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
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 for first-year students in the Nursing Program based on provision of excellent care of the patient in the clinical setting.
Abilities Beyond Limitations through Education (A.B.L.E.) welcomes all students who share common concerns regarding programs and services that are offered to students with disabilities.
This scholarship recognizes students at Southwestern College who are members of the ASTRA Volunteer Club and have volunteered and actively participated in community service projects throughout the academic year.
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.
The Association of Student Organizations (ASO) awards scholarships for students demonstrating excellence in academics, athletics, and ASO Campus involvement, as well as academic feats in the Honors Program.
Thanks to the generosity of the Bernard Osher Foundation, thousands of California Community College students receive an Osher Scholarship each year as part of the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment. Mr. Osher’s vision is to “not only benefit the community college students of today, but countless more for years to come.”
This Osher Foundation Scholarship, sponsored by the Sempra Foundation, rewards students who are pursuing a career in Green Technology, such as Environmental Management and Sustainable Energy Studies
The Bonita Valley Garden Club provides scholarships for deserving students majoring in the horticultural fields of the Landscape and Nursery Technology Program at Southwestern College.
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. Scholarships awarded include Laverne Cumby Memorial Scholarship, Lurie Center Memorial Scholarship, SWC Black Alliance Student Excellence Scholarship and the Close the Gap Scholarship.
The Cal Coast Cares Foundation scholarship is offered to students currently enrolled in a minimum of 9 units and have completed 12 units or number of units equivalent to 1 semester/quarter at Southwestern College. Leadership in an on campus or community service organization is required.
This scholarship is awarded to deserving students with career goals in the nursery industry.
This scholarship is for a student whose life and dreams were delayed while serving as a non-professional caregiver for three or more years.
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.
The Southwestern College Chicano/Latino Coalition's mission is to support the academic and occupational success of Chicano/Latino students, staff, faculty, and the community of the Southwestern Community College District. Our goals are to promote a spirit of collaboration to support and facilitate education and professional advancement. Additionally, highlight, celebrate, and promote Chicano/Latino accomplishments, and lastly to provide a forum for the discussion of issues affecting Chicano/Latino staff, faculty, and students.Scholarships awarded include an AB540 scholarship, Career and Technical Scholarship, Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship, Community Service Scholarship and Transfer Scholarship.
This scholarship is intended for students that demonstrate an interest and ability to pursue a degree in the fine arts.
The Chula Vista Garden Club scholarship is dedicated to Landscape and Nursery Technology (LNT) students at Southwestern College. These scholarships are intended to encourage future generations to improve the beauty and health of our planet. This club believes that the quality of life improves through education.
This scholarship is in memory of Corky McMillin and is awarded to students transferring to a four-year college or university majoring in an area from the School of Business and Information Systems who intends to pursue a career in business.
Crystal received her AA degree from Southwestern College before transferring to SDSU, ultimately receiving a BA in English. In 2005, Crystal became a tutor in the Writing Center so she could, according to her, shape the minds of today's youth into fierce, analytical thinking machines. During her years working in the Writing Center, she managed to enthrall students, dazzle her co-workers and vex and charm her coordinators. Her bold and daring spirit often led her to chase opportunities for adventure and she didn't dare miss a chance to explore, learn, or to have fun. It is this adventurous spirit that led her to obtain a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate and ultimately, this brought her to teaching English in Moscow, Russia in 2011. It was her desire to live life to its fullest, to love with all her heart and to laugh through it all and it's with this in mind that we offer this scholarship in Crystal's name.
This scholarship is for CSEA classified professionals who are pursuing their goals of higher education while employed at Southwestern College.
This scholarship is awarded in memory of a young woman, Cynthia Ross, who was a Student Services Assistant in the Admissions Office at Southwestern College. She brought joy and happiness to the lives of those she touched.
This annual scholarship is established in memory of Chester S. DeVore, who passed away January 7, 2011 at the age of 92. He was a respected patriarch, a decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and an accomplished coach and educator who always remained dedicated to his Country, his community and his family. Mr. DeVore graduated from Chaffey High School in 1937 and Chaffey Community College in 1939, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. He then enrolled at San Diego State College where he lettered in basketball and was a member of the 1940—1941 NAIA National Championship Basketball Team.
After receiving his B.A. in 1942, Mr. DeVore served his Country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in World War II. Fighting alongside members of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, he saw action in the Pacific Theater of war during the campaigns of Bouganville, Emirau, Guam, and Okinawa. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his gallantry and left the U.S. Marine Corps having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Upon returning from the war, Mr. DeVore began a rewarding career in education. He found passion in coaching and teaching youth, and worked at Chula Vista High School from 1947–1955 as a coach, teacher, counselor, vice principal and principal from 1956–1961. Mr. DeVore was one of the most successful high school football coaches in San Diego County history, guiding Chula Vista to a 40–3 win-loss record over his last four seasons from 1951–1955.
In 1962 he became the founding President/Superintendent of Southwestern College where he supervised the formation of a new college, including the development of academic programs, campus planning and construction. After 21 years in this role, Mr. DeVore retired, at which time the stadium at Southwestern College was named in his honor. Throughout his life, Mr. DeVore modeled and taught five core values: a positive attitude; a strong work ethic; teamwork; sportsmanship; and leadership.
This scholarship is in honor of Doris Appel, who was an extraordinary artist, historian, and intellectual. She inspired countless people to follow a path to become physicians and heal their fellow humans.
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Doug Tatreau, who taught at Southwestern College from 1966–1971 as a Real Estate instructor and from 1978–1983 as an Anthropology instructor.
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in Engineering and who are also student athletes.
This scholarship is sponsored by the Conley A.C.E. Foundation Inc. which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to students of color who exemplify leadership and achievement both on-campus and in their communities. This scholarship is awarded to students in the School of Business & Technology. Each year the scholarship fund will award a $500 scholarship in the Spring and one $500 scholarship in the Fall.
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.
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.
Scholarship supports students majoring in environmental management or occupational health and safety at Southwestern College.
Professor Mohler served the Southwestern Community College District for more than 30 years as a tenured professor of Computer Information Systems. He challenged his students academically and went above and beyond to be of help. Teaching was his life. A decorated Vietnam era veteran, he often mentored returning veterans, assisting in their transition from military to civilian life. Professor Mohler would be proud to continue his support of veterans through this scholarship in his honor.
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.
Indevia Accounting was founded by a man who was raised by a widow in India. His mother received a scholarship that enabled her to return to school, then become a headmistress of a school and support her family. He then received a small scholarship that helped make it possible for him to attend Harvard Business School, which changed his life.
Jason’s Courtyard Cafe is very proud and honored to give back to the Southwestern College Community.
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.
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 is a scholarship in honor of Jonathan M. “JD” De Guzman, a San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officer who was slain in the line of duty in July 2016. Officer “JD” De Guzman had been an SDPD officer for over 16 years and his dedicated service and community involvement in the City of San Diego and South Bay region was inspiring. The scholarship is given in honor of De Guzman’s outstanding ability as a police officer and as a role model for the Administration of Justice (AOJ) community.
The La Jolla Garden Club provides scholarship funds for students of the Landscape and Nursery Technology program at Southwestern College.
This scholarship is to support first-generation (first in family to attend college) enrolled in the Legal Office Administrative Assistant-Bilingual Intensive Training Program or the Legal Interpretation & Translation program certificate of achievement.
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.
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.
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.
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Corky McMillin. Students who are majoring in Business Administration are eligible to apply.
Metallic Power develops and produces zinc/air fuels for powering electric vehicles and power systems for emergency backup, distributed generation, and portable generation.
Purpose of this fund is to support graduating art, music or dance major students who are transferring to a four-year university.
Born in England, Michael was introduced to the world of dance, art, and music at a very young age. Unfortunately, World War II hit, and Michael joined the war effort by becoming a British Intelligence Officer. After the war ended, Michael opened a dance studio with his sister in Newcastle where they spent several years training couples for competitions and performances, as well as performing themselves. In his 20s, Michael’s father retired and moved the family back to Dublin, Ireland. Undaunted, the now well know brother and sister dance team opened a new studio, the Ryan Academy of Dancing, where they taught over 200 young students from numerous countries, held special preparation courses for Society exams, and choreographed numbers performed at many Irish theaters. Michael was also an excellent sculptor and was commissioned by many of the catholic churches in Ireland to sculpt the religious art in their sacred places of worship. Being a man of many talents, he also played numerous instruments in his free time such as the piano, tenor saxophone, and trumpet, to name a few.
Although they loved Ireland very much, Michael and his sister settled into Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and opened a dance studio of their own which was very successful and sought out by students from all over the world. Then, the Ryan’s spent the next chapter of their lives travelling the United States, training instructors for the Arthur Murray, Gene Kelly, and Fred Astaire Dance Studios. During their open-ended dance odyssey, they were looking for a place to call home and fell in love with Santa Barbara. They opened up the American Dance Studio on State Street to teach and coach many dancers who went on to receive championships. Later on, Michael also opened up an Art Gallery on State Street which featured local artists' paintings as well as other great artists' work.
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 to honor Michelle L. Dubberly whose life ended too soon. She lived more in her fourteen years than some people do in a lifetime because she saw the best in people and cared about social justice.
From 1993 - 2004, Mimi Simmons educated and inspired students in the Child Development Program as an adjunct instructor. The love for her job and her students was evident every time you talked with Mimi.
The Mission Hills Garden Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to the knowledge and enjoyment of gardening, the preservation of historic and cultural richness of our community, the beautification of public spaces, and the provision of scholarships to those students pursing an education/career path in the areas of horticulture and agriculture. The Club's largest event is The Mission Hills Garden Walk, which occurs every Mother's Day Weekend in the historic neighborhood of Mission Hills. The proceeds from each year's Garden Walk provide the funds for our scholarship program.
Barbara Hampson served 17 years as a biology lab technician at Southwestern College. Her service to the college went beyond her job responsibilities. She was a role model and inspiration to many of her student assistants. They felt safe sharing their life struggles and aspirations with her. Her compassion, wisdom and sense of humor refreshed their days and gave new perspective to the challenges they faced. Barb loved the life sciences. Her office proudly displayed numerous treasures and she had a story to tell if you had the time to listen. This scholarship is in her memory to help students majoring in a scientific field to achieve their educational goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This scholarship is in honor of Nadia Smit to award an outstanding Journalism Student. Nadia Smit was an award-winning writer and Viewpoints Editor of the Southwestern College Sun Student Newspaper. She was a student at San Francisco State University and a writer for the Vegetarian Times Magazine when she died in a traffic accident her senior year. Nadia loved her family, friends, journalism and all the animals of the earth.
Neva Smith’s desire is to help students who intend to pursue his/her education and enrich their lives.
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.
The purpose of this fund is to support graduating dance major students who are transferring to a four-year university.
Born in England, Patricia began tap, ballet, and jazz classes at the age of 3, but when introduced to ballroom dancing at the age of 6, she knew she had found her real love. At the ripe age of 12, Patricia was performing with the Voluntary Entertainment Services, the English version of our U.S.O., during World War II travelling to military bases and entertaining the service men. She remembers performing to the sound of air raid sirens and gunshots. After ten years of intense study, in the international styles of Ballroom dancing, Patricia passed her medal exams with the 3 major English dance societies and was awarded her Fellowship form the Official Board. She taught ballroom dancing at the age of 16. Patricia’s older brother Michael, found himself drawn in by his sister’s enthusiasm and they soon opened a studio in Newcastle where they spent several years training couples for competitions and performances, as well as performing themselves. In her early 20s, Patricia’s father retired and moved the family back to Dublin, Ireland. Undaunted, the now well know brother and sister dance team opened a new studio, the Ryan Academy of Dancing, where they taught over 200 young students from numerous countries, held special preparation courses for Society exams, and choreographed numbers performed at many Irish theaters.
Although they loved Ireland very much, Patricia got the bug to go to South Africa. It was a major center for Ballroom Dance and had many championship dancers. She worked with the reigning champions duo, John Wells and Renee Sissons. When joined by her brother they resettled into Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and opened a dance studio of their own which was very successful and sought out by students from all over the world.
Still only in their mid-30s the Ryan’s spent the next chapter of their lives travelling the United States, training instructors for the Arthur Murray, Gene Kelly, and Fred Astaire Dance Studios. During their open-ended dance odyssey, they were looking for a place to call home and fell in love with Santa Barbara. They opened up the American Dance Studio on State Street to teach and coach many dancers who went on to receive championships.
Raymond A. Osbon Orozco is the younger brother of Alejandro Orozco, a Philosophy/ Logic instructor at Southwestern College. In 1985 after a lengthy illness, Raymond passed away at the age of 24 just one semester short of a civil engineering degree.
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.
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.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to Southwestern College students returning to school after dropping out for financial reasons.
This scholarship honors the memory of Sherry Mears by supporting Dental Hygiene students.
This scholarship is funded by Soroptimist International of Coronado and is geared for female heads of households to assist them in achieving and living their dreams through education.
The Southwestern Community College District Administrators Association (SCCDAA) offers scholarships to reward students for academic achievements and college or community leadership.
The Southwestern College Foundation provides scholarships for transfer and vocational education students.
This scholarship supports working students.
Susan Luzzaro was 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.
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.
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Thomas Crescenzo, an Economics Professor at Southwestern College. Mr. Crescenzo believed in two things: 1) teaching for the present; and 2) enticing students to seize their future.
This scholarship is awarded to students who have served or are currently serving in a branch of the United States military.
This scholarship is for Vocational Nursing student selected by Vocational Nursing faculty that has demonstrated outstanding care of the patient in the clinical setting.
This scholarship is awarded to minority students majoring in Business Administration who have an interest in retail.