San Diego Education Fund responds to critical needs by increasing college access among low-income, diverse students.

The Need


  • Student achievement is markedly improved when teachers have similar backgrounds with their students. With over 75% students at the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) representing ethnically diverse groups, only one quarter of teachers come from those groups.

  • Students that receive counseling and mentoring are more likely to stay in and excel in college.

  • To stay competitive, California’s future workforce must be well educated in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • California lags behind most states in college access as tuition costs in the state continue to rise.

  • According to the study by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, a teacher shortage crisis is looming due to the decreasing number of Californians seeking to become teachers and an aging teacher population nearing retirement.


Our Response


San Diego Education Fund provides critical scholarships, mentoring and counseling to ethnically diverse students attending San Diego community colleges and universities whose goals are to be teachers, scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Many of our student scholars are the first in their family to attend college.

The SDEF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. (#95-6095413) and relies on grants 
and the generosity of individual, foundation and corporate donors for our funding.
Click here to view our financial information.