The Ahlsten Foundation Scholarship
The Ahlsten Foundation Scholarship began in 2018 by awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors at Richmond High School in California. This school is unique in that 75% of the student base is "socioeconomically disadvantaged", with 54% designated as "English learners". It is at this school that we want to offer opportunity to meet the astounding potential of those selected as Ahlsten Scholars. In 2019 we expanded our scholarship into two more schools: San Marin High School and El Cerrito High School. Students are recognized for their academic excellence, their character, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
Ahlsten Scholars will receive an initial award of $2,500 and an Apple laptop computer. In addition, if the scholar maintains at least a 2.0 GPA while in college, he or she will receive an additional $2,500 per year for the next three years. All monetary awards will be sent directly to the college.
It’s not just a scholarship, it’s a relationshipwe are building with our scholars. Board members from our foundation will keep in touch with these students, sending support and encouragement from home.
Meet an Ahlsten Scholar
Ruben Rodriguez, Stanford University
“The Ahlsten Foundation Scholarship has helped me emotionally prepare for college. The foundation feels like a family to me, so I know that I have another family ready to help in any way to see me achieve my dream as a Mechanical Engineer from Stanford University!”
Jesse Hernandez, Lewis and Clark University
“This past year has been a dream come true for me. I never in a million years thought I would be going to college or even graduating from high school. The price of going to college always scared me. But thanks to all of you, the price of college is something I don’t have to worry about anymore. All of you showed a shy, Latino kid from the Gators of Richmond the opportunity to fulfill the promise I made to my grandmothers over 8 years ago. My promise was to achieve a college education and use it for the betterment of myself and others. I am just so overwhelmed with all the love and support that I have. It truly is a blessing. I thank you all from the top and bottom of my heart. I hope one day, I can be in a situation where I can help underprivileged students receive a college education. You guys deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for being so awesome.”