Community Scholarship Program

The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship program provides scholarship opportunities for local students to help pursue their educational goals and achieve their higher education dreams.

Applications Are Now Closed

Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2020


  • Deadline to finish application: February 5, 2020 (2:00 p.m.)
  • Applicants notified: By June 1, 2020

In 2019, more than 934 students received over $2.8 million in scholarships from more than 146 funds that support the Community Scholarship Program. Among the new 2019 recipients, 52 percent are the first in their families to attend college and 81 percent are considered low-income students based on Expected Family Contribution data.

Since 1997, $33 million has been awarded to thousands of students who help fuel our San Diego economy – making our program the largest private non-university scholarship provider in San Diego County.

The San Diego Foundation continues to find ways to increase educational opportunity and attainment for local students, particularly from underserved communities. Most recently, The Foundation partnered with College Futures Foundation to launch a new partnership, the Community Scholars Initiative, which will help hundreds more low-income and first-generation students prepare for, pay for and persist through college.

Learn More About the Community Scholars Initiative

Scholarships are available for: Graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate, medical and professional school students and adult re-entry students who are attending community colleges, four-year universities, career/technical schools, teaching credential programs and graduate, medical or professional schools in the United States.

Contact Our Scholarships Team

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