application fees (students are required to apply to 10 universities), SAT/ACT and AP fees, advanced math and science supplies, and deposits for dorms. The Cisneros Foundation’s donation will go towards helping to underwrite these costs.

“On behalf of AISS, I would like to thank the Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation for their support of AISS and for helping to change the lives of our hard working scholars,” said Debbie Wells, Executive Director, Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies.

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