November 18, 2019

$67K in 67 Days - Mesa College Resiliency Fund has averaged $1,000 per day in donations

By Office of Communications

Resiliency Fund Campaign Video

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.

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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.


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