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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Graduating high school with honors and realizing I did not have the monetary means to go off to a university like I had always dreamed about felt like a setback. Being at a community college, for my first semester, felt like a detriment to my education. Despite this I began to reach out to other students and was referred by a student to a program called MESA. MESA has shaped my educational career. MESA has provided me with opportunities I would have otherwise missed on my own, an opportunity to work with other like-minded majors who have since become like family. With this kind of strong foundation I have been able to excel in my science, mathematics, and engineering courses.