There are many ways to contribute to the success of AB540/Dream Act students. The
AB 540 Dream Project began as the result of a group of college faculty committed to
assisting deserving students who lack financial support. Students that are classified
under AB 540 have not obtained residency documentation yet, but have attended at least
three years of school in California, and have received a high school diploma or equivalent.
Many of our AB 540 students have lived in the Santa Maria/Lompoc/Solvang area for
numerous years and contribute to our community; however they do not qualify for federal
financial aid. This presents a tragic situation for many talented students who simply
wish to become educated, provide for their families and have a positive, productive
and meaningful impact on society.
The goal of the Dream Project is to provide financial assistance for eligible students
to help pay for their education at Allan Hancock College (AHC). The AHC Foundation
will administer the fund, while the Dream Project committee will select recipients
that demonstrate financial need, good academic performance, and a strong desire to
pursue higher education.
We hope you will join us in providing support for these deserving students. You may
give by monthly deductions or you are welcome to make single donations whenever you
please. Donations should be made directly to the Allan Hancock College Foundation,
AB 540 Dream Fund. Your effort in supporting students is very much appreciated.
Link to AHC employee giving form
Link to how to make donations
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Science Instructor, PVHS
One of the obstacles that I had to overcome was breaking the language barrier. Another obstacle I faced was financial hardship. As I completed my classes at AHC, I had to work in many part-time jobs such as a math/science tutor for the college tutoring center, night shift clerk for a local grocery store and vegetable cooling. Also, the MESA program and the STEM Center, not only supported me academically through resources such as access to books and computers, but also through working with students with interest in mathematics, science and engineering.
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