The university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, The Campaign for SDSU, has just passed the $320 million mark on its way to reaching its $500 million goal. The $500 million is a bold goal, but this campaign, ultimately, is not about dollars. It is about the academic excellence, life-changing research, community engagement and innovative spirit that define a leading public university.
To choose one example from among many, this campaign is about programs like the newly established Price Community Scholars. Supported by the Price Family Charitable Fund, the Community Scholars program is a scholarship with a twist. It provides scholarships to high-achieving local area students to attend San Diego State, but it also asks the recipients to give back to our community.
During their time at San Diego State, each Price Community Scholar must mentor three local middle-school students from the City Heights neighborhood. By helping City Heights’ students through the challenging middle school and high school years, the Price Community Scholars will help create the next generation of high-achieving students from our community. Isamaria Cortes, an inaugural scholar who chose San Diego State over U.C. Berkeley and UCLA, captures the essence of the program. “Having someone look up to you makes you want to be a better person, so being a Price Scholar will give us a purpose while we are students at SDSU.”
Moving forward with purpose is the essence of The Campaign for SDSU. We are at a pivotal moment in SDSU’s history. Our generous alumni and community supporters have embraced the vision of San Diego State University as a leading public university, and philanthropy has never been more important. As we move into the final phase of The Campaign for SDSU, it’s vital that we educate others about the campaign and the exciting developments at SDSU. Please visit campaign.sdsu.edu to learn more.