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