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Ways to Donate

Your Donation Changes Their Future

The goal of Achievement Institute’s College to Career Readiness STEM Program is to provide low-income minority students in Santa Ana with a clear college to a career pathway in the STEM fields to ensure that they obtain gainful employment and break the cycle of poverty in their families.

Mail Checks to:

P.O. Box 11744
Santa Ana, CA 92711

For 10 University Applications
10 Application Fees   $650

(2UCs, 2CSUs, 3Ivy Leagues, 3 Private University )

SAT I or ACT Fee    $163.50

(Repeat Twice)

Score Reporting Fee.   $42


SAT II.   $52


6 AP Exam Fees $552

(Avg # of exams taken on college prep track)

SAT or ACT Preparation.   $1500

(This covers courses and material)

Tutors   $2000

(To help boost grades)

College Counselor.   $2500


Total   $7499.50


Thank You, Donors!

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Volunteer Opportunities 

Help Supplement our scholars' education & training 

The Achievement Institute welcomes volunteers and appreciates the knowledge and skills that volunteers can offer our organization and scholars. As a means of enhancing our scholars’ personal, educational, and professional development, the Achievement Institute strives to expose them to professionals who bring the experience and knowledge of the working world into the classroom. Volunteer opportunities include guest speakers and facilitators at workshops such as Business Etiquette, Networking, Public Speaking, Leadership and Teamwork, Financial Literacy, and Budgeting Skills. We also utilize volunteers to serve as mentors and tutors for our scholars.

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Words From Our Class of 2021

A Very Good Agency

Johna Acosta

Leland Aday

Valerie Amezcua

Argosy University, Orange

Kerri G. Barnett

Ian Barreto

Irene Beltran

Caryn Birch

Joyce Brown

Steven Bushong

Brysani, Inc.

Frank Cabada

Patricia Carter

Steve Cate

Estefania Cervantes

Chapter A B PEO


Frank Citrone

City of Santa Ana

Sam Cuellar

Mary and Jerald Debar

Gary De la Cruz

Jennifer Delson

Design & Print Resources

Janet Diaz

Rosa Diaz

Lucy Dominguez

Douglas C. Dyer

​Corine L. Doughty

Molly Doughty

Draper Family Foundation

Edison International

Edwards Lifesciences

Norma Ellis

Farmers & Merchants Bank

First Bank

Carlos Gallardo

Juan Garcia

Nidia Garcia

Don and Marcia Gilchrist

Kathleen Goddard

Norma L. Gomez

Andrew and Sue Ann Gonis

Grant Family Trust

Wendy Gray

Judy Greenspon

Joan L. Griffiths

Timothy Grasel

Juan Gutierrez

J. Ronald Hargreaves

David N. Hartman

​Cordelia L. Hauge

Alejandro Hernandez

Izarael Hernandez

Zeke Hernandez

Hector Hinojosa

Henry "Pat" Hofferbert

​​Cora V. Horger


Trez Ibrahim

A. Keith Johnson

Dolores Juarez

​Just Give Foundation

​Michael Keener

Parker S. Kennedy

Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana

John J. Kogler

​LaChiquita-Green Parrot Villa

Wilton J. Lam

Julie Lee

Ute Leonard

Barbara A. Lewis

Raquel Lomeli

Kimberly Lopez​

Adam MacDonald

Murdo L. Macleod

Marian Manari

​Terrance Marks

Beatriz Mendoza

Monique Mercado

Luis Mier

Patricia A. Milligan

Modern Woodmen

Karla & Omar Morel

​Sonya Morgan

Sandy "Oliver" Lopez Najera

Nicholas Richards

Aaron Nosler 

​​​​NPI Services, Inc.

John O'Connor

Daniel H. Oldewage

Darrell A. Opp

OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Orange County Community Foundation

Luis Ortiz-Franco

Dennis and Mae Parrett

Karla Perez

​​​Virginia T. Petree

Nicolas and Jeannette Pulecio

David C Purtell

Linda Purtill

Patty Marc Pyckle 

Edmundo Quillares Jr.

Sean Ramirez

Vianca Ramirez

Ron Raya

Marissa Record

Nancy D. Rhodes

Paul Riordan

Elizabeth G. Rivas

Jacqueline Rojas

Santa Ana Kiwanis

Santa Ana North Rotary Foundation

Josefina De Santiago

Craig Schlothan

Shopoff Realty Investors

Arnold Shugarman

Lisette A Silverman

M. Wayne Snell

Nada Soeun

Susan M. Sorenson

Juan Soto

Robert H. Stopher

Gloria and Richard Strayer

Taylor Thompson

The Thompson/Katzaroff Financial Group

 ​​Barbara G. Shoylin

Katie Sulkowski

Constance Thompson

Michael Thompson

Taylor Thompson

Juan A Torres

Tera Engineering

Thrivent Funds

UBS Corporate Donation

Union Bank

​Nancy Valdez

Carlos Vasquez

Nelly Verastegui-Martinez

Waston Land Company

Dixon J. Webb Jr.

Sonya Welch

Debbie Wells

Wells Fargo Foundation

Western Digital Foundation

Janice Wilhelm

Dawn Yates

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Future Plans

The goal of the Achievement Institute is to expand our service delivery and double the number of students we serve in the next three years. We anticipate that by 2023, we will increase the number of scholars we do from 25 to at least 50 per year. Grant funding will be integral to our 3-year expansion plan as we work to build our capacity in infrastructure, staffing, training, and program supplies. Under the current program model, we are only able to serve students who graduate in odd-numbered years. By expanding our capacity to add a new cohort every year, we will help students who graduate in even-numbered years as well.

We gladly accept grant applications, Company donations, or individual contributions. Your donation is tax-deductible under Federal Government Non-profit 501 (c)3.

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Why AISS Needs Your Support

AISS Students receive a stipend of $500-$800 a year. This stipend is CRUCIAL for assisting in pre-college expenses like registration fees for college applications and SATs. To receive the total amount, students must adhere to a rigorous schedule- 44 seminars their Junior Year and 46 seminars their Senior Year; this includes tutoring sessions, STEM-based projects, and a diverse set of study trips. The AISS program is year-round. The $800 stipend only covers part of a scholar's cost to apply to college.


In addition to the yearly stipend, we also provide each student with an AISS jacket in their Junior year, a laptop, and reference books in their Senior year.  99% of our alumni have graduated from college, and we want to continue to provide mentoring, education, and career exploration for our community! Below are thoughtful words our current cohort has said about their experience at AISS thus far.

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