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Help Our Transitioning Military & Veterans with Career-Building STEM Scholarships & Trade Certifications
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.
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 Foundation Golf Fundraiser and Social: Monday, 19 September 2022
The SDMAC Foundation is sponsoring a fundraiser and golf social on Monday, 19 September 2022 at the Oaks North Executive Golf Course in Rancho Bernardo. There will be a shotgun start for golfers who can play either 18 or 9 holes followed by a light lunch.
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 through 2021, twenty 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 2022 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)
SUPPORTING SAN DIEGO’S VETERANS IN THEIR PURSUIT OF STEM DEGREES
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…
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.