San Diego Community College District announced that it will be expanding its San Diego
Promise program from 200 students to 800 students for the 2017-2018 college academic
year during a press conference at San Diego Mesa College on Dec. 6.
“The high school diploma is no longer the entry ticket to the workforce,” said SDCDD
Chancellor Constance Carroll during the press conference. “People – in order to be
gainfully employed and make good wages – require some education beyond high school.”
With an ultimate goal of offering the San Diego Promise scholarship to 2,600 of students, the program’s goal is to help students to attend
college who may have been unable to due to the financial burden. According to the
San Diego Promise website, Promise students come from families with a combined income
of $40,000 or less per year, with 15 percent from families with a combined income
of $10,000 or less.
The pilot program for the 200 Promise students who are attending Miramar, Mesa and
City during the 2016-2017 academic year costs about $250,000. SDCCD Board of Trustees
member Maria Nieto Senour Ph.D. said that the program has yielded positive results
thus far and that the Board is supportive of the initiative.
“We’re thrilled that we have successfully completed a year in this program,” Senour
said. “Education changes lives in much more profound ways than just helping you not
come from poverty and not pass that onto our kids – it also opens your mindset and
allows you to understand so many things that you wouldn’t otherwise."
Some of the current Promise students were in attendance for the press conference.
Among them was Mesa student Quintin Wortham – a graduate of James Madison High School
who was denied the FAFSA and wouldn’t have been able to attend college without the
“This program I am very, very thankful for,” Wortham said. “This helps me because
I really want to become an architect and do something great in the community, and
this program has really helped me to be guided in that direction and be successful
in order to impact the community in a great way.”
After receiving Pell Grants and financial aid using the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid, students who receive the Promise Scholarship will have the rest of their
class fees covered and receive up to $750 in grant money for textbooks and instructional
supplies. Awarded students who do not qualify for FAFSA have their enrollment fees
paid for through this Promise scholarship.
Students interested in applying for fall 2017 and spring 2018 semester can apply now through Feb. 10, 2017 by filling out a form available online and getting approval
from a counselor on their high school campus.
To be eligible, students must be graduating San Diego Unified School District in 2017,
enroll at SDCCD in fall 2017, be state residents or DACA students, file FAFSA or a California Dream Act application, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
Those enrolled in the program are required to complete a minimum of 12 units per semester,
remain continuously enrolled for one academic year and complete eight hours of community
service per semester. They also must complete all assessment, orientation and an education
plan prior to registration; and participate in college wrap around services such as
EOPS, FYE and Peer Navigators.
For more information about the San Diego Promise, contact Student Services Vice Chancellor
Lynn Neault via phone at (619) 388-6922 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to the San Diego Promise can be made online via PayPal, or checks can be mailed to:
San Diego Promise
c/o Lynn Neault, Vice Chancellor, Student Services
San Diego Community College District
3375 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
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