STOCKTON — San Joaquin Delta College will be one of 34 community colleges in three regions statewide that will receive funds from the Jay Pritzker Foundation over 20 years.
The foundation’s $100 million pledge is the largest philanthropic gift to community colleges in the nation to date. This year, the foundation will grant up to $150,000 per college of which 100% may be used to provide students emergency financial aid because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students.
In future years, colleges may use grants to provide a combination of scholarships and some emergency financial aid to students. The scholarship amount of up to $18,500 per student per year is intended to cover the estimated true cost of a student’s community college education, which includes such costs as textbooks, instructional materials, transportation, housing, child care and food.
“I certainly hope that this will challenge other donors throughout the country to rethink higher education giving and reexamine the traditional focus on four-year institutions,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California Community Colleges. “This gift to a community college system will go directly to support some of the most talented, some of the most under-resourced students in America.”
The Jay Pritzker Foundation serves as the official nonprofit auxiliary to the California Community Colleges. For the first five years, the foundation will deliver grants to 34 community colleges in the three regions of California with the lowest percentage of adults who have college degrees as identified in the Vision for Success: Strengthening the California Community Colleges to Meet California’s Needs: the Inland Empire, the Central Valley, and the Far North.
“Community colleges provide equal opportunity to pursue high quality education without incurring crushing debt,” said Dan Pritzker, president of the Jay Pritzker Foundation. “We believe education is the key to preserving our democracy and hope others will join in supporting community colleges across the country.”
Beneficiaries in the first five years of the $100 million commitment were chosen to accelerate improvements among colleges located in regions with the lowest educational attainment of adults and fully close regional achievement gaps within 10 years.
For more information, visit https://www.foundationccc.org.
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