In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Achievement Institute for STEM Scholars at AISS Foundation, P.O.Box 11744 Santa Ana, CA 92711
Or you can donate directly to our website here.

Please get in touch with Debbie Wells, Executive Director for AISS if you have any questions at

What we do

The mission of the Achievement Institute for STEM Scholars is to guide high-achieving, economically disadvantaged high school students interested in pursuing a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty.

Our Impact

Why We Need AISS

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192 AISS Graduated Scholars

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Over 1,205

University Acceptances

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Attend College

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80% Major in

STEM Subjects

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65% Have 

STEM Careers


Our Promise

AISS proposes to maintain its impressive high school graduation and college acceptance rates while doubling the number of scholars we serve. We anticipate program outcomes will increase the number of economically disadvantaged students who major and work in STEM fields.


— Jaqueline Vargas,

Class of 2019

With the help of AISS, I can confidently say that the sponsorship I got through them before even starting college, Gloria and Richard Strayer's donations helped me participate in a summer program that got me knowing the ins and outs of the UCI campus better than some of the 4th year students!

— Irene Beltran, Class of 2013

"Opportunity seemed slim as an undocumented student. However, I could always count on AISS as they offered advice & words of encouragement. They taught me to fight with what I had & be grateful for every opportunity I receive.

-Jonathan Fuentes,

Class of 2021

It's given me the skills necessary to be successful in college and also the skills necessary to be successful after college.

Damian Monroy,

Class of 2021

AISS has taught me many things ranging from business to computer science. my favorite experience so far would be the business class because I can apply the concepts not just in business but also my personal life

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