Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation Programs

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Current Foundation Programs:

The Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation

Scholarship Fund

The Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Wilmer Amina Carter High School and other high schools in the Inland Empire. Additional scholarships are bestowed to local community-based organizations. The Scholarship Fund is supported by community organizations such as the Westside Action Group and through activities like the Annual Golf Classic charity event held at Sierra Lakes Golf Course in Fontana.

Meet Taleah Smith and Jordan Wise – two of Carter High School’s Distinguished Scholars. Both of these graduating seniors are recipients of Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation scholarships for 2017.  Taleah and Jordan are Vice President and President, respectively, of the Umoja Student Leadership Alliance. Both students have also volunteered on the Bridges That Carried Us Over archiving project.


Jordan will be attending Xavier University of Louisiana studying Biology/ Pre-Medicine. Jordan plans to become a cardiothoracic surgeon or an anesthesiologist. Taleah will attend Azusa Pacific University as a Psychology major. She plans to have a career as a child psychiatrist.


Congratulations to these two scholars!

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Distinguished Scholars Awards, 2017
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Black Future Leaders

The Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation is a leading sponsor of Black Future Leaders. Founded in 1985, the award-winning program develops and prepares young African-American students to successfully enter college and community leadership.

Puttin’ on the Ritz

The Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation has sponsored Puttin’ on the Ritz since 2004. This Gala Fundraiser benefits Rialto Unified School District fine arts programs – subsidizing field trips, competition fees, art supplies and other requests submitted by arts teachers.

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Past Programs Sponsored by the Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation:

30 Under 30

Wilmer Amina Carter initiated the 30 Under 30 program during her tenure as Assembly member, 62nd District. The 30 Under 30 Awards recognized Latino and Native American young adults, ages 20 to 35, who were making a difference in the greater Inland Empire and beyond.  The program was a partnership between the Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation, the office of Dr. Albert Karnig, then President of Cal State San Bernardino, and a committee of Latino community leaders.


LegiSchool Project

The LegiSchool Project in Sacramento, California provides opportunities for students to engage in public policy and the legislative process. The Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation provided financial support to San Bernardino students who participated in in a field trip to the State Capitol. These students testified in support of legislation that increased student access. The LegiSchool Project is a collaboration between Cal State University Sacramento and the California State Legislature and is governed by the Center for California Studies.