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.

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.

2021 Numbers


Since 1997, $36 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.

Additionally, The San Diego Foundation continues to find ways to increase educational opportunity and attainment for local students, particularly from underserved communities. Made possible through a partnership with the College futures Foundation and generous contributions of donors who are passionate about education, the Community Scholars Initiative helps 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.


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