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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?

 If you are a senior studying at San Diego Unified School District high school or charter school, you may be eligible to apply for an SDEF scholarship. Please check here to see if your college aspirations are in line with our funding criteria.

Click here to apply!