Scholarship Program

Investing in the Future - Saddleback College Scholarships

Excitement fills the air as each new semester begins.  Students come to Saddleback College knowing that they are on their way to creating a more successful and fulfilling future.  They register for classes, buy their books and supplies, get acquainted with the campus and locate their classrooms.  Dreams of transferring to a four year institution or gaining the skills they need to further their careers are formed. 

With all of this excitement come many concerns: Am I going to be successful in my classes?  How am I going to balance college and my other responsibilities?  Will I be able to enroll in the classes I need to graduate? And the biggest one – how am I going to pay for college?  With 24% of our student population (approximately 5,000 individuals) qualifying for financial aid - and thousands more who are not eligible for aid but struggle to make ends meet, this is a serious question that many must ask.  Fortunately, generous donors have helped many of these students succeed.

Last year, nearly 200 donors contributed almost $510,000 in scholarship dollars to 326 students.  It was a record breaking year for Saddleback College Foundation, but there was still a tremendous amount of unmet need. In 2014, the record broke again, with over $720,000 awarded to 405 students. 

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Lydia Natoolo, Scholarship Recipient, gives a passionate speech about the impact scholarships can make

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Some of our 2014 Scholarship Recipients

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Saddleback College Jazz Ensemble: Robert Felix, bass; Justin Hershey, piano; Luke Reeder, tenor saxophone; Alan Schneider, tenor saxophone; Elysia Brewer, vocalist.

 

 

Read Alexis Petrovich's moving story, recognized at the 2012 Saddleback College Scholarship Ceremony. You may watch a video of her moving speech here