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 San Diego Education Fund exists to increase and diversify local educators teaching in San Diego schools and to promote higher education in the areas of science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM).

 
We provide scholarships, counseling and mentoring to achieve these goals. 
Learn more about our three programs below.

The purpose of the Teacher Scholars Program is to increase and diversify the pool of local educators teaching in San Diego schools. At SDEF, we are committed to providing scholarship and mentoring support to our Teacher Scholars from their first day in college to their undergraduate degree and teaching credential. To achieve this, the SDEF awards multi-year scholarships (including teaching credential year) to outstanding low-income high school students who have graduated from and reflect the diversity in the SDUSD.

 

A critical component to ensure that the Scholars graduate and earn their teaching credential is the mentoring and counseling provided by the SDEF. Each student is provided with a mentor who works closely with him or her throughout the college years. All Scholars complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the SDEF mentor assists students to pursue all available public and institutional financial aid. The average cost of SDEF scholarship award for a student that completes their undergraduate degree and teaching credential is $20,000 – which includes costs the annual scholarship award, as well as mentoring and counseling, and other educational and networking support opportunities. In the credential year, the scholarship amount doubles, allowing the student to focus on their studies.

Initially established as an endowment by two SDUSD educators, Jack and Virginia Mashin, the purpose of the STEM Scholars Program is to increase the number of students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The scholarships are for undergraduate college studies. The students must attend a college or university in San Diego County. Similar to the Teacher Scholars, all STEM scholars are provided with on-going mentoring and counseling and assistance with accessing public and institutional financial aid.  The average scholarship cost for those earning an undergraduate degree is $16,000 – which includes costs the annual scholarship award, as well as mentoring and counseling, and other educational and networking support opportunities. 

The San Diego Education Fund acts as a depository and fiscal agent for 35 special student/school enrichment programs for schools that do not have a separate school foundation and that may not be publicly funded.  Examples include Educators Rising, Parent Outreach & Engagement, and Teacher Prep & Support. Funds are donated by foundations and businesses to specific programs and schools and are under the purview of the Board of Directors and reviewed by the Finance Committee on a quarterly basis.