Team 3 Scholars
As COVID-19  continues raging in the country and a new strain is found, everything may seem similar to a never-ending struggle, but rest assured that the world continues moving! AISS has continued to be an amazing program in which students never stop learning! On February 6th, we had tips from John Alvarado, Software Technical Director for Intellivision Entertainment, to better our Team’s recruitment presentation. His presentation to the scholars was also a favorite, as video games are a topic many scholars enjoy discussing and learning about. Peeking into the underlying concept of how video games and consoles are made, what comes into consideration is not something people often learn about; hence the scholars were excited to hear about it. Another exciting workshop on February 20th was the Bite of Reality with Michelle Arellano, Community Development Coordinator for Orange County’s Credit Union. In this interactive workshop, we learned the realities of credit scores and budgeting, which was akin to playing a simulation game! It was truly one of the greatest engaging activities the scholars enjoyed even over digital means!

Talking about digital interactions, AISS has helped the students stay grounded during these times when it seems like the only connections we have are digital. Of course, this doesn't mean our scholars aren't looking forward to returning to school after the pandemic is over! During the AISS Information Session on February 19th, Scholar Teams gave their recruitment presentations. Then in breakout rooms, we talked to some high school sophomores who could join the program as new AISS Scholars this summer! While we are still in the program for now, though, we are enjoying every minute we can of it. In the meantime, the scholars have been enjoying at-home activities to spend some time (of course, after all the homework is done!). On Team 3 alone, we have a scholar picking up a new instrument and recently learned how to play “Birthday” by the infamous Beatles!

While we wait to hear from the universities we applied to, begin receiving notifications of scholarships and letters of acceptance from colleges, we wonder how our future will permanently change. Along with the change of what higher education we will be receiving, we are glad that many of you have had such a positive impact on our lives, and we wish you all the best!

              H i g h l i g h t s
                  Scholar Spotlight
                                           Lizbeth Salmeron
                                Future Psychologist/Psychiatrist
                              Godinez Fundamental High School
                                                Class of 2021

My name is Lizbeth Salmeron, and I am a scholar from the Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies, known as AISS. Currently, I‘m a high school senior from Godinez Fundamental High School. My purpose is to become a successful doctor that can help those who cannot help themselves. To achieve this goal, I have to use all of my skills, including being outgoing, well-spoken, and approachable to talk to people who can lead me to the right path. Even though this career requires taking rigorous classes in college, time, and effort, I am ready to apply myself and overcome all the obstacles in my way. I am ready to apply myself and overcome all the obstacles in my way. I acknowledge that it won’t be easy, but I know that it will be worth the struggle towards the end. I find satisfaction when I see people’s faces after I help them with anything. Becoming a doctor will give me satisfaction with my life. It’s been my dream for so long that I have turned it into a goal. I know that in the future, I will be able to achieve this goal. I will make it a reality, and I will prepare myself for it. The steps I have taken to acquire my purpose are to work on my writing and presenting skills. These are important because in any real-life situation, you will have to use them to impress anybody and leave a good impression. Overall, In the business world, these features are what people see when they interview you.
                   Alumni Spotlight
                                    Samuel Daniel Beltran
                                  B.S. Aerospace Engineering
                               B.A. History of Ancient Judaism
                                University of California, Irvine

I arrived in the US in 2007 from Peru with my family and we settled in Santa Ana. Due to our financial situation, college never seemed like a feasible option; my parents knew we couldn’t afford it. I joined the AISS Class of 2015 while attending Segerstrom High School and through their College to Career Readiness STEM Program, I was able to understand the different opportunities available for me. 

The SAT and ACT standardized test preparation AISS offered, gave me the boost I needed for my applications. Without their out-of-school time instruction, I would not have been able to score as high as I did. As an immigrant, I had to apply to college through the California Dream Act with help from the instructors at AISS. Thanks to the AISS counselors, I was able to better my writing skills and apply to various scholarships which I would not have access to otherwise.

With the help of AISS, I became an Anteater. I attended UCI from 2015 to 2020 and got my B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a B.A. in History of Ancient Judaism. I was blessed to have been accepted with a full ride scholarship. I am currently enrolled in Cornell University studying to earn a certificate in Ansys Engineering Simulation Software. AISS has given me skills that translate further than just school. The network gained and the skills I learned in the program are invaluable.
               Supporter Spotlight

                                     Alex Guizar
                     Quality Engineer at Parker Aerospace
               B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, CSU Fullerton


My name is Alex Guizar.  I received my BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cal State Fullerton, and I am currently a Quality Engineer at Parker Aerospace. I was initially introduced to AISS in 2017 through Alumni and Board Member Lisette Martinez-Acebo to be a guest speaker. I was very impressed by the scholars and continued to assist AISS. I attended many Saturday workshops, events such as Bridging the Gap and the Alumni Holiday Luncheon.  I've also invited young Latino Aerospace Engineers from SpaceX and the Aerospace Corporation as guest speakers to talk to the scholars. 

As a first-gen engineering student myself, seeing the benefits that AISS offers makes me wish to have participated when I was a high school student. I believe AISS has many opportunities and helps develop many necessary talents throughout one's STEM career, such as networking and communication skills.  Knowing how much of a positive impact AISS has on Santa Ana youth, I was able to advocate and secure a grant from my company's foundation, The Parker Hannifin Foundation. One of the most rewarding experiences of volunteering with AISS is seeing the scholars' growth throughout their time in the program and watching the scholars select their dream schools to attend.

I look forward to this year's Bridging the Gap to see where this cohort will attend school in the fall.

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