Common Scholarship Application

On November 29, the third-party platform we use for the online application of the student Common Scholarship Application notified us of a data security incident that may impact data submitted through the platform. After careful consideration, we have decided to transition to a new online application environment for the 2022-2023 scholarship season. While the timing is not ideal, we are prioritizing the privacy and safety of our student applicants first and foremost.

Unfortunately, this will delay the launch of our Common Scholarship Application, which was originally scheduled for December 1.

We ask for your cooperation and patience as our team works judiciously to set up a new, secure online application that will work best for students, evaluators, donors and The San Diego Foundation team.

We are committed to providing updates on the Common Scholarship Application launch date, deadline, and review and award process as soon as we have more information to share.

Our Executive and Information Technology teams will be conducting a comprehensive, independent investigation into the third-party platform security incident in the months ahead. This was an isolated incident to the third-party platform and has no impact on The San Diego Foundation internal systems and databases. At this time, we do not have confirmation that any of our data was involved in the incident and we do not have any indication that any application data has been misused.

Who Is Eligible?

Even if you’re not a straight-A, star athlete or student body president, we have scholarship opportunities if you have:

  • Commitment to your education
  • Potential for success in college
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Participation in community service, extracurricular activities and/or work experience
  • Current residence in San Diego County (for at least one year)
  • Need of help to pay for school (including middle-income families)
  • A completed FAFSA or CA Dream Act and Student Aid Report (SAR). This is necessary for all applicants. Recommendation: Please start ASAP as this information is needed to fill out the application.
  • The 2022-2023 academic year for FAFSA opens October 1.

Important Dates

  • Application available online: Date TBD
  • Deadline to finish application: Date TBD
  • Applicants notified: By June 1, 2022


If you have a question regarding the Common Scholarship Application, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I access the 2022-2023 Common Scholarship Application? ►
What types of scholarships are offered by The San Diego Foundation? ►
How many scholarships and how much money do you award each year? ►
How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship? ►
Do I have to be a resident of San Diego County to apply for your scholarships? ►
I do not qualify for financial aid through my school. Am I still eligible? ►
I am not a straight-A student or athlete. Am I still eligible? ►
Can I apply for and receive more than one scholarship? ►
In the application, you ask for my financial information but my parents have not yet completed their taxes. How should I gather my financial information? ►
How will my application be evaluated? ►
What are my chances of receiving a scholarship? ►
Will I be interviewed during the application process? ►
When will I be notified about the outcome of my application? ►
If I am selected as a recipient, how much will I receive? ►
What will my scholarship pay for? ►
If I already have all the funding I need for this school year, can I defer my scholarship to next year? ►
Will my scholarship check be sent directly to me? ►
If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive it the next year? ►
If I change schools, will my scholarship be transferred to my new school? ►
Is my scholarship taxable? ►
Do I need to pay back my scholarship? ►

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