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, 2021

2020 Numbers

Scholarships 2020 Leaderboard

In addition, 83% percent are considered low-income students based on Expected Family Contribution data. The Community Scholarship program awards include $315,200 through the Community Scholars Initiative.

View 2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients

Where Are 2020 Scholarship Recipients From?


In addition, there are scholarship recipients from communities in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Northern California, Santa Barbara County and Washington. Click the map to enlarge.

Where Will Students Be Attending College?

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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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