ABOUT THE SDMAC FOUNDATION

The SDMAC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to empower, serve, and support the San Diego military and veteran communities through education outreach and veteran transition initiatives. Its principal objectives are to promote a general awareness and understanding of the importance of a strong national defense, especially as it relates to the San Diego region, and to support San Diego's active duty and retired military community through programs, initiatives, educational outreach, and events. The SDMAC Foundation will also study key military issues affecting the quality of life and strength of our nation's defense and the impact on San Diego's military, civic, governmental and business community.

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SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarship

The SDMAC Military Veteran Student of the Year academic scholarship was founded in 2014 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of SDMAC. The scholarship was created in response to the fact that many of today’s high-demand Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) college degrees take five years to complete. This means that the GI Bill of our enlisted Veterans’ often expires before STEM degrees are completed.

The SDMAC Foundation Military Veteran Student of the Year academic scholarship bridges this gap by funding the additional time required for our military Veterans recipients to earn STEM degrees without incurring significant debt.

The first scholarship was awarded to a military Veteran attending San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2016, followed by three scholarships awarded to military Veteran students enrolled at SDSU in 2017. In 2018, five scholarships were awarded to military Veteran students enrolled in STEM programs at California State University San Marcos and SDSU. In 2019 and 2020, nine scholarships were awarded to military Veteran students enrolled in STEM programs at California State University San Marcos and SDSU.

While the GI Bill covers tuition, fees and books for vocational education, it does not cover the cost of final skill testing needed to receive the certificate.  Beginning this year, we are planning to fund the costs of certification testing for students in the Automotive Service Excellence Diesel technology and Federal Aviation Administration Airframes and Powerplants programs at Mira Mesa Community College.  This requires an increase of our annual fundraising - Our goal for 2020 is to raise $65,000 for both initiatives!

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be considered:
  • Recent military veterans of the U.S. Armed forces
  • Honorably separated
  • Rank of E-1 through E-9
  • Enrolled as a full-time student
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Seeking a degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) field (preferred)

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You may help support this scholarship effort by making a tax deductible donation to the SDMAC Foundation (EIN: 81-0823681) by entering an amount below. The SDMAC Foundation thanks you for your support of this worthy cause. 

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