Achieving Greatness Award Winning Video
Achieving Greatness -- A Kristina Chatow film which tells the story of three families whose lives were changed forever by a non-profit which gives economically disadvantaged students the skills and mindset to attend college and succeed in life.
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.
191 AISS Graduated Scholars
80% Major in
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.
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.
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