Areas of Focus

Invest. Fund. Enrich. Preserve.

Invest in Bright Futures.


Scholarships for students.

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.

Fund Student Dreams
Fund Student Dreams

Learn how you can support an existing scholarship or create one in your name or in honor of a loved one.

Read student stories
Read Student Stories

Learn more about some of the students who have received scholarships, and hear inspiring stories of their success.

The San diego promise
The San Diego Promise

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.

Fund innovation.


Mini-grants for faculty & staff.

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 bachelorette 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 mini-grants of up to $1,500 to Mesa College faculty and staff for projects or equipment that promote student success.

Often, mini-grants offer the initial support needed to kick off a new project or initiative that serves students for years to come.

Support innovation in education
Suppot Innovation in Education

Learn how you can be a part of the innovation taking place on the Mesa College Campus.

Learn about past projects
Learn About Past Projects

San Diego Mesa College mini-grant funded initiatives cover a wide range of disciplines and projects.

Apply for a mini grant
Apply for a Mini-Grant

Mesa College staff & faculty may apply to the Foundation for mini-grants.

Enrich through the arts.


World Cultures Art Collection.

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.

Donate to the collection
Donate to the Collection

Learn more about how you can support the collection with gifts of artwork and donations.

view our art collection online
View Our Art Collection Online

Browse through photos of the World Cultures Artwork Collection.

see the collection in person
See the Collection In-Person

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.

Preserve opportunity.


Basic needs, emergency relief, and financial well-being for students.

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:

  • Basic needs through The Stand, which offers food, hygiene products, and professional clothing at no charge to students
  • One-time emergency relief to Mesa’s most vulnerable populations
  • Financial well-being workshops to help students gain financial stability

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.

Join the fight against hunger on campus
Join the Fight Against Hunger on Campus

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.

help students when it is needed most
Help Students When It's Needed Most

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.

invest in students financial well being
Invest in Students' Financial Well-Being

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.