The San Diego Foundation has announced more than $2.6 million in scholarships to eight hundred and seventy-six students pursuing higher education.
The scholarships are made possible through a hundred and forty-three funds established by donors through the foundation's Community Scholarship Program, which provides 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.
In line with its commitment to education and the impact of the Community Scholarship Program, the foundation also announced the launch of the Community Scholars Initiative, a multiyear partnership with the College Futures Foundation, Reality Changers, and Sweetwater Unified School District that will help hundreds of low-income and first-generation students prepare and pay for college.
"As the cost of higher education rises, a significant deterrent to pursuing and finishing a degree is affordability," said Connie Matsui, interim CEO of the San Diego 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."