Other TSDF Scholarships

Find your scholarship, and reach your educational goals. Outside of the Common Scholarship Application, which offers students a chance to apply for more than 100 scholarships with just one application, The San Diego Foundation manages other TSDF scholarships for students, each with their own application, set of criteria and deadline.

For each separate application, follow the instructions to receive more information and obtain a copy of the application.

Arthur H. Goodman Memorial Scholarship

Application opens TBD; Deadline TBD

Arthur Goodman was a true pioneer in the field of small business finance and community development. He founded CDC Small Business Finance Corporation in 1978, and spent the next twenty years building it into the most successful SBA Certified Development Corporation in the country. Art made community and economic development a core value and mission of the Corporation he created. He was very committed to the development of minorities and women in economic development and to those communities struggling to build a better economy.

In response to the many requests the CDC received from organizations and individuals expressing a desire to contribute to a cause in Art’s memory, the CDC established the Arthur H. Goodman Scholarship Fund. The fund provides scholarships to women and minorities who are committed and engaged in their communities. Scholarships are targeted to those individuals graduating from a community college and transferring to a four-year university.

Click here for more information about CDC or contact Robert Villarreal at (800) 611-5170.


Athena San Diego Pinnacle Scholarship

Application opens December 5, 2018; Deadline February 5, 2019

Athena San Diego supports the next generation of women leaders in science and technology through its annual Pinnacle Scholarships. These merit-based scholarships are awarded to five qualified graduating high school senior women in San Diego County and are presented at their annual Pinnacle Awards dinner in the spring.

Pinnacle Scholarships are awarded to eligible high school senior women planning to enter a four-year university with the goal of a career in the sciences, math, computer science or engineering. Outstanding applicants are well-rounded women who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership in school organizations and community involvement. Each scholarship is a minimum of $2,500 per year for two years.

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Boulé Education Initiative Scholarship

Application opens December 5, 2018; Deadline February 5, 2019

The Boulé Education Initiative (BEI) empowers African American young men through education. This program engages students from several local schools throughout San Diego with the goal of teaching critical academic and life skills to aid these students in their quest for college admission and graduation. Students who have successfully completed the BEI program and graduate from high school are eligible to compete for and receive a scholarship to help fund the cost of tuition, room and board, fees, books and other educational costs at their college for which they enroll post high school graduation.

The Boulé Education Initiative Scholarship is open to:

  • San Diego County residents
  • Graduating high school seniors who will enroll full-time at an accredited four-year university in the United States
  • Have a commitment to serving their communities through extra-curricular activities, work, or community service
  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Achieved a minimum of 80% attendance at all BEI events and workshops

This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, fees, room & board and other educational expenses.

For more information, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


Brian Forbes Memorial Scholarship

Application opens December 5, 2018; Deadline February 5, 2019

The Brian Forbes Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the donor’s beloved husband, Brian, who passed away on August 13, 2018.

The Brian Forbes Memorial Scholarship Fund is open to:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate students attending the University of California at Berkeley
  • Playing a varsity sport at the collegiate level (for sports in which athletic scholarships are not typically available)
  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Financial need will be considered

Additional Requirements: Letter of recommendation on official letterhead from the University verifying your participation in varsity.

This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, fees, and other educational expenses.

For more information, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


Bright Futures Scholarship

Application opens December 5, 2018; Deadline February 5, 2019

The Bright Futures Scholarship was established by the Vi at La Jolla Village residents out of appreciation for the Vi at La Jolla Village employees who wanted a way to help them pursue education, more opportunities and a bright future.

The Bright Futures Scholarship is open to:

  • Hourly employees (security and valet service contract included) and their biological, adopted or stepchildren of employees at the Vi at La Jolla Village
  • Graduating high school seniors, current college/university students, current community college students, graduate students, trade/vocational school students who:
    • Plan to or are currently enrolled in an accredited community college, four-year university, trade/vocational or graduate school in the United States
    • Have a minimum unweighted undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
    • Have a demonstrated financial need

Additional materials: Letter on official letterhead from the Human Resources department verifying the applicant or applicant’s parent is employed with the Vi at La Jolla Village. The letter must indicate the employee has passed their 90-day probationary period by the time the scholarship application closes (February 5, 2019).

This scholarship may be used for tuition, books and fees.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the application and guidelines, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


Cathy Hopper Memorial Scholarship

Application opens April 22, 2019; Deadline May 24, 2019

Cathy Hopper was a long-time educator and resident of San Diego County. She received her Master of Arts in Education from San Diego State University. She was a teacher in the social studies classroom of Gompers Middle School and then Taft Middle School. She became Vice Principal at Madison, then Patrick Henry High which she helped open. Cathy became Principal at Wright Brothers Career High, then Bell Jr. High and was the first Principal at University City High, being one of only two women high school principals at the time. Cathy then served as Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the San Diego Unified School District. She was one of the administrators during the tumultuous integration movement and worked tirelessly to allay fears and helped make for a peaceful transition. Upon her retirement, Cathy helped inaugurate the Aaron Price Fellows Scholarship Program.

The Cathy Hopper Memorial Scholarship is open to:

  • San Diego County residents who have graduated from a public high school in San Diego County
  • Graduating college/university seniors or current college/university graduate students – pursuing their teaching credential or Master’s degree and/or student teaching at a university in California with the goal of a career as a K-12 public school teacher in California.
  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • Have shown a commitment to their community through meaningful community service
  • Have a demonstrated financial need

This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, and fees room & board, and other educational expenses.

The scholarship may be renewable (depending upon available funds) for up to two years total, provided the student maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, good citizenship record, and continues to have financial need.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the application and guidelines, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


David C. Sommerville Memorial Scholarship

Application opens January 1, 2019; Deadline March 31, 2019

The David C. Sommerville Memorial Scholarship was established by Plumbers & Pipefitters, Local Union 230 for the purpose of providing financial assistance to college bound children and grandchildren of Local Union 230 members.

Click here for more information about Plumbers & Pipefitters, Local Union 230 or call (858) 554-0586.


Escondido High School (EHS) Class of ‘56 Scholarship

Application opens January 15, 2019; Deadline February 13, 2019

The EHS Class of ‘56 Scholarship Fund was established by members of the Escondido High School graduating class of 1956 to assist current graduating Escondido High School seniors who have attended EHS all four years, have a financial need and plan to attend a community college in the United States. The alumni of the EHS Class of 1956 wish to contribute to furthering the education of EHS graduates for years to come.

The EHS Class of ’56 Scholarship is open to:

  • Graduating seniors from Escondido High School (EHS) who have attended EHS at least three years
  • Plan to attend an accredited two-year community college or trade school in the United States
  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA between 2.0-3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident
  • Recommend enrollment/participation in the FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE) and the SUMMER BRIDGE program for entering Community College students

For more information, contact Esther Barcoma, M.Ed., Counselor at Escondido High School at (760) 291-4046 or ebarcoma@euhsd.org.


Friends of San Diego ICO Scholarship

Application opens December 5, 2018; Deadline February 5, 2019

The Friends of San Diego ICO Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to individuals who have had a significant level of participation in San Diego ICO outings. San Diego ICO is a nonprofit program dedicated to providing outdoor recreational experiences to low-income urban youth of diverse cultural backgrounds. Its goals are to help those youth challenge themselves physically, learn how to enjoy wilderness safely, and develop a desire to enjoy and protect open spaces within and around their local communities.

The Friends of San Diego ICO Scholarship Fund is open to:

  • Graduating public high school seniors, current community college or 4-year university students or licensed career/technical school students who have had significant level of participation in San Diego ICO outings
  • Students planning to or are currently attending an accredited four-year university, community college or licensed career/technical school in the United States
  • Have a minimum unweighted 2.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Have a history of active involvement in extracurricular activities, community service or work experience

For more information or to obtain a copy of the application and guidelines, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


Hans and Margaret Doe Charitable Trust Scholarship

Application opens December 5, 2018; Deadline February 5, 2019

Hans Doe was known affectionately as “Mr. Water” in California. A major player in statewide water circles for more than 38 years, Hans was a two-term president of the Association of California Water Agencies, and served on the Board of Directors of the Vista Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Hans and his wife Margaret were tireless crusaders for water issues benefiting all Californians.

The Hans and Margaret Doe Scholarship is open to:

  • Biological, adopted or stepchildren of the employees at the Vista Irrigation District who plan to attend an accredited career/technical school, community college, four-year university, or graduate school (including medical and law) in the United States.
  • The criteria used in evaluating each scholarship application are based upon, but not limited to the following: academic achievement, financial need, extra-curricular activities/work experience, demonstrated leadership, good citizenship, and potential for future development.

The Hans H. and Margaret B. Doe Scholarship may be renewable (depending upon available funds and amounts may vary year-to-year) for up to eight consecutive years (no breaks in continuous attendance) provided the recipient maintains a positive academic GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and good citizenship record. This scholarship may cover the entire cost of college including, but not limited to tuition, books, fees, and room & board.

If you are a biological, adopted or stepchild of an employee of the Vista Irrigation District and are interested in obtaining a copy of the application and guidelines, please contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


James R. and Geraldine F. Bertelsen Scholarship

Application opens November 19, 2018; Deadline February 5, 2019

Mrs. Geraldine F. Bertelsen was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Carlsbad from 1955 until her death in 1994. She was a devout Catholic who valued her education at Catholic grammar and high schools. Mr. James R. Bertelsen was a retired Marine Master Sergeant and, though not a Catholic, he always drove his wife to mass at St. Patrick’s until his death in 1992.

The Bertelsens were married August 3, 1946 at the San Gabriel Mission. They were a very devoted couple who had hoped to raise their children in Carlsbad. Although the Bertelsens were unable to realize that dream and remained childless throughout their lives, their love for children continued to grow.

The Bertelsens believed that faith and education were the cornerstones in every successful community. To build upon their belief and to honor their love for children, the Bertelsens’ estate established this scholarship in their family name to assist Catholic college-bound students. Due to the Bertelsens’ exceptional generosity, this scholarship will continue to grow indefinitely and the couple’s dream will be realized. This scholarship is based first on academic achievement with need being a secondary consideration.

The James R. and Geraldine F. Bertelsen Scholarship is open to:

  • Residents of Carlsbad, CA for a minimum of one full calendar year (as verified by income tax forms)
  • Practicing Catholics who are (1) graduating high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (high school GPAs are unweighted) who have applied to, been accepted by and will attend a four-year Catholic college or university in the United States OR (2) students who are currently enrolled at a four-year Catholic college or university in the United States (students in their senior year of college, who will graduate early and not complete a full academic year, are ineligible)
  • Applicants should be on course to obtain an undergraduate degree within four years
  • United States citizens

Previous recipients may re-apply if they maintain a GPA of 3.0 and a course of instruction that will enable them to receive an undergraduate degree within four years. Previous recipients will compete with all other applicants.

For more information, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


Katrina Thompson Scholarship

Application opens December 5, 2018; Deadline February 5, 2019

The desire to encourage a student to attend college was the catalyst for Katrina L. Thompson to establish her scholarship endowment fund. As a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in accounting, she realized that not everyone has an equal chance for education and, therefore, to a bright career future. Through her fund, Katrina will help students from her own hometown area of Palouse, Washington realize their education goals and life dreams.
Applicants to the Katrina Thompson Scholarship must meet all of the below criteria:

  • Graduating high school seniors from Garfield-Palouse High School in Palouse, Washington
  • Will enroll full-time at an accredited public community college, four-year college or career/technical school in the United States
  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0
  • Are actively involved in serving their community as demonstrated by their involvement in extra-curricular activities, community service or work experience
  • United States citizens or permanent residents

For more information, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


Marjorie Rose Warren Scholarship

Application opens April 22, 2019; Deadline May 24, 2019

The Marjorie Rose Warren Scholarship supports students at San Diego State University working towards their teaching credentials with plans to become public school teachers. The scholarship was established in honor of dedicated public school teacher Marjorie Rose Warren by her daughter and son-in-law Betsey and Vincent Biondo.

The Marjorie Rose Warren Scholarship is open to:

  • San Diego County residents
  • Current San Diego State University (SDSU) students currently pursuing their teaching credential and/or student teaching at a public school with the goal of a career as a K-12 public school teacher
  • Students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Students who have demonstrated a financial need
  • United States citizens, permanent residents or undocumented students

Average number of awards: 2-4

Average amount of award: $2,500

For more information or to obtain a copy of the application and guidelines, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


Marvin Arnold & Irene Jaquetta Heye Scholarship

Application opens January 2, 2019; Deadline March 20, 2019

The purpose of the Marvin Arnold and Irene Jaquetta Heye Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors planning to attend California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo or current students who are attending California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.

The Marvin Arnold and Irene Jaquetta Heye Scholarship is open to:

  • California state residents
  • Graduating high school seniors and students currently attending a two-year college or another four-year university who plan to attend California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo in the fall OR students already attending California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo who will continue attending California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo in the fall
  • Students who have declared a major in aerospace, civil and environmental, electrical, general and mechanical engineering
  • Students who have a minimum 3.33 GPA on a 4.0 scale (high school GPAs are unweighted)
  • Students who have clearly demonstrated a financial need based on family income and access to other resources
  • Students who are actively involved in extra-curricular activities, community service or work experience
  • Preference will be given to students with a high financial need, former military personnel and dependents of active military personnel

This scholarship may be renewable (dependent upon submission of renewal application and available funds) for up to four years of undergraduate work provided the student maintains a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, remains in good citizenship standing with the school, and has a financial need.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the application and guidelines, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


Music Teachers’ Association of California Goodlin Scholarship

Application opens April 1, 2019; Deadline April 27, 2019; Contest May 18, 2019

The Music Teachers’ Association of California Goodlin Scholarship provides scholarship awards for music students in San Diego county. The awards are primarily designed to seek talented young musicians and encourage them. San Diego County’s finest young musicians under 18 years of age compete in the yearly spring contest.

From its beginnings in 1993, the awards have offered 1st and 2nd prizes in two divisions, a junior division to the age of 14 and a senior division, up to the age of 18, as well as awarding students with honorable mention ribbons or encouragement awards. Since 1998, the Chet and June Schmidt Awards, funded by the William E. Schmidt Foundation, have funded the two senior first place awards of $2000, keyboard and instrumental. Requirements demand two pieces be played from different eras and styles.

For more information, email Lea Rogers at learogers@icloud.com.


Pacific Beacon Scholarship

Application opens March 6, 2019; Deadline May 15, 2019

The Pacific Beacon Scholarship Fund was established by Pacific Beacon, LLC and Clark Realty Capital to directly benefit the educational pursuits of active duty military residents in San Diego. This scholarship is made available through generous donations from Clark Cares and many of the local contractors and members of the local business community who helped build Pacific Beacon.

The Pacific Beacon Scholarship is seeking applicants who demonstrate a formidable passion for post-secondary continuing education in the field of their choice. The fund provides tuition assistance and/or assistance with the cost of course materials (i.e. books, etc.) up to $1,500 per award. Scholarship awards must be used to pursue educational credits at a four-year university, community college or career/technical school in the United States in any field of study, regardless of the recipient’s United States Navy educational requirements.

The Pacific Beacon Scholarship is open to:

  • All active-duty enlisted unaccompanied United States Navy personnel
  • Students planning to attend or who are currently attending a four-year university, community college or licensed career/technical school in the United States and who will be enrolled in courses for Fall 2015

For more information or to obtain a copy of the application and guidelines, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.


Robert L. Wiegel Scholarship for Coastal Studies

Application opens TBD; Deadline TBD

The Robert L. Wiegel Scholarship for Coastal Studies is sponsored by the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association to honor a graduate student whose work best exemplifies the passion for coastal science and engineering that marked the career of Robert L. Wiegel, Professor of Coastal Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. From 1946 until his death in 2016, Professor Wiegel’s involvement as an investigator, instructor, mentor, advisor and consultant to students, private industry, public utilities and government agencies (both national and international) spanned virtually every phase of coastal and oceanographic research. The award will be made to a student pursuing a Master’s Degree or in the early phases of a doctoral program at a California university or college.

  • The student must be working on a coastal problem occurring in the marine environment (e.g. beaches, the nearshore zone, ports/ harbors, coastal rivers and bluffs, lagoons and wetlands), preferably in the State of California. The search for a solution to the problem should be a study goal.
  • Preference will be given to students who undertake field work with the intent of understanding the true nature of the problem through direct experience with the coastal environment.
  • The work must identify the importance of the research and the relationship of the scientific/engineering findings to the social, economic and environmental concerns so commonly encountered in the coastal zone.
  • As promoted by Prof. Wiegel throughout his career, the work must demonstrate a high level of scholarship in which the applicant utilizes the findings of previous investigators as well as original research in solving the problem at hand.

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Virginia & Susan Hawk Scholarship

Application opens early October 2018; Auditions held on March 23, 2019

Aspiring opera and concert singers are one step closer to the Met and Carnegie Hall thanks to the Virginia and Susan Hawk Scholarship. Mrs. Virginia Fletcher Hawk, wife of Captain C.V. Hawk, USN, established this award in 1979 in memory of their daughter, Susan. This fund provides scholarships to young opera and concert singers to further their studies.

Click here for more information or email Shirley Stowers at shirleystowers@me.com.


The Santaluz Club Scholarship

Application opens December 5, 2018; Deadline February 5, 2019

This scholarship was established in 2015 by Members of The Santaluz Club for the employees and children of employees at The Santaluz Club in San Diego.

The Santaluz Club Scholarship is open to:

  • Employees of The Santaluz Club who have been employed by the Club for at least one year, working a minimum of 1,000 hours in their first year, and a minimum of 1,000 hours in each subsequent calendar year.
  • Employees must be performing at Club standard on their annual performance review and must remain so for the duration of the scholarship award.
  • Children and spouses of employees who have met the service requirements above.
  • Applicants must be a graduating senior from an accredited high school, a current college student or planning to attend an accredited career/technical school, community college, four-year university or graduate school in the United States.
  • High school seniors and students currently enrolled in school must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. High school seniors applying for a scholarship must earn their high school diploma to receive benefits.
  • Santaluz Employees, spouses, or children of employees, who are United States citizens and permanent residents.

Additional materials: Letter on official letterhead from the Human Resources department verifying the applicant or applicant’s parent is employed at The Santaluz Club. The letter must indicate the employee worked a minimum of 1,000 hours in their first year of employment, or any subsequent calendar year.

Current or former awardees are highly encouraged to reapply.

This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, fees, room & board and other educational expenses.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the application and guidelines, contact The San Diego Foundation at scholarships@sdfoundation.org.