July 17, 2014 – San Diego, CA – The educational dreams of more than 800 students will become a reality in the 2014-2015 school year, as The San Diego Foundation’s scholarship donors once again came together and collectively gifted $2.2 million in scholarship awards.

Unlike other scholarship programs in San Diego, Foundation donors have an opportunity to participate in the application review process and select their recipients. Additionally, The Foundation hosts annual scholarship celebration events to congratulate awardees and provide donors and students the opportunity to meet in person. Students gain a better understanding of the donors’ passion for scholarships and donors learn more about the recipients they are supporting.

“Education is the gateway to opportunity, and setting up a scholarship fund is a great vehicle for helping others who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend college,” proclaimed scholarship donor, Wendy Urushima-Conn. “Having the chance to connect with my recipients and hear their personal stories has impacted my life immensely and means a great deal to me.”

On Tuesday, July 15, donors and students came together to celebrate and get to know one another better. California State University of San Marcos student, Lisa Flora, was especially grateful at Tuesday’s event and thanked her donor for “reaching above and beyond to not only give back to the community, but to encourage students to work hard, strive to succeed and maintain a positive attitude.”

Scholarship funds are created for a variety of reasons. Anyone can set up a scholarship fund, and there are a variety of approaches. For many donors, setting up a scholarship fund or making a donation to an existing fund is a way to honor a deceased loved one and benefit those who hold similar qualities and/or interests as the deceased did.

For Wendy Urushima-Conn, it was important that she and her young daughter create a legacy for their beloved husband and father while giving back to the community. “My late husband was so fond of kids, sports and education, so setting up a scholarship fund that supports high school seniors who’ve participated in sports was a special way to honor Harvey for years to come.”

The San Diego Foundation administers the largest scholarship program in San Diego County outside of the university system, having awarded more than $22 million in scholarships to thousands of students since its inception in 1997. This year, more than 2,900 applications were received from graduating high school seniors, current college students, graduate students, medical and professional school students as well as adult re-entry students.

“The San Diego Foundation is a trusted source in the community,” said Urushima-Conn. They have the expertise needed to manage the community’s philanthropic resources such as scholarship funds on a permanent basis for the good of the entire region.”

If you share this goal to provide a quality education to everyone in San Diego and want to establish a new scholarship fund or want to contribute to an existing scholarship fund at The San Diego Foundation, contact Danielle Valenciano, Director, Scholarships, at (619) 235-2300 or daniellev@sdfoundation.org.

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $660 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $876 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at sdfoundation.org.

About The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship Program
The San Diego Foundation, which administers the largest scholarship program in San Diego County outside of the university systems, awards approximately $2 million to make the educational dreams of 600+ recipients a reality on an annual basis. $30 million worth of scholarship funds are established as endowments and will be able to provide educational funding for generations to come. For additional information, visit sdfoundation.org/Scholarships.

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Heather Back, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, heather@sdfoundation.org