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.

Applications will open December 2020.

Arthur H. Goodman Memorial Scholarship

Application opens March 2021; deadline early June

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


Athena San Diego Pinnacle Scholarship

Application opens early January 2021

Athena proudly champions the next generation of women leaders in science and technology through its Annual Pinnacle Scholarships. Each year, these merit-based scholarships are awarded to five remarkable high school seniors to promote the next generation of women leading in STEM.

Pinnacle scholarships are awarded to high school seniors planning to enter a four-year university to study in the sciences, math, or engineering fields. Outstanding applicants are well-rounded women who’ve demonstrated 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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Cathy Hopper Memorial Scholarship

Application opens April 26, 2021; deadline May 21, 2021

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.

Cathy Hopper Memorial Scholarship applicants must:

  • Have resided in San Diego County for at least one year
  • Have graduated from a public high school in San Diego County
  • Be current college/university students currently pursuing their teaching credential 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 cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • 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, 2021; deadline March 31, 2021

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.


Diana Venable Scholarship

Application opens December 2, 2020; deadline February 3, 2021

Diana Venable was a successful San Diego entrepreneur who spent much of her adult life devoted to helping financially disadvantaged children and young adults achieve a sense of respect, responsibility, and academic achievement in order to overcome the repeated cycle of poverty.  As a member of the Rotary Club of San Diego, Ms. Venable exemplified the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self” by contributing her time, financial resources, leadership, and enthusiasm to the cause of helping others experience the fulfillment of a more rewarding life through personal and educational achievement. This Scholarship Fund is dedicated to carrying on a small portion of the legacy of Ms. Venable, who, unfortunately, died at an early age.

The purpose of the Diana Venable Scholarship Fund is to enable low to moderate-income students who have a record of academic achievement and personal growth, along with leadership potential for both professional careers and civic contributions, to attend a college program. The primary focus will be on students who have ties to Rotary School Programs at Hoover, San Diego High and Monarch or students who have past Rotary ties through the Club’s other school programs or Club members at large.  Recipients will be chosen during the second semester of their junior year and must meet rigorous standards in their senior year including: academic performance, personal growth through extracurricular, community service, and other activities, financial need, a high degree of motivation, and excellent communication skills.  Recipients are also expected to actively pursue other sources of financial aid.  The Diana Venable Scholarship committee will select one recipient to receive $20,000 over 4-5 years.

The Diana Venable Scholarship Scholarship is open to:

  • Priority for this scholarship is given to high school juniors in the graduating “Class of 2021” who are or were previously involved in a Rotary Club partnership at: Hoover High School, Monarch School or San Diego High School. Additionally, applications will be accepted from students in other Rotary Interact Clubs in high schools within the City of San Diego.
  • Students with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and making meaningful progress towards high school graduation requirements. Students who will enroll full-time in an accredited community college or four-year college beginning Fall 2021
  • Are actively involved in serving their community as demonstrated by their involvement in extra-curricular activities, community service, work experience or other responsibilities
  • Are highly motivated to succeed
  • Have exemplary citizenship and attendance records
  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • United States citizens

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


Escondido High School (EHS) Class of ’56 Scholarship

Application opens January 9, 2021; deadline February 12, 2021

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.

EHS Class of ’56 Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be 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 in fall
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA between 2.0-3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident

Preference for applicants who enroll/participate 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.


James R. and Geraldine F. Bertelsen Scholarship

Application opens November 18, 2019; deadline February 5, 2020

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.

James R. & Geraldine F. Bertelsen Scholarship applicants must:

  • Have resided in Carlsbad, CA for a minimum of one full year
  • Be practicing Roman Catholics who are (1) graduating high school seniors with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale who have applied to, been accepted by, and will attend a four-year Roman Catholic college or university in the United States, OR (2) students who are currently enrolled at a Catholic college or university in the United States with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (students in their senior year of college, who will graduate early and not complete a full academic year, are ineligible)
  • Plan to enroll in or are currently enrolled in a course of instruction that will enable them to obtain an undergraduate degree within four years
  • Be United States citizens

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


Katrina Thompson Scholarship

Application opens December 2, 2020; deadline February 3, 2021

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.

Katrina Thompson Scholarship applicants must:

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

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


Marvin Arnold & Irene Jaquetta Heye Scholarship

Application opens January 6, 2020; deadline March 22, 2021

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.

Marvin Arnold and Irene Jaquetta Heye Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be California state residents
  • Be graduating high school seniors and students currently attending a two-year college or four-year university
  • Plan to attend California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo in the fall or currently attend California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo and plan to continue attending in the fall
  • Declare a major in aerospace, civil and environmental, electrical, general and mechanical engineering
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher on a 4.0 scale (high school GPAs are unweighted)
  • Have clearly demonstrated a financial need based on family income and access to other resources
  • Be 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

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

H.B. Goodlin Contest for young San Diego County musicians

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. This year the contest will be probably be a virtual one and the prizes will be $500 a piece for the top senior prizes. Requirements demand two pieces from different eras and styles be video-taped.

For more information, check www.mtacsd.org in March 2021. 


Pacific Beacon Scholarship

Application opens March 3, 2021; deadline May 19, 2021

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.

Pacific Beacon Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be active-duty enlisted unaccompanied United States Navy personnel
  • Plan to attend or currently attend a four-year university, community college, or licensed career/technical school in the United States in fall 2020

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


University Club Lamp of Learning Scholarship

Application opens December 2, 2020; deadline February 3, 2021

The Lamp of Learning is a fundraising organization for San Diego-based high school students attending 4-year universities.  Since its inception in 2004, they have raised more than $175,000 toward need based, merit scholarships. The annual scholarship is open to qualified high school students throughout San Diego County that participate in the internationally acclaimed AVID Learning Program. AVID (Achievement via Individual Determination) students are often the first in their family to attend college and often underrepresented in higher education.

University Club Lamp of Learning Scholarship applicants must:

  • Have resided in San Diego County for at least one year
  • Be high school juniors who plan to enroll full-time at an accredited four-year university in the United States upon graduation from high school
  • Have been enrolled in AVID a minimum of two years in high school (including junior year) and preferably at least one year in middle school
  • Have been enrolled in Honors/ Accelerated courses in addition to a minimum of two AP and or IB courses and AP exams
  • Have a history of community service, employment and/or responsibilities within the family that is referenced in the application and/or letters of recommendation
  • Have demonstrated maturity or leadership abilities in extracurricular activities and school or community activities
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale

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