San Diego’s Hispanic population is the fastest growing and will become the region’s largest ethnic group by 2030. Yet it is the least prepared to enter or complete college:


of 7th graders are Hispanic


of Hispanics have a bachelor’s degree

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Galilea Marin’s Story

Galilea Marin
Galilea Marin, 2018 Needs-Based Scholarship Recipient.

To build a strong local talent pipeline, we need to create a more inclusive economy and workforce by closing the minority achievement gap and giving San Diegans the tools they need to succeed.

It begins with access to education.

Just ask Galilea Marin.

Galilea received a needs-based scholarship from The San Diego Foundation for the 2018-2019 academic year, making her the first in the Marin family to attend college.

“This scholarship signifies the key to the door to my success,” she shared. “Not only will this scholarship uphold the cost of my education, but it will ensure an overall peace of mind and happiness knowing that I have the financial support necessary as the first generation in my family to attend college.”

In partnership with California’s College Futures Foundation, local nonprofit Reality Changers and Sweetwater Unified High School District, The San Diego Foundation is helping help hundreds of low-income, first-generation students prepare for, pay for and persist through college by providing needs-based scholarships.

You can help on #GivingTuesday.

Donate to the Needs-Based Scholarship Fund to keep our local economy competitive by creating a more inclusive workforce and helping more San Diego students get to and through college.

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