Scholarships ensure that students, who otherwise might not be able to complete their education, can do so successfully. Our team will work with you to determine the best criteria and type of scholarship to meet your giving goals.
Scholarships can be endowed or funded on an annual basis.
ENDOWED Scholarships are invested in the Southwestern College Foundation's endowment portfolio. Only the investment earnings are awarded to students. These scholarships are awarded annually and in perpetuity.
NON-ENDOWED (Annual or Renewing) Scholarships allow all the funds you deposit into the Southwestern College Foundation to be awarded as a scholarship, usually in the same fiscal year as the gift is received. To continue awarding the scholarship from year to year, annual contributions must be made.
You may also choose an existing scholarship to support through your donation.
Existing Scholarships at the Southwestern College Foundation
Amelia Poveda Scholarship
Adelyne Jean Wear Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Adelyne Jean Wear who was the founding secretary to the Superintendent/President of Southwestern College from 1961–1975.
This scholarship is established by Jorge Poveda to honor the memory of Amelia Poveda and rewards a bilingual (Spanish/English) female Hispanic student enrolled in an Associates Degree program in Nursing, Health Occupation Program, Surgical Tech, LVN-ADN step-up program, Operation Room Nursing, Preoperative Nursing or Vocational Nursing.
Amelia Poveda was born in the city of Tampico, Taumalipas Mexico and passed away on February 18, 2001. Despite being raised by a single parent and enduring many hardships as a young child she went on to study nursing at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City where she received her degree in nursing and subsequently worked as a registered nurse. While studying at the university she met Gustavo Poveda and they married. It was through Amelia's support that her husband was able to pursue his degree in Architecture.
After moving to the United States, Amelia sacrificed her career to help her husband's career and raise their five children. The move was quite difficult for Amelia since she spoke only Spanish and did not have any other family in the United States. The accomplishments of her husband and her children are due to the sacrifices Amelia made on their behalf.
Amelia Poveda was a strong woman who cared deeply for her family. To spend more time with her children she worked as a Teacher's Aide at the Elementary and Jr. High School her children attended. However, she never lost her passion for medicine or learning. She believed in life-long learning and enrolled in courses at San Diego City College throughout her life. Amelia was a great proponent of higher education and encouraged and supported all of her children to pursue higher education.
California Association of Nurseries & Garden Centers Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded to deserving students with career goals in the nursery industry.
Carolyn Brady Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Carolyn Brady who was a retired SWC employee who worked in the Athletic Department. Ms. Brady desired to support women’s athletics through scholarships and funding program equipment needs on an on-going basis.
CAASSIE (Committee for African American Student Success in Education)
The CAASSIE fund was formed with a goal to close the "opportunity gap"; that one day, all students will have the opportunity to earn a college degree. We want Lavern Cumby's memory and legacy to live on through a cause she was passionate about - education. Your contributions will be used to provide scholarships to help close the "opportunity gap" and barriers to earning a college degree.
Douglas Barnhart Scholarship Fund
Dr. Virginia Lopez Hansen Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in Engineering and who are also student athletes.
The primary pupose of this scholarship is to support Southwestern College Latina students who are transferring to a four-year university with a prioritty given to students who majored in Business / Business Management.
Dr. Virginia Lopez-Hansen went to Sweetwater High School in 1956. She was passionate about learning and it was very important for her to pursue a higher education. Due to her passion and drive, she eventually received a Doctorate Degree. During her 34 years at Southwestern College, she started as a Secretary then to Supervisor, to Instructional Operations Manager, to Director of Instructional Support Services then retired as a Dean of Student Support Services. She could not have accomplished as much as she did without her education.
Eastlake Company Scholarship Fund
Virginia was the founder of the Scholarship Fund Foundation at Southwestern College. She was very passionate about this program and wanted to make sure each student had every opportunity to pursue their education dreams. Knowing she is helping a student to further their education is a great way to celebrate her legacy. I know she is smiling down on us full of tears and joy knowing she is helping others pursue their education and the Scholarship Fund continues to flourish at Southwestern College.
This scholarship is awarded to a student who graduated from Eastlake High School and is receiving financial aid.
Hayden Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Hayden Stewart to provide financial support to a Southwestern College student whose family is at or below the poverty level.
John & Adeline Valenzuela Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded in memory of John Valenzuela, who gave up his dream of going to college when he had to drop out of high school to help support his widowed mother and siblings. The family migrated to the United States from Mexico in 1914 to escape the violence of the Mexican Revolution. Regardless of his limited formal education John had a very successful career in retail and the wholesale foods industry. John was a very hard worker with a formidable memory who would not compromise his principles. He passed away in 2001 at the age of 91.
John Bibbo Scholarship Fund
Marcia Lydia Luckman Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded to students in need at Southwestern College in memory of former Professor John Bibbo. John believed in helping students find their direction in life.
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Marcia Lydia Luckman who completed the SWC Dental Hygiene program in 2005. Dental Hygiene students who have completed their first year and are continuing at SWC are eligible to apply.
Maria Elena Moreno Women's Leadership Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in honor of Maria Elena Moreno, who did not have an opportunity to go to school beyond the 6th grade. Regardless of her own missed opportunity, she was determined to instill in her children the value of pursuing higher education. As a result, her children have bachelor and master degrees, and she has a grandson with a doctorate degree. Even though Maria Elena was never able to pursue her own education, she ensured her children didn't miss out on theirs. this scholarship is for women whose goals are to be leaders in their chosen professions.
Marilyn Lassman Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Marilyn Lassman who was the first woman elected to the SWC Governing Board in 1969. This scholarship is open to female students who have children and are pursuing an Associate Degree or transferring to a college or university to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree.
Michael L. Watkins Memorial Business Management Scholarship Fund
McMillin Companies Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is open to Bonita Vista High School seniors and Bonita Vista High School graduates who plan to attend or currently attend Southwestern College and are pursuing/will pursue a degree in Business Management.
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Corky McMillin. Students who are majoring in Business Administration are eligible to apply.
Metallic Power Technology Scholarship Fund
Metallic Power develops and produces zinc/air fuels for powering electric vehicles and power systems for emergency backup, distributed generation, and portable generation.
MSE Garden of Giving Engineering Academic Excellence Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support to meritorious School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering students majoring in Engineering. Applicants must complete a personal statement that demonstrates commitment to the major. Former winners may not apply and students may apply for only ONE of the five Garden of Giving scholarships in a given year.
MSE Garden of Giving Horticulture Academic Excellence Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support to meritorious School of Technology and Human Services students majoring in Horticulture. Applicants must complete a personal statement that demonstrates commitment to the major. Former winners may not apply and students may apply for only ONE of the five Garden of Giving scholarships in a given year.
MSE Garden of Giving Joseph Conte Mathematics & Computer
Science Academic Excellence Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support to meritorious School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering students majoring in either Mathematics or Computer Science. Applicants must complete a personal statement that demonstrates commitment to the major. Former winners may not apply and students may apply for only ONE of the five Garden of Giving scholarships in a given year.
MSE Garden of Giving Roy Olson Biology and Biotechnology Academic Excellence Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support to meritorious School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering students majoring in either Biology or Biotechnology. Applicants must complete a personal statement that demonstrates commitment to the major. Former winners may not apply and students may apply for only ONE of the five Garden of Giving scholarships in a given year.
MSE Garden of Giving Physical Sciences Academic Excellence Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support to meritorious School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering students majoring in Physical Sciences (Physical sciences include astronomy, chemistry, geography, geology, and physical science). Applicants must complete a personal statement that demonstrates commitment to the major. Former winners may not apply and students may apply for only ONE of the five Garden of Giving scholarships in a given year.
Norma A. Cazares & Family Transfer Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to annually award scholarships to students who are transferring to a four-year university and demonstrate a minimum 2.8 GPA along with evidence of a minimum of one year of college or community service, have 60 transferable units and proof of letter of acceptance or proof of application. Priority for consideration of this scholarship will be given to AB540 or DACA students who cannot access federal financial aid.
Norma Cazares retired after serving over 25 years as a Counselor at Southwestern College, primarily working with students desiring to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. She is well aware that financial challenges have kept many deserving students from realizing their educational dreams. Her desire is that recipients of the scholarship will someday pay it forward by donating to scholarships and/or through sustained community service.
Rose Tantalo and Elizabeth Conti Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Professor Rose Tantalo—one of the first community college nursing educators in the United States and a founding member of the Department of Nursing at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. Professor Tantalo was a continuous source of guidance and assistance for many students. Her compassion, charity, and generosity came from a deep love of humanity and this scholarship honors her legacy.
Sarah Riker Memorial Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to Southwestern College students returning to school after dropping out for financial reasons.
Elizabeth Conti was a beloved member of the Southwestern College family for many years. She was the driving force behind the creation of this scholarship in her aunt’s memory. After Liz’s death, her family asked that the scholarship be renamed to include her legacy also.
Susan Luzzaro Memorial Scholarship
Susan Luzzaro is a Southwestern Community College graduate. She transferred to SDSU where she earned her MFA degree in creative writing. She returned to Southwestern where she was a professor of English until she retired. Her poetry and creative nonfiction works have been published in a number of prominent literary journals. She was a staff writer for the SD Reader since 1999. Guided by her belief that journalism is a public service and the better informed we are, the better we are as a society, she turned her attention to investigative journalism. Utilizing her gifted writing skills, Susan spoke truth to power in her reporting and earned awards for her investigations of mismanagement and corruption in two local school districts. Susan passed away on May 1, 2017. In her memory, a scholarship will be awarded to a deserving SWC student majoring and pursuing a career in Journalism.
SODA Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund provides $1,000 scholarships to the 20 annual recipients of the Student of Distinction Awards. Students must be nominated by a Southwestern College faculty member or classified professional.
Veterans Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded to students who have served or are currently serving in a branch of the United States military.
WalMart Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded to minority students majoring in Business Administration who have an interest in retail.