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Donating to Scholarships

Working while attending college is a time-honored American tradition that builds a student's character and reinforces learning; a majority of SCC students do in fact work to support their educational goals. However, studies show that students who have to work more than 15 or 20 hours per week while attending college often have greater challenges staying on track or keeping up their grades. This in turn increases the chances that they will eventually drop out before they complete a degree.   
You can help insure that more of our students succeed in realizing their academic goals, regardless of their economic circumstances, by giving to scholarships at SCC. There are many ways you can invest in our students:
  • Contribute Any Amount to an Existing Scholarship Fund.  There are many scholarship funds at SCC to which you can contribute, including scholarships for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors, veterans, Guardian Scholars (emancipated foster youth), books, athletics, art majors and continuing education. If you don't have any particular criteria, you can easily donate to our general scholarship fund.  To make a donation, click here​.  Not sure where to donate? Email or call 714-628-4790 with your preferences and a staff member will happily guide you through the process. 
  • Set Up a Named Annual Scholarship. With a pledge of at least $500 or more every year for at least five years, you can name a scholarship in honor or memory of an individual or in honor of an organization. As a named scholarship donor, you will be honored every year at our annual Scholarship Donor Reception in late May, where you will have an opportunity to meet your student scholarship recipient.  In addition, you will have the option to present ​that student with his or her scholarship at the awards ceremony that immediately follows the reception. Overall, it's a great experience and an excellent way to learn first-hand how really life-changing your scholarship gift can be to a student. To find out more about this program, email or call 714-628-4790 and we’ll contact you with more information.  
  • Set Up an Endowed Scholarship.  With a gift of $15,000 or more, you can fund an endowment that will provide scholarships to SCC students in perpetuity. The funds you donate are invested responsibly and a percentage of the earnings is withdrawn annually to provide a scholarship to a student or students. Working with a foundation staff member, you can name and develop the criteria for the scholarship. You will also be our honored guest at the annual Scholarship Donor Reception and Awards Ceremony in May, where you can meet the student recipient of your scholarship and (if you wish) publically present the award to your scholarship's recipient.  For more information on setting up an endowed scholarship, please email or call 714-628-4790.​