Luso-American Education Foundation

The Luso-American Education Foundation was organized by a group of citizens of Portuguese origin in 1963. The Foundation's goals are to foster, sponsor and perpetuate the Portuguese language and culture in the United States. The Foundation provides scholarships and educational grants in various categories and sponsors student exchange programs, annual education conferences, summer youth educational camps and Portuguese Day activities.

Headquartered in Dublin, California with a branch in Lexington, Massachusetts, Luso-American Education Foundation (LAEF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We are a branch of Luso-American Life Insurance Society (founded in 1868) and proudly serve the community at large.


  • To lead initiatives for the advancement of the Portuguese culture and language.
  • To support qualified students in accessing higher education.
  • To foster life-long learning programs.

What We Do

Scholarships/Grants - The Luso-American Education Foundation awards scholarships/grants to high school seniors and college students of Portuguese descent or those studying Portuguese and members of the Luso-American Fraternal Federation, Sociedade Portuguesa Rainha Santa Isabel and the Portuguese Continental Union.

Sponsor Students - Financial aid awarded to eligible students participating in Portuguese language and culture courses in the United States and in Portugal.

Culture and Education - Sponsor and hold an annual conference focusing on the Portuguese language, literature and culture.Provide support to other education and cultural programs that foster the teaching and promotion of the Portuguese Language or Culture. (i.e. Music,Folkloric Dance, History, Art, etc.)

Community Events and Projects - Support community events and projects aboutthe Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans

Accolades - Honor individuals for their continuous dedication to the Portuguese-American community.

Social Activities - Raising funds with a variety of activities and events to support our scholarships, educational and cultural programs we offer and sponsor.

Cultural Youth Summer Camp - Organize and sponsor an annual weeklong camp on a college campus for students to learn about college life and the Portuguese culture.

Dia de Portugal - Sponsor and celebrate "Dia de Portugal, deCamoes e das ComunidadesPortuguesas" inconjunction with the Foundation's Anniversary and honoring the scholarship recipients.

How You Can Help


Membership allows voting rights at the Annual LAEF for every year the minimum installment is made or after the pledge is paid in full. Members receive invitations to events and the opportunity to run for the Board of Directors.

Sponsor:  A pledge of $500 payable in a lump sum or yearly installments of $50 or more until paid in full.

Sustaining: A pledge of $600 payable in a lump sum or yearly installments of $25 or more until paid in full.

Benefactor:  A one time contribution of $1000 or more.

Perpetual:  A one time contribution of $2,500 will be accorded a perpetual membership and will be known as a "Patron". "Patron" may transfer the membership to a family member not to exceed 5 transfers.

LegalEntity:  A contribution of $500 or more per year entitles an entity to membership. Each $500 contributed per year carries one vote for the year in which it is paid. No such entity shall have more than five votes.


You can contribute to LAEF with a tax deductible donation in the following modalities.

  • In Honorarium for family or friends celebrating a birthday or anniversary.
  • In Memoriam to celebrate the life of a loved one and to honor their memory.
  • Remembering the Foundation in your will or living trust.
  • Making a donation to our various programs such as the Cultural Youth Summer Camp, the annual LAEF Conference, the Sam Pelicas Memorial Golf Tournament Fundraiser or the Foundation's Scholarship program.


Scholarship & Grant Information

The Luso-American Education Foundation has administered and awarded scholarships and grants to eligible students since its inception in 1963. LAEF has granted over $1,600,000 in scholarships and grants throughout the years, and continues to serve its community through its scholarship and grant program. For more information on eligibility and access to applications, browse the links below or call the home office at 925-828-3883.

Scholarship & Grant GUIDELINES  (Click on each LINK below for more information):

  Membership Guidelines

  Non-Member Guidelines

Scholarship & Grant APPLICATIONS  (Click on each LINK below for more information):

  Membership Applications

  Non-Member Applications

Scholarship Recipients

Youth Cultural Summer Camp

LAEF Activities

The Luso-American Education Foundation holds various fundraisers and events through the year. We welcome all who would like to join in and support the education of our youth.

Calendar of Events - Click Here!

For more information please contact the Luso-American Education Foundation office at 925-828-3883 or via e-mail at

LAEF in the NEWS

Sponsors & Donors

Luso-American Education Foundation has been very fortunate to have various business and individuals who have sponsored at our Annual Educational Conference and the Sam Pelicas Memorial Golf Classic.

SATA - Azores Express - Bernie Ferreira -

Luso-American Life Insurance Society  -

FundacaoLuso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento (FLAD)

Presidencia do Governo - RegiaoAutonoma dos Acores

Direccao Regional das Comunidades

California Foreign Language Project, Stanford University

Portuguese Studies Program, UC Berkeley

Mandy's Jewelers - Arthur Britto

2018 Luso Convention CommitteeL & F Fish Market
A.V. Thomas Produce, Inc.La Salette Restaurant
ABLSOFT, IncLAFF Council # 0C-8B - Oakland
Acclaim PrintingLaw Office of Gary Rose
Advantage Body ShopLee & Associates
AQS Asset ManagementLori's catering
Art from the HeartMGS Building Maintenance
Attorney at Law - Steve CostelloMiller & Newberg, INC.
Casto TravelNarcie J. Ferreira & Associates
Costa & AssociatesOlga Bove - National Sales Director - LALIS
Dan Sequiera - Fraternal Advisor - LAFFOrlando Pascoa
Drs. Brad &AleaAngejaPALCUS
Elite Mechanical Service, Inc.Pin Point Computer, L.P.
Emkay FoodsPomar das Castanhas (Amaral Chestnut Orchard)
Furtado JewelersPortuguese Heritage Society of California
George Mattos, CPAPOSSO
Golf NutsRobert Darnell, DDS
John & Eduardina PerdigaoS.D.E.S de Alvarado
John PascoaTAP
S.O.P.A.S. & Institute of Azorean-American StudiesTribuna Portuguesa
So. Unique Painting & DecorUniversal Recycling
Sozinho & AssociatesVieira Enterprises, Inc.
Statewide RealtyWillow Park Golf Club
T.D.E.S Tulare DivinoEspirito Santo

LAEF Board of Directors & Executive Officers

The Luso - American Education Foundation Board or Directors and Executive Officers are elected at the Annual Membership meeting held in December of each year. The Board or Directors and committees are made up of volunteers!


2015 Luso-American Education Foundation Board of Directors & Executive Officers 

2016 LAEF Board Members

PresidentFrank X. Souza Stockton, CA
Vice-President of EducationJoann Malta-WeingardOakland, CA
Vice-President of Fund RaisingBernice PelicasDanville, CA
Vice-President of MembershipTisha CardozaSelma, CA
Vice-President of Public Relations Joseph ResendesSunnyvale, CA 
Administration Director & Board SecretarySara Rodrigues  Santa Clara, CA 
TreasurerAnthony PioWorcester, MA



ChairmanEduardo EusebioFairfield, CA
Vice ChairmanJohn PerdigaoRichmond, CA
Director DeolindaAdaoEl Cerrito, CA
Director Roderick AlvernazBrentwood, CA
DirectorFrancisco AlvesSan Jose, CA
DirectorTisha CardozaSelma, CA
DirectorNilza BettencourtTulare, CA
DirectorJose Luis da SilvaFremont, CA
DirectorFrancisco CabritaDanville, CA
DirectorDiniz BorgesTulare, CA
DirectorElizabeth MottaRiverdale, CA
DirectorBernice PelicasDanville, CA
DirectorManuel BettencourtMilpitas, CA
DirectorFrank X. SouzaStockton, CA
DirectorAnthony PioLexington, MA


LAEF East Committee 

Chair - Belmira Cordeiro, 

Vice-Chair - Rosa Romano (Not Pictured)

Lucilia Esteves

Hermano de Melo

Francisco Mendonca 

Estrela Paulino

Luis Reis


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