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An educated, enlightened and informed population is one of the surest ways of promoting the health of democracy.”

Nelson Mandela

The San Diego Education Fund, established in 1954, provides scholarships, mentoring and counseling to first generation, ethnically diverse college students to become teachers, scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians in San Diego.


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 demand. 

Are you interested in become a teacher or pursuing an education in STEM?

The open application period to submit an online scholarship application is now closed. 

Check back in the fall of 2017 for information on the scholarship application process. 

Online applications will be due in February 2018.

These scholarships provide financial assistance and well as mentoring and counseling.

Learn more here.