The SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarship

The SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year scholarship was founded in 2014 to help bridge the tuition gap between the time when GI Bill benefits expire and the amount time it takes to complete undergraduate degrees in today’s high-demand Science, Technology, Math & Engineering (STEM) fields. The inaugural scholarship was awarded in 2016 to a military Veteran at San Diego State University (SDSU), followed by a second scholarship in 2017.

In 2018, the scholarship was expanded to California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and, in 2019, to San Diego Miramar College, a college of the San Diego Community College District. To date, a total of 16 SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarships have been awarded to military Veteran college students pursuing STEM degrees in the Southern California Region.

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Community Input

 

Pete Hedley, President, SDMAC Foundation 

“SDMAC Foundation is honored to continue awarding academic scholarships to deserving military Veterans in our community. Many of today’s STEM degrees require five years to complete and many GI Bill benefits expire before the fifth year of college is completed. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, our scholarship aims to bridge this gap by helping military Veterans to complete degrees without incurring significant additional debt.”

David R. Alexander, President, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI

"General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is thrilled to support the SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarship. Veterans make some of the best employees in today’s workforce and we are honored to help them complete their degrees as they prepare for STEM careers."

Richard Allen, Regional Manager, Navy Federal Credit Union

"Navy Federal Credit Union views the SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarship as a unique opportunity to give back to our Veterans as they prepare for careers in STEM fields. It is our mission to support the military community. Partnering with SDMAC on this scholarship is anticipated help more Veterans achieve their goals.”

Anthony Jackson, Special Advisor for Military Affairs, California State University San Marcos

“CSUSM is extremely proud of our distinguished Veterans for receiving the SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic scholarships. We look forward to seeing them graduate and pursue impactful careers in the STEM arenas.”

 Todd Kennedy, Interim Director, Military and Veterans Program at San Diego State University 

“We are honored to award SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarships to students at our institution for a fourth consecutive year. This scholarship is another way in which our program is able to partner with great community supporters like SDMAC to have a positive impact on the lives of Veterans and military-connected students in our community.” 

Benjamin Gamboa, Associate Dean, Strong Workforce Programs at San Diego Miramar College

“San Diego Miramar College is delighted to collaborate with SDMAC Foundation to help military Veterans obtain certifications to pursue careers in diesel and aviation technology. We view this as a unique opportunity to give back to our Veterans and look forward to seeing them pursue meaningful post-military careers.”

                 

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Military Veterans have been awarded the SDMAC Student of the Year Academic Scholarship to Date

                

$35,000

Raised for the SDMAC Foundation's Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarship in 2019

                

$15,000

Raised for the Inaugural SDMAC Foundation's Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarship in 2016

                                                                                                      

$10,000

Raised for the SDMAC Foundation's Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarship in 2018

2019 Scholarship Recipients 

Jeff Foertsch

Jeff Foertsch served in the United States Marine Corps as an Air Traffic Control Radar Technician. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems. 

Michael Tobin

Michael Tobin served in the United States Marine Corps as Aviation Ordinance specialist. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM).

David Falconer

David Falconer served in the United States Marine Corps as an Aviation Logistics Information Management System and Support Specialist. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from California State University San Marcos

Jason Burley

Jason Burley served in the United States Marine Corps as a Geospatial Intelligence Specialist. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in biochemistry with a minor in Spanish at California State University San Marcos.

Rigoberto Gerardo

Rigoberto Gerardo served in the United States Navy as  Seaman on deckforce. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science at SDSU and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in social work in the future.

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Partners 

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San Diego State University

The Campanile Foundation, on behalf of San Diego State University (SDSU) is pleased to enter into an agreement with the SDMAC Foundation to support the student Veteran scholarships at SDSU. The total value of the first scholarship was $15,000. This was the highest dollar amount scholarship at SDSU, that year. The second scholarship was in the amount of $2,500. These scholarships will provide support to students through the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at SDSU.

SDSU Veterans Center

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California State University San Marcos

In 2018, SDMAC Foundation announced the expansion of the Military Veteran Student of the Year  to California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). SDMAC Foundation awarded five scholarships valued at $2,500 each to Veterans enrolled as full-time students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines at CSUSM in the 2019 calendar year. The scholarship bridges the financial gap after the GI Bill expires by providing funds for students to complete the fifth year of college that is often required for STEM degrees. This dollar amount was selected to positively impact a larger number of Veterans and, thus, maximize the visibility of the program among the Veteran community.

CSUSM Veterans Center

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San Diego Miramar College

In 2019, SDMAC Foundation announced the expansion of the SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year scholarship to San Diego Miramar Community College. SDMAC Foundation will award four (4) scholarships in the amount of $650.00 each to reimburse costs for military Veteran students to obtain all eleven (11) Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications in diesel technology; and two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,250.00 each to reimburse costs to obtain the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mechanics certifications in airframe and powerplant required for employment in the aviation industry.

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Pete Hedley
President SDMAC Foundation
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Michelle Ragsdale
Communications
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