The Resiliency Fund
Join us. Preserve the dream of a college education.
of our students are food insecure and have limited access to nutritionally adequate food
1 in 5
students are homeless, living on the streets, in their car, or in a shelter
For these students, one unexpected expense can put their entire education at risk.
Join us – and help keep these students in college!
The Resiliency Fund will provide one-time emergency loans and grants to students experiencing financial setbacks that put them at risk of dropping out.
Our goal is to raise $250,000 so that we can help at least 1,000 students stay in college.
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The Resiliency Fund
For many of Mesa’s hardworking students who are making it on their own, there is no lifeline that they can call when life throws them the unexpected. Surviving on such tight margins means that when an unforeseen expense pops up, the only available choice may be to drop out of college to focus on immediate needs.
That's resiliency – at a cost.
At Mesa College, we believe that the resiliency and hard work of our students should be rewarded, and shouldn't come at the cost of a college education. That's why we created the Resiliency Fund, which will provide emergency grants and loans of $50-$500 to our most vulnerable students, so that they can overcome financial setbacks without dropping out of college.
Why the Resiliency Fund?
A short-term problem shouldn't get in the way of long-term success
How much is a college education worth? By some estimates, based on national average yearly salary data, a college degree may increase lifetime earnings by over $2.2 million.
Too many Mesa students are forced to give up on a lifetime of higher earnings when faced with one small, unexpected expense.
Without savings or family to turn to, a flat tire could eliminate the entire grocery budget for the month. A missed day at work due to illness or injury might make paying rent on time impossible. Caught in a downward spiral, dropping out of college may be the only option for financial relief.
Money is the #1 reason that students give for dropping out of college without a degree.
One in four students have dropped a class because they could not afford the required textbooks.
70% of students are working to support themselves and their families while in school.
How Will Funds Be Used?
100% of donations for the Resiliency Fund will go directly to helping students cover financial emergencies that put them at risk of dropping out. Through small grants and loans of $50-$500, we will focus on ensuring students have:
- The needed textbooks and study materials - vouchers for textbooks, gifts of backpacks, and basic school supplies.
- A safe place to stay (and study) - subsidies for utilities, one-time eviction prevention grants, and vouchers for discounted or fully-funded hotel stays for those facing a short-term housing crisis.
- The means to get to class - bus passes and loans or payments to cover the cost of car repairs.
- Enough food to get by - gift cards to grocery stores, access to both grocery staples and free fresh produce.
- Resources to stay well - subsidies for copays and prescription glasses/contacts.
The difference you can make
By investing in those who are investing in themselves, you have the power to preserve the opportunity of a college education.
With an investment in the Resiliency Fund, you can help students regain financial stability—without dropping out. Your gift will send a message to students that their hard work matters, and bring hope that the sacrifices they are making today will secure a much brighter tomorrow.
To donate via check, please make payable to San Diego Mesa College Foundation indicating “Resiliency Fund”
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
Attn: Resiliency Fund
For questions, contact Krista Stellmacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-388-2285.
Here’s what your investment can do:
replaces a flat tire or provides a bus pass for a student to get to class
covers lost pay for a student making minimum wage who is sick for 2 days
provides 4 nights of a safe place to stay for a student experiencing domestic violence
covers repairs for 2 students living out of their car so they don’t end up on the street
helps preserve the dream of a college education for 10 students
transformative gift that will change the future of at least 50 students
Meet Our Students
Mesa students come from all walks of life. Many face barriers to accessing higher education, and community college offers a path to a college degree that wouldn’t otherwise exist. We serve many first generation, single parent, veteran, homeless, and recently immigrated students.
- 9 of 10 San Diego students are from underrepresented communities
- The average student has an unmet need of $10,281
- About 1/2 of students come from families with a household income of less than $40,000 a year
Despite these challenges, Mesa College students show up eager to learn, ready to work, and committed to building a brighter future. Our Resiliency Fund honors their commitment to education.