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San Diego Continuing Education to Award a Quarter of a Million Dollars in Scholarships and Awards

116 Adult Students Receive Financial Support from Donors

April 18, 2019

San Diego Continuing Education’s Career and College Bound Students Receive Scholarships at Stars on the Rise CeremonyIn academic year 2018-2019, San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) presents $250,000 in 150 scholarships and awards at the 11th annual “Stars on the Rise” Scholarship and Awards Ceremony. The student achievement event, hosted by the SDCE Foundation, will take place on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in southeastern San Diego (404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114), where 116 awardees will be recognized.

“This is the highest total amount of financial support ever awarded in the history of SDCE. Scholarships and awards are given to deserving students—many with plans to transition to career or college following their studies at SDCE based on academic merit, leadership and service to the community,” said Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., President of SDCE.

SDCE is California’s largest community college noncredit institution and the adult education division of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). SDCE offers the region’s only free short-term career training programs in priority workforce sectors such as Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Construction and Utilities, Health and Information and Communication Technologies. Many students achieve a high school diploma and/or career training at SDCE and then transition to a SDCCD college, City, Mesa or Miramar.

“Our event could not happen without the support of our donors and the myriads of scholarship funds they support,” said Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Ed.D., Executive Director of the SDCE Foundation. “Our Scholarship awards do two important things: they celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our students, which may even be the first time in their lives that they have excelled, and our scholarships help students reduce barriers to their next successes.”

SDCE awarded 9,434 certificates of completion in 2018-2019, more than any other community college noncredit adult educational institution in California.


The Stars on the Rise event begins at 4:00 p.m. when student recipients will meet the donors of these scholarships and awards during a short reception prior to opening remarks:

4:00 p.m. Student and Donor Reception

4:45  p.m. Opening remarks, Video Presentation

Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor, SDCCD, Maria Nieto Senour, Ph.D., President, SDCCD Board of Trustees Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., President of SDCE, Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Ed.D., Executive Director of SDCE Foundation

5:00 p.m. Scholarship and Awards Program, Opportunity Drawings

6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Student Success

Annette Bening Scholarship recipient, Claudia Osuna, dreams of studying criminal justice at a four-year university to ultimately mentor troubled youth. “Being awarded with this scholarship means a lot to me. As a full-time employee who makes minimum wage and attends school full-time, I often experience financial hardship. Sometimes it is very hard to make ends meet,” said Osuna. “This scholarship is a reminder that I’m not doing this alone and there are good people willing to help.” Following the completion of the GED program at SDCE, Osuna enrolled in City College.

Coretta Scott King Leadership Scholarship recipient, Olga Cayetano, completed the HiSET program at SDCE and plans to enroll at Mesa College to become a Physical Therapist. Cayetano is a single mom who works part time. She said, “Winning this scholarship motivated me to keep educating myself. It’s never too late to make my dreams happen.”

SDCE Foundation

SDCE scholarships are offered through the SDCE Foundation, which is also celebrating its 11th anniversary. Fundraising is supported through donations by faculty, staff, administrators and community partnerships. In addition to the SDCE Foundation Board members and officers, a Foundation Advisory Committee supports student scholarships through fundraising, donation and advocacy.

Learn more about contributing toward a student’s journey of educational achievement by contacting Laurie Coskey, Ed.D., SDCE Foundation Executive Director, at

Allura Garis