Help Our Transitioning Military & Veterans with Career-Building STEM  Scholarships & Trade Certifications 
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SDMAC Foundation Mission Statement

The SDMAC Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to empower and serve the San Diego military, military family, and veteran communities through outreach, furthering education and skills, and supporting veteran transition initiatives.

Serving Those Who've Served

Our military heroes manifest an arsenal of skills, yet many lack training where the well-paying civilian jobs are -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Without job security, homecomings can be difficult - as can building a rewarding life in San Diego.  The SDMAC Foundation is dedicated to easing that transition.  From COVID-critical healthcare careers to jet engine mechanics, solar and cyber security, SDMAC Foundation scholarships cover educational, trade school and certification costs the GI Bill can't.  

Mini Workshops

On October 22nd the SDMAC Foundation began it series of “mini” workshops intended to support the transitioning of local veterans and service members separating in the San Diego area. This first workshop was held in conjunction with the SDMAC monthly breakfast and was aimed at educating SDMAC member companies on the advantages and opportunities for finding and hiring qualified veterans though the SkillBridge program. Foundation Secretary Adam Heyde of Jingoli Power explained the SkillBridge program and his experience at using it to identify and hire qualified veterans through the SkillBridge program. Future workshops will focus on job seekers and networking, as well as other programs that support veteran hiring.

SDMAC Achievement Award Dinner

The SDMAC Foundation hosted the annual SDMAC Achievement Award Dinner reception at the Admiral Kidd Club on August 12th. The reception was our annual fundraising silent action as well as the kickoff to SDMAC’s award dinner. Guest were offered the opportunity to bid on a wide range of items,  with the proceeds going to fund the Foundation’s expanding support for veterans, transitioning military service members, and military families in San Diego. 

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)


The San Diego Military Advisory Council Foundation was created specifically to support local veterans enrolled in undergraduate STEM degree programs. The goal was to enable enlisted personnel who served in San Diego to stay in the region once they left the service, something that demands a good job. “But good jobs in San Diego take…

SDMAC Foundation Social

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