CHECK BACK FOR SDEF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS IN NOVEMBER 2020.
        

SDEF INVESTS IN THE FUTURE


The San Diego Education Fund invests in the future by ensuring there are home-grown teachers and STEM professionals ready for the workforce. We provide scholarships from the first day of college to graduation for first-generation, ethnically diverse, low-income graduates of San Diego Unified School District. For example, SDEF has returned over 150 former students as SDUSD teachers working in over 75 schools. 


Our Scholars know first-hand the challenges of growing up in a poor neighborhood where schools are often a haven and a teacher provided the need encouragement which helped build their self-esteem and allowed their faith in themselves to blossom. In addition to investing in a Scholar for their entire college career, SDEF scholarship support includes stipends every semester, a mentor/counselor to assist/refer with scholastic and personal challenges, access to an emergency fund, networking opportunities with fellow Scholars and professionals in education and STEM, and assistance with employment at SDUSD once they obtain a teaching credential.


SDEF believes that education provides the basis for individual opportunity and economic vitality. As Thomas Jefferson and Horace Mann argued, free access to public education and the health of our democracy are inextricably linked. To remain a strong democracy, public education must provide the nation's youth with the knowledge, the foresight, the vocabulary, and the analytic skills that responsible citizenship demands. 


JOIN US TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE of 21st CENTURY LEARNING
The term "21st-Century skills" refers to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem solving that schools need to teach to help students thrive in today's world. 

We know why a postsecondary degree or credential matters. The Lumina Foundation says that nearly 12M net new jobs this decade will require an undergraduate degree or certification, while only 80,000 new net jobs await those with a high school diploma or less. Beyond that, we know a postsecondary education leads to higher earnings, lower unemployment, increases the tax base and offers greater civic engagement.

JOIN with us to continue the SDEF legacy of providing scholarships for low-income, ethnically diverse SDUSD graduates. It is now, more than ever, a critical key to rebuilding a strong economic future. With the uncertainties
of the present, there are certain facts that guide our future—there will always be a need for teachers and scientists to educate, innovate, serve, and heal.


OCTOBER 2020 SCHOLAR UPDATE

 

Last year, six SDEF Scholars graduated! Of these, five received undergraduate degrees and one received a teaching credential. Congratulations to Alberto Vega Hernandez, Mackenzie Kelly,Chris Cheng, Brandon Kennedy, Linda Chung Rodriquez, and Oliver Balanzar Flores!


During June, we interviewed and accepted nine new Scholars, so we have 39 Scholars  who are attending college in the Fall of 2020. These students are attending college locally - SDSU, UCSD, USD,and San Diego community colleges. All are graduates of high schools within the San Diego Unified School District and are between ages 18-22. These bright young men and women, studying for a STEM or Teaching career, receive a bi-annual scholarship stipend to help with their educational needs including tuition, books, fees, technology, transportation and emergency needs – whatever fits best for their circumstances.

 

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