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The San Diego Promise provides two years of tuition to eligible students at San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges.

San Diego Promise exceeds $2 million in fundraising

July 14, 2021 | San Diego Community College District

Fundraising for the tuition-free San Diego Promise that has opened the doors to a college education for nearly 6,500 students to date has topped $2 million, with a record $614,454 contributed during the fiscal year ending June 30.

“All students deserve access to higher education, regardless of their financial situation, and these generous donations will help even more students participate in the San Diego Promise, including veterans, former foster youth, and adult learners returning to school,” said San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) Chancellor Carlos O. Turner Cortez. “Fundraising momentum is growing and will continue to grow as more of our region’s residents learn about the impacts this program is having on our community.”

Donations to the San Diego Promise go directly to students, with no overhead costs applied.

There are now 337 Promise programs in the United States, and the San Diego Promise has been highlighted as among those setting the pace.

Support for the San Diego Promise has been growing steadily. The 2020-21 fundraising total is more than $150,000 greater than any previous year’s total. In addition, a $1 million fundraising campaign culminates with a September 18 gala celebrating retired Chancellor Constance M. Carroll’s 17-year tenure at the SDCCD. The gala, titled “A Legacy of Achievement: A Tribute to Chancellor Emerita Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D.” is scheduled to be held at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort, with all proceeds benefitting the San Diego Promise, which allows students at San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges to attend tuition-free.

Among the more generous donations to date this year include a $200,000 matching gift from The San Diego Foundation; a $110,000 donation from San Diego Philanthropist Roger Frey; $100,000 from Price Philanthropies; and $10,000 gifts from Chancellor Emerita Carroll, SDCCD Executive Vice Chancellor for Business and Technology Bonnie Ann Dowd, and U.S. Bank.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available for the September 18 gala, with all proceeds benefiting the San Diego Promise. For further information, contact SDCCD Development Coordinator Lisa Cole-Jones at lcole@sdccd.edu.

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