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    San Diego Foundation Scholarship Program

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by San Diego Foundation

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 2, 2024
    Multiple awards worth

    $1,000 - $10,000

    Grade level

    High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    March 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a current, incoming, or re-entry undergraduate student who has resided in San Diego County (CA) for at least one year? If so, you may be eligible for some of the many San Diego Foundation Scholarships! There are a variety of scholarships available based on race/ethnicity, gender, religion, employment history, academic interest, background, and more. Winning applicants will be awarded between $1,000 and $10,000. To find out more about each scholarship’s specific requirements, we recommend checking out their individual profiles on the San Diego Foundation website. Upon completing the Common Application, students will be considered for each of the ~130 scholarships they may be eligible for.

    If you do fit the criteria for any of the scholarships, we encourage you to apply!

    About San Diego Foundation

    The San Diego Foundation, for nearly 50 years, has been trusted by local donors, nonprofits, communities, government and civic leaders to transform lives and to make lasting change that moves the region forward. As San Diego’s largest regional community foundation, the SD Foundation works to understand the pulse of their local communities better than anyone, enabling donors and nonprofit partners to tackle the most critical needs facing San Diegans.

    Eligibility information

    The residency, grade level, and GPA requirements listed below must be met to qualify for any of the SD Foundation Scholarships. Almost all of the scholarships are for San Diego County residents, so please review the criteria carefully if you are not a resident. To qualify as a San Diego County resident, you must have lived in San Diego County for at least one full year and you or your parent(s) must have filed
    federal income tax returns for 2022 in San Diego County.

    Grade Level

    High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Minimum GPA





    San Diego County

    Application information

    In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must either complete the FAFSA or complete the CA Dream Act and submit their Financial Student Summary (FSS), in addition to submitting the other application materials listed below. Bear in mind that some of the individual SD Foundation scholarships may require that supplemental material be submitted (i.e letter of recommendation, transcript, additional essay etc.)



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    Scholarship FAQ

    When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

    The San Diego Foundation Scholarship Program winner will be announced: June 1, 2024.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact San Diego Foundation at [email protected].

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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