The SDEF Board learned that our Scholars and their families are deeply impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to support our Scholars to stay in college, we offered an Emergency Fund. In early April, we were able to provide $5,000 in direct relief. Here is what one grateful Scholar said: "It is incredibly thoughtful of the SDEF Board to present us scholars this opportunity for financial relief. Thank you for trusting and believing in the SDEF Scholars."


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.  


  • $50,000 provides all Scholars with mentoring support and networking opportunities for one year
  • $35,000 buys two Teacher Scholars full scholarship and mentoring support
  • $25,000 buys two STEM Scholars full scholarship and mentoring support
  • $15,000 expands the Scholar Emergency Fund to meet Scholar family needs
  • $12,000 buys a four-year plus teaching credential degree for a Teacher Scholar
  • $10,000 provides the Scholar Emergency Fund for one year
  • $10,000 buys a SDEF four-year university/college scholarship for a STEM Scholar
  • $8,000 buys a SDEF four-year university/college scholarship for a Teacher Scholar
  • $5,000 replenishes the Scholar Emergency Fund allowing Scholars to stay in college 
  • $4,000 buys a SDEF scholarship for a teaching credential year
  • $2,500 buys a SDEF one-year university/college scholarship for a STEM Scholar
  • $2,000 buys a SDEF one-year university/college scholarship for a Teacher Scholar
  • $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 teamsmithrd@gmail.com.

All contributions to SDEF, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible to the full extent by law. 
SDEF EIN is 95-6095413.