According to research from the Public Policy Institute of California, only a fraction of students in California capable of earning a degree actually do, and students from underserved communities are greatly underrepresented in colleges and universities.

Couple that with the Georgetown Public Policy Institute research showing 63 percent of all job openings by 2018 will require workers with at least some college education, and you can begin to understand the opportunities that education affords our local youth.

On July 15, local philanthropists, students and families came together at our annual Scholarships Celebration to recognize the impact of The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship Program.

Thanks to hundreds of donors who believe in the importance of education and give through The Foundation, more than 900 students received scholarships to pursue their academic goals in 2017-2018.

And the impact doesn’t stop there.


[pullquote]Without the scholarship I received and support of the donors and mentors involved, my life trajectory would have been very different[/pullquote]

At the event, philanthropist, President Emeritus of University of California and former Chancellor of UC San Diego Bob Dynes and former scholarship recipient Jawid Habib spoke to guests about the importance of education and the impact philanthropy can have on a student’s success.

“Without the scholarship I received and support of the donors and mentors involved, my life trajectory would have been very different,” explained Habib.

Today, Habib is a successful defense attorney in San Diego at the forefront of employment law with Littler Mendelson P.C — a global law firm at the forefront of issues shaping the nation’s labor and employment laws.

Community Scholarship Program

Since 1997, more than $28.7 million has been awarded to thousands of students in San Diego, thanks to the generosity of numerous donors like Dynes.

What’s more, that financial figure has an exponential and intangible impact on the lives of every student who receives support.

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The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship Program is the largest in the region outside of the university system and provides a variety of scholarships to high school students, current college students, graduate students and adult re-entry students.

We want to ensure the cost of college is not a limiting factor to academic success. Thanks to philanthropy, we are making higher education more accessible and attainable for all San Diegans. And we need your help.

We encourage you to setup your own named scholarship fund and help more young people in San Diego accomplish their higher education dreams.

Open a Scholarship Fund