San Diego Basis awarded $3.5 million in scholarships to 983 native school college students at its annual Group Scholarships Program awards ceremony on July 30. Scholarship recipients, their family members, and San Diego Basis donors and volunteers convened on the San Diego Zoo to have a good time one other record-breaking 12 months and honor the following technology of San Diego leaders.
The Group Scholarships Program helps foster fairness of alternative for San Diegans, a precedence of the San Diego Basis Strategic Plan. Investing in native college students is among the most advantageous methods to advance fairness within the area and enhance entry and assets for San Diegans dealing with limitations to realizing full and wholesome lives.
“College students of coloration from low-income communities face distinctive challenges and lots of don’t have the assist and entry to assets or cash they should pursue the next schooling,” mentioned Danielle Valenciano, director of Group Scholarships at San Diego Basis. “These scholarships permit us to assist school college students immediately, to allow them to spend much less time working, incur much less debt and dedicate themselves to deal with what issues most – acquiring their diploma.”
Traditionally, Black, Latinx, and low-income college students proceed to be underrepresented in greater schooling. Among the many 2022 – 2023 scholarship recipients, 69% are first-generation school college students or the primary of their fast households to pursue greater schooling, and 93% of scholars are thought-about low-income, in keeping with their Earned Household Contribution knowledge.
Purposes had been submitted by greater than 16,000 native highschool, group school, graduate, and grownup re-entry college students learning quite a lot of topics, together with science, know-how, engineering and math (STEM); well being sciences; enterprise; and humanities and schooling, amongst others. Greater than 50% of those that utilized had been affiliated with a university entry and readiness program equivalent to AVID, Actuality Changers, and TRIO/Upward Sure.
“As a low-income scholar, affording school was one thing that was all the time on my thoughts,” mentioned Meliya Russom, scholarship recipient, and incoming freshman on the College of California Los Angeles. “Early on in highschool, I promised myself that I wouldn’t have my dad and mom carry the monetary burden of paying for my schooling, and the San Diego Basis has helped me hold this promise.”
The Group Scholarships Program is made potential by means of the beneficiant assist of 146 distinctive charitable scholarship funds at San Diego Basis established by native donors. As the biggest scholarship program within the area, exterior of the college system, San Diego Basis has awarded $40 million to greater than 10,000 school college students since 1997. To study extra about opening a scholarship fund, go to SDFoundation.org/ScholarshipFund.