December 6, 2017 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation announced that hundreds of scholarship awards are available for San Diego students pursuing their dreams of higher education. The 2018-2019 Common Scholarship Application is available online now until February 1, 2018 at 2:00pm (PST).

Using one online application, students can access more than 100 types of scholarships for the 2018- 2019 academic year, with awards generally ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Awards are granted to four-year universities, two-year colleges, graduate, or trade/vocational schools.

“With the cost of higher education on the rise, scholarship support is more important than ever,” shared Danielle Valenciano, Director of Community Scholarships at The San Diego Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of local donors through our Community Scholarship Program, we are removing one of the critical barriers to entry for local families and providing more San Diegans with the opportunity to pursue higher education.”

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. The Community Scholarship Program ensures that the cost of college is not a limiting factor to academic success.

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. Since 1997, the program has awarded more than $28.7 million to thousands of students.

The Common Scholarship Application can be accessed at For more information about the scholarship process, please contact

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.


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