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About Us

We strive to improve educational opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds to excel in the life sciences.


20160919_120643The Abuela Lucy Foundation was established in response to addressing the needs of low-income families and diverse learners who wish to pursue additional education and careers in the life sciences. Abuela Lucy was an immigrant from Puerto Rico. She came to the United States in the late 1940s with only a third-grade education. That is what was available to women during that time period in Puerto Rico. Abuela Lucy persevered and learned English and developed additional skills in math. These skills allowed her to become a seamstress. Working all sort of hours, she dedicated her life to helping her extended family come to the states, often neglecting her own needs. She encouraged her granddaughter and founder of the organization to pursue as much education as possible. In a time and culture where the education of a woman was deemed unnecessary and not likely to get you a husband, Abuela Lucy helped break those boundaries and supported the way for higher education within her immediate family. Her legacy has been honored as all her grandchildren have graduated college with many acquiring advanced degrees.

The Abuela Lucy Foundation was established by a medical market research firm named KOLComm. A special commitment has been made to learners in the scientific fields, especially in the areas of biology and medicine. These fields, which are underrepresented by diverse students, are essential to our daily lives. By helping students pursue the life sciences, The Abuela Lucy Foundation hopes to impact the lives of students in a significant way.

All donations received go directly to providing grants and scholarships to diverse learners.

Our annual fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

Please check back soon for event details.

The Mission

The Mission

The Abuela Lucy Foundation strives to improve, promote, and support educational opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds to excel in the life sciences.

What We've Done

1.May 2015

With the assistance of Diversity Alliance For Science microscopes were provided to inner city students to provide them with the initial understanding of the life sciences.

2.August 2015

Students from YMWIC were given a tour of an ambulance specializing in Basic Life Support. Training and education required to become an emergency medical technician were reviewed and synergies with medical writing, physician therapy and other life science career were provided.


Funding to Link Community School for additions to the school library and other essential school materials were provided to increase their student population.

4. May 2016

Inspired students to create a video about the pharmaceutical process and how drugs go to market.
View on YouTube

5February 2017

Awarded a grant to the Life Sciences Secondary School for their virtual lab initiative.

Big Thank You

Supporting Organizations

Thank you to all of our sponsors for helping support our mission. Click the sponsor button below to find out how to become a sponsor of The Abuela Lucy Foundation.


Order Phase to Phase: How Medicine is Made

PhasetoPhaseThe Abuela Lucy Foundation presents Phase to Phase: How Medicine is Made, written by Rose Rios. The first book of its kind, Phase to Phase was created for young adults on how companies go through various phases of testing for hopefully, product approval.

Recommended for Ages 12 and up. A pop-up version for ages 7 and up will be available in early 2017.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Have questions or want to get involved? Give us a call or email us.





East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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