San Diego Foundation Awards $2.6 Million in Scholarships to 876 Students

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Graduating community college students. Photo courtesy San Diego Community College District

The San Diego Foundation has awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 876 students pursuing higher education during the 2018-2019 school year.

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The new scholarships, announced just before the July 4 holiday, are made possible through 143 different charitable funds established by donors through the foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

According to research from the Public Policy Institute of California, only a fraction of students in California capable of earning a degree actually do, and students from underserved communities are significantly underrepresented in colleges and universities. The Community Scholarship Program gives more San Diego students the opportunity to accomplish their academic goals.

Among the scholarship recipients for the 2018-2019 school year, 66 percent are the first in their families to attend college, and 76 percent are low-income students.

“As the cost of higher education rises, a significant deterrent to pursuing and finishing a degree is affordability,” said Connie Matsui, interim chief executive officer at the foundation. “The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship Program helps remove this barrier for San Diego youth and their families, enabling hundreds of students to achieve their educational goals every year.”

The scholarship program is the largest in the region outside of the university system, and provides a variety of scholarships to high school students, current college students, graduate students and adult re-entry students. Since 1997, the program has awarded more than $30.4 million to thousands of students.

Over the past 40 years, the foundation and its donors have granted more than $1 billion to organizations, individuals and causes in the San Diego region.

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