What to Support
The San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation funds scholarships and programs at the District’s three colleges: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College.
Promise Scholars Program
The Promise Scholars Programs at Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College is available to incoming, full-time (12 units minimum per semester, with 15 units highly encouraged) college students who plan to earn a certificate or an associate degree, or complete general education requirements to successfully transfer to a four-year institution.
SMCCC Foundation and other Scholarships
The San Mateo Community Colleges Foundation raises funds for scholarships, ensuring that every student can afford the quality higher education provided by the District's three colleges, Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. In addition to covering tuition, these life-changing scholarships ensure students are able to stay in school and finish their degrees by providing them with the means to purchase books, live in stable housing, maintain reliable transportation, and hire child support.
President's Innovation Funds
Each of the three colleges at the San Mateo County Community College District maintains a President's Innovation Fund. These Funds support creativity and innovation at each college. Faculty, Staff and Administrators are encouraged to “Dream Out Loud” and propose ideas that will support the college’s Mission - Vision - Values.
SMCCC Foundation Student Emergency Fund
Our students' lives have been disrupted as classes have moved online and their living situations have changed dramatically. In the best of times, many of our students are food- or housing-insecure. In the face of the current crisis, your generosity is the necessary lifeline our students now need to put food on the table, pay rent, and support their families, while continuing their education.
Undocumented Student Emergency Fund
The San Mateo County Community College District is proud of our "students first" mission, providing access to higher education for every student. Our vision and commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice includes critical support for our undocumented students. In an effort realize this vision, the District and the Foundation have created an Undocumented Student Fund to support these students as critical members of our campus communities.
The Foundation supports the District's three colleges with fundraising initiatives during important anniversary years. Upcoming and recent anniversaries include:
- Cañada College celebrated it's 50th Anniversary in 2018 - find out more about the College's history.
- Skyline College just celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2019
Watch Skyline College's 50th anniversary commemorative video!
- College of San Mateo's 100th Anniversary is in 2022 — The Foundation will join CSM in counting down to this very special centennial year
Donations supporting programs at each of the San Mateo County Community College District's three colleges help students achieve their educational goals. These generous gifts ensure that the colleges continue to offer academic breadth, quality, and innovation to anyone in the community who wishes to attend. To donate to a specific program, visit the Foundation's donation page and click "other" in the "Designation" drop down menu.
Degree and certificate programs at each of the District's colleges:
The Athletics programs at each of the District's three colleges promote excellence in sportsmanship, prepare leaders for tomorrow, and foster personal growth, discipline, assertiveness, and persistence. Generous donations to the Foundation help ensure that students continue to have access to these important athletic programs. To donate to a specific program, visit the Foundation's donation page and click "other" in the "Designation" drop down menu.
Athletics programs at each of the District's colleges:
KCSM Jazz 91
KCSM Jazz 91's mission is to craft extraordinary jazz programming, delivering the music and its related history to inspire and enlighten jazz listeners and artists worldwide.
The Chancellor's Circle is composed of local leaders and philanthropists who contribute $1,000 or more to the Foundation over the course of one fiscal year (July 1-June 30). These generous donations allow the Foundation to sustain student scholarships, programs grants, and funding for innovative faculty and staff projects. As the Foundation's highest-level donors, members of the Chancellor's Circle are acknowledged in the Foundation's annual report, and are invited to meet the District Chancellor at an exclusive annual reception in January. Members also receive invitations to special campus and community events as well as updates on the Foundation, the colleges, and the District.
To join the Chancellor's Circle or renew your membership, visit the Foundation's donation page.
Thank you to the Foundation's current Chancellor's Circle donors.