Six students wearing promise t shirts are outside on a bench in the Mesa Quad with greenery in the background.

Donations from giving day help the SDCCD expand the number of students who qualify for the San Diego Promise program.

Keeping the Promise giving day sets new record

November 4, 2022 | San Diego Community College District

On October 25, 2022, district faculty, classified professionals, administration, and friends came together in a big way, raising nearly $35,000 as part of the third-ever “Keeping the Promise” giving day.

Benefitting the San Diego Promise, Keeping the Promise 2022 generated $34,986 in donations from 97 donors, led by matching gifts totaling $15,000 from donor Roger Frey and Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Bonnie Ann Dowd. This is the largest amount ever contributed during the giving day, representing an 18.75% increase over the last giving day in 2020, which generated $29,378.

The San Diego Promise supports students at City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges. It also provides a pathway for College of Continuing Education students to transfer to one of the SDCCD’s credit colleges and attend tuition-free. Charitable contributions to the San Diego Promise supplement public funds, expanding the program to some of the district’s most vulnerable students, such as current and former foster youth, veterans, justice impacted, those supporting families, and others.

The San Diego Promise began as a pilot program supported by private funds in 2016 with an initial cohort of 186 students whose first year came tuition free. Since then, the program has served 10,232 students, welcoming over 2,500 new students in the 2022-23 academic year. Besides covering the cost of enrollment, the San Diego Promise also provides book grants, counseling, and hands-on support to help students develop an educational pathway leading to their career goals.

Learn more about the San Diego Promise

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