Our Mission

To promote the Portuguese language and culture by offering student scholarships for continued education.


The portuguese education foundation of central california is a non-profit organization established to encourage students to study, understand, and communicate the values of the Portuguese language and culture. 


Eduina Azevedo, President
Dr. Alisha Pratt, Vice-President
Luis DeOliveira, Treasurer
Clarissa Azevedo, Secretary (English)
Dr. Elmano Costa, Secretary (Portuguese)

Board of Directors

Renato Alvim
Isabel Cabral-Johnson

Michael Camara
Eileen Faria
Manuel Lima
Michael Lopes
John Sai
Maria Hortencia Silveira
Emilia Simoes
Paulo Soares

If your plan is for 1 year, plant rice.
If your plan is for 10 years, plant trees.
If your plan is for 100 years, educate children.
— Confucius

What We've Achieved

  • Founded 1991 * Incorporated 1992

  • More than 850 scholarships awarded since 1992

  • $355,000+ funds for scholarships since 1992

  • Free annual community events to promote language, literature, music & culture

  • Annual Recognition of Student of the Year, Educator of the Year, Business of the Year, and a Citizen of the Year.

  • Eight Students of the Year recognized for earning Doctoral degrees

  • Annual Fado and Wine Tasting fundraiser

  • Annual Day of Portugal Gold Tournament fundraiser

  • Organized visits from Portuguese dignitaries including the Prime Minister of Portugal

  • Supported the establishment of the Center for Portuguese Studies at Stanislaus State University in Turlock, CA, by funding a part-time Portuguese instructor who is now full-time