Access Summary

Foundation mission: The mission of Access to Achievement Education Foundation is to enhance academic success and job/college readiness among low-income and under-represented minority (URM) students.

The Foundation invites schools and educational programs to become partners and provides funding for unmet educational needs, often unavailable from traditional sources of financial assistance. This includes academic remediation, educational workshops, materials to enhance learning, experiential career days and field trips, and collaborations to leverage resources from local schools, colleges and businesses. Activities that can be sustained after several years of funding are priorities.

The focus is on reaching and providing support to groups of students often overlooked in funding initiatives—students who have academic promise but are not necessarily recognized as the most accomplished students.

The Foundation builds on the best practices of the highly successful 26-year-old Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP), a program founded by Dr. Winkleby, CEO of the Foundation that in 2011 received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for mentoring in these fields.

By supporting the educational needs of such students, the Foundation increases the number of students in the educational pipeline and helps create a cadre of future professionals to meet America’s workforce needs.


Groups eligible for funding:

The following 2 groups are eligible for funding:

• Schools or educational programs that serve low-income and under-represented ethnic minority students, invited by the Foundation to be partners.

• Low-income students from all ethnic backgrounds referred to the Foundation from the SMYSP network of staff and alumni, with priority given to the most disadvantaged students.


Priority geographic areas:

The priority geographic areas for funding are Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in California, with additional consideration given to Northern and Central California counties with programs serving students from rural and inner city areas.


Funding limits:

Funding is limited to approximately $5,000 -$10,000 per school or educational program per year with possible renewal of funding on an annual basis. Funding can be for any academic discipline including the life sciences, mathematics, technology, social sciences and humanities. Funding for individual students is limited to approximately $2,000 per year with possible renewal of funding on an annual basis.