San Diego Education Fund exists thanks to the generosity of private grants and donations from individuals and corporations. No donation is too small to help a SDEF Scholar.  

  • $5,000 buys a SDEF scholarship for the teaching credential year
  • $2,000 buys a SDEF one year university/college scholarship 
  • $1,000 buys a SDEF one year community college scholarship   
  • $500 buys books for one year
  • $250 buys a used computer 
  • $250 buys books for one semester
  • $150 buys bus/trolley pass to college/home
  • $100 buys books for two or three classes  
  • $50 buys college program and lab fees       
  • $25 buys a backpack, organizers and supplies

Checks may be made payable to the San Diego Education Fund and mailed to:

San Diego Education Fund (SDEF)
Attn: Tina Tran
4100 Normal Street #3251
San Diego, CA 92103

In addition to cash donations, SDEF gladly accepts a variety of other type donations, including:

  • In-Kind
  • Appreciated Assets
  • Stocks and Bonds
  • Life Insurance
  • Planned Gifts and Bequests

For a list of funders and grantors, please click here

For more information, please contact Nancy Smith at (619) 818-6998 or

All contributions to SDEF, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible to the full extent by law.