For three decades, empowering young people from our community to attain a college education has been the defining purpose of the TELACU Education Foundation. Tragically, the high schools these young people attend have average graduation rates of only 60%, and not all who graduate are adequately prepared to pursue higher education.
But this is not the case for our TELACU Scholars. Given a helping hand, these young people flourish. Each year the Foundation serves 500 college students, and 1,600 middle and high school students and veterans—all of whom consistently achieve extraordinary success. Ninety-eight percent of our high school Scholars graduate and pursue post-secondary education; and 99% of our college Scholars earn at minimum a Bachelor’s degree with an increasing number pursuing advanced degrees. Additionally, the Foundation has prioritized business and STEM in our Programs to equip our Scholars with the academic understanding to meet the increasingly technical demands of the 21st Century, ensuring our nation upholds its status as world leader in entrepreneurship and innovation.
We know that none of this would be possible without the unwavering support of our network of committed sponsors who make Building the Dream a reality. Their generous investments drive the success of our young people. Today our Alumni number thousands of extraordinary individuals nationwide, including Master’s and PhD program graduates, excelling as leaders across every sector of society!
This year on June 13th, we celebrated our 31st Annual “Building the Dream” Gala, presented by TOYOTA, at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE! As in previous years, the event was attended by nearly 1,000 representatives from the corporate, civic and academic sectors, as well as approximately 100 of our Scholars. On this site, you will find links to additional information regarding the Foundation including its mission, history, programs, achievements, partners and sponsorship opportunities.
Our young people are our community’s most precious resource and represent the fastest-growing demographic in our nation. An investment in them is an investment in America! On behalf of the entire TELACU family, we invite you to partner with us in Building the Dream.
Dr. David C. Lizárraga
Founder & Chairman