martin and gracia andersen foundation

Valencia Foundation has been helping students reach their educational goals since 1974. According to a recent statistic from, by the year 2020 there will be an estimated shortage of 800,000 nurses. Our partnership with the Martin and Gracia Andersen Trust genuinely reflects our mission to enhance learning in Central Florida. Our donors clearly see the vision and need within our community.

Due to the generosity of the foundation we were able to award ten (10) students nursing scholarships. These fine men and women all exemplified financial need and a passion for their current field of study.  Gary Wright writes, “I am a 44 year old African American male, I am married with four children. Pursuing my degree has been financially strenuous for my family and me.” Although Gary has applied for financial assistance, he was denied. Often, we hear from students just like this that have reached out for additional help and are unable to obtain the financial means to continue their education. It’s reported that we are currently meeting only about half of the documented need for financial support within our community. Only through scholarship opportunities like these are we able to truly make a difference in the lives of students who might not otherwise be able to afford an education.   

As one of our students writes, “I am grateful for the opportunity to personally thank you for your generosity. Were it not for scholarship patrons like you, many students such as myself would not be able to pursue their life-long goals.” 

We are forever grateful for your support!


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