April 11, 2017
San Diego Mesa College Announces Scholarship Challenge, Sponsored by Mesa Alum Alex
By Office of Communications
San Diego, CA. — Today, San Diego Mesa College announced that alumnus Alexander Szeto
is sponsoring a “2017 Scholarship Challenge”. Mr. Szeto will generously match any
and all monetary donations up to $10,000 that Mesa College receives between April
17—May 17, 2017, giving Mesa College the opportunity to raise up to $20,000.
“We are incredibly privileged to have an alumnus like Mr. Alexander Szeto,” stated
Mesa College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster. “He embodies what it means to be a member
of the Mesa Family. He is a successful Mesa graduate from an immigrant family who
values what he has received.”
Szeto graduated from Mesa College in 1982 with an Associate Degree in Math, then transferred
to California State Polytechnic University Pomona where he earned Bachelor of Science
in Aerospace Engineering in 1985. He then moved onto San Diego State University, where
he earned a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1991. Mr. Szeto was also
unanimously chosen as the 2017 Distinguished Alumni, and will speak at the 2017 Mesa
College Commencement Ceremony to be held on May 20th.
Alex’s parents, Tony and Lido Szeto were refugees who came to America from Southeast
Asia. For them, education was paramount, and their children have lived by this edict
throughout their lives. For their son Alexander, success began when he enrolled at
Mesa College with a ninth grade education.
“Education changed our lives,” reflected Szeto. “My dream began at San Diego Mesa
College, and my family is committed to helping others achieve their dreams.”
Currently working as a systems engineer manager at Northrop Grumman – where he has
worked for the past 22 years – Szeto is not new to giving back to the Mesa community.
His family started the Tony and Lido Szeto Family Scholarship, which awards four $1,250
scholarships each year, for a total of $5,000, with two of the scholarships designated
For more information about the Alex Szeto 2017 Scholarship Challenge, please visit the Mesa Foundation webpage at www.sdmesa.edu/Challenge17 or call 619-388-2285.
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