San Diego Mesa College announced that the Mesa College Foundation launched the “Mesa Promise Match Challenge 2018,” in which the Foundation will generously match up to $25,000 of all monetary donations made toward the San Diego Promise on behalf of Mesa College through Friday, September 14, 2018.
The Challenge with culminate at An Evening with Annette Bening, to Benefit the San Diego Promise, a gala hosted by the San Diego Community College District on September 20 at The San Diego Natural History Museum, featuring San Diego Mesa College alumna Annette Bening.
“We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to raise up to $50,000 for our students,” stated Mesa College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster. “The San Diego Promise is a districtwide program that ensures that no deserving student is denied a college education due to lack of resources.”
The San Diego Promise provides two years of tuition at City, Mesa and Miramar colleges for first-time, full-time students by leveraging funds provided by the state of California through the California College Promise, and with support of generous donors. The San Diego Promise started as a pilot program in 2016 with 186 students, and grew to nearly 700 students in 2017. More than 1,500 students are expected to participate in 2018.
Funding from the California College Promise– which was created in 2017 to provide free tuition for one year at California community colleges for full-time students - is expected to significantly bolster the existing San Diego Promise program. As a result, the San Diego Promise has extended the program to include eligible recent high school graduates who plan to enroll full-time in fall 2018 semester, and serve as a completion program – one that provides funding for two years of community college education for participating students.
For more information or to donate visit the Mesa Promise Match Challenge or call Krista Stellmacher, Director of Development at 619-388-2285.