San Diego, CA. – Since its official launch in September 2019, the San Diego Mesa College Resiliency Fund Campaign has been receiving – on average - $1,000 per day in donations, with total
donations up to $67,000 as of November 18, 2019. Leading donors who made this possible
include California Coast Credit Union, which provided an Olympian Gold sponsorship,
and a generous bequest from Mesa Alumnus Warren Rigdon.
This is great news for Mesa College, seeing as the goal of the Resiliency Fund is to create a financial reserve that could be used to assist students in need, and
thereby decrease their risk of dropping out of class or college. Mesa plans to promote
the Resiliency Fund for #GivingTuesday on Tuesday December 3, and continue the match to encourage end-of-year donations.
“Raising these funds so early in the Campaign is amazing news for our students,” stated
Mesa College President Pamela T. Luster. “These gifts will transform our ability to
provide our most vulnerable students with the support they need to succeed in college.”
Mesa College’s participation in the Hope Lab Community Colleges #RealCollege Survey, showed that nearly 50% of Mesa College students are struggling with food insecurity while another 18% lack permanent housing. The goal is to raise $250,000 to provide emergency loans and grants to students
at risk of dropping out due to financial setbacks. 100% of donations for the Resiliency
Fund will go directly to students, and the fund would provide financial assistance
for expenses such as textbooks and supplies, car repairs, such as flat tires, hotel
vouchers, and/or food.
View the Resiliency Fund Video on the Foundation webpage.
To learn more and donate, please visit www.sdmesa.edu/ResiliencyFund.
About San Diego Mesa College
Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, San Diego Mesa
College is a fully accredited, comprehensive college serving 24,000 students and offering
196 associate degree and certificate programs. In January 2015, Mesa College was among
15 California community colleges selected as a pilot site to offer a four-year baccalaureate
program – and in 2018, conferred the first set of bachelor’s degrees in the history
of the College. With its premier fine art and music programs, robust language and
humanities offerings, and rigorous math and science curricula, Mesa ranks as San Diego’s
top transfer institution. The college also serves as an important economic catalyst
for the region. Career workforce programs include the bachelor’s degree in Health
Information Management, and two-year programs in allied health fields, Geographic
Information Systems (GIS), multimedia, business, Veterinary Technology, American Sign
Language, hospitality, culinary arts, fashion, architecture, interior design and more.
Situated in the center of San Diego, the college’s small classes, outstanding faculty,
and reputation for quality offer an unparalleled academic experience. As a Hispanic
Serving Institution, Mesa College is committed to becoming the leading college of
equity and excellence and to the success of all students, including underrepresented
students, and more than 2,400 veterans and their families. www.sdmesa.edu.
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