San Diego Mesa College students are working hard to build a brighter future. Many are sacrificing short-term needs in order to reach long-term goals.
We respect the sacrifices that our students are making, but don’t want them to have
to go at it alone.
To our students, we say:
“If you’re going to put in the hard work and dedication, we are going to invest right alongside you.”
To that end, the San Diego Mesa College Foundation offers scholarships to help students take care of “the now” without sacrificing the future.
Each year, we award over $160,000 in scholarships to over 100 students through a competitive selection process.
Learn how you can support an existing scholarship or create one in your name or in honor of a loved one.
Learn more about some of the students who have received scholarships, and hear inspiring stories of their success.
The San Diego Mesa College Foundation also proudly supports the San Diego Promise, a district-wide initiative aimed to ensure all San Diegans have the opportunity to go to college tuition-free.
San Diego Mesa College is renowned for driving innovation, earning its place as the leading College of Equity and Excellence. The first community college in California to offer a bachelor's program, the college embraces any and all opportunity that opens doors for students.
To support this culture of innovation, The San Diego Mesa College Foundation provides innovation grants of up to $1,500 to Mesa College faculty and staff for projects or equipment that promote student success.
Often, innovation grants offer the initial support needed to kick off a new project or initiative that serves students for years to come.
Learn how you can be a part of the innovation taking place on the Mesa College Campus.
San Diego Mesa College innovation grant funded initiatives cover a wide range of disciplines and projects.
Mesa College staff & faculty may apply to the foundation for innovation grants.
The San Diego Mesa College Foundation recognizes that college is about more than a degree. We see that education has the ability to open eyes and expand minds—and that artwork is one of the most powerful ways to do so.
The San Diego Mesa College Foundation is proud to offer a world-class World Cultures Artwork Collection to students of Mesa College and the surrounding community. This collection, which features over 1,200 pieces from around the world, offers a glimpse into other cultures and civilizations – right on Mesa’s campus.
Each artifact in the collection tells a powerful story of world history, cultural values, and artistic expression.
Mesa’s faculty draw upon this incredible resource to bring classroom learning to a higher level, and the foundation showcases the collection in the broader community.
Learn more about how you can support the collection with gifts of artwork and donations.
Browse through photos of the World Cultures Artwork Collection.
We welcome you to visit our collection on campus. Know of an event or space where the collection should be showcased? Contact us to learn more.
We recognize that it’s not enough to start college – the real reward comes after attaining educational goals. But what happens when circumstances are so tough that those goals are constantly at risk?
For those living on extremely tight margins without a safety net, every bump in the road has the potential to completely alter the course from college grad to college drop-out.
Imagine giving up on a college degree because you can’t afford a $70 book...imagine dropping out of school because your car was stolen…imagine letting go of your aspirations because one unexpected expense meant you had to choose between paying rent or buying food.
We know that to be successful, students must be dedicated, hard-working, and resilient. We also know that even when all these are in place, students may still experience setbacks. To help our students safeguard their educational goals, the San Diego Mesa Foundation supports:
With these supports, students are better able to withstand life’s setbacks and stay in school. Because it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.
You can be part of the solution by donating food, toiletries, professional clothes, and monetary gifts to The Stand. Help students focus on homework not hunger.
Be there for our students when they need you the most – during life’s setbacks and emergencies. You can invest in our emergency relief funds to help students get back on track and stay in school.
As the adage goes, “teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.” Join us in giving students the tools they need to build long-term financial stability through Mesa’s Financial Literacy Series.